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Former dictatorship investigator fails to head SPAK/Arben Kraja “hostage” of politics?

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Former dictatorship investigator fails to head SPAK/Arben Kraja “hostage” of politics?

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Arben Kraja, the head of the SPAK, a former investigator during the communist dictatorship, doesn’t seem to be succeeding at the helm of the Special Anti-Corruption Structure.

Kraja has excelled during communism, but all likelihood shows that he has failed at the helm of SPAK, the most talked about institution and most supported by the international community, such as the US Embassy in Tirana and beyond.

During the dictatorship, Kraja served piously to the power of that time. He has demanded punishments for those who tried to cross the state border, an act that at time was considered a crime against the state.

Today, when there is a great corruption in the institutions of the Albanian state, when citizens’ taxes are being extorted, ie crimes are being committed against citizens, Arben Kraja is silent, he doesn’t act or investigate.

He is suspected of continuing to maintain the line of being a loyal servant of power, sticking to the version “the wolf changes his hair, but not his habit”.

When he took office as the head of SPAK in December 2019, he stated that he had no time for words, as there was a lot of work to be done.

But then more than a year has passed since that statement, there seems to be more words than work. We have seen Arben Kraja walking around the TV studios, more than working. The results are minimal, to say the least.

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It seems as if Kraja has been placed at the head of that institution to defend government corruption or high-level corruption, and is suspected of working only on political orders.

The SPAK was set up for prosecutors investigating corruption to be independent, as were often accused of having direct links to politics and big business.

But it seems that such a thing hasn’t been achieved yet, despite the fact that all conditions have been created for SPAK prosecutors.

Arben Kraja must either admit that he is a hostage of politics and resign from the management of that institution, or he must show by deeds that he is independent and investigate and bring to justice high-level officials.

So far, he has only spoken, but is not paid in that duty for words. He is not a fortune-teller who sees the cup, but is there to do justice, away from the influence of politics.

SPAK, which was trumpeted as a hope for the new Albanian justice, is turning out to be a soap bubble.

This institution has only raised the hopes of those who work there to increase their wealth. Meanwhile, we remind that there are those in SPAK, who have suspiciously passed the Vetting process, and this is thanks to the connections they have with the government./CNA.al

Ish-hetuesi i diktaturës dështon në SPAK/ Arben Kraja “peng” i politikës?

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Chinese chemical fertilizer for Albanians/ SPAK involved in scandal?

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Chinese chemical fertilizer for Albanians/ SPAK involved in scandal?

In some investigative articles, CNA.al has denounced a scandal of unimaginable proportions. It is about a scandal that occurred in 2018, for which CNA.al has shown with exclusive documents how thousands of boxes of Chinese pesticides used in agriculture have entered our country, not certified by the European Union, and which were prohibited by law.

CNA.al showed with exclusive documents how quantities of banned pesticides were transported from Shanghai of China to Durrës.

A part of the quantity was ordered by “AGRO-ZANI shpk” company, with address in Berat, which stated that the Chinese exporting company is a subsidiary of a Spanish company, which has never been proven.

While, another quantity, turns out to have been ordered by “Shegaj-Agr shpk” company, which is administered by Adriatik Hadëri. This company has cleared on March 14, 2018, a quantity of pesticides in the port of Durres, which are used in agriculture, where it is clearly stated that the exporting company is a Chinese company.

Hadëri stated that the Chinese exporting company is a subsidiary of the company “MAC-GmbH”, with address in Germany. CNA.al has also proved with exclusive documents that the scandal has been referred to the Durrës Prosecutor’s Office for investigation. The file contained a complete information, provided by the Directorate of Investigation in the Customs Directorate.

And the Supreme State Audit has also started a control in the customs regarding the scandal in question. CNA.al went further to the investigation, while from several sources we learned that the Director of Investigation who has revealed this scandal, Ervin Brahaj, has had a strong clash with Deputy Prime Minister Erion Brace, and the latter demanded the removal of Brahaj from his duty.

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So, Deputy Prime Minister Erion Brace has demanded the resignation of the director of Customs Investigation, who revealed the scandal of the introduction in Albania of thousands of boxes of Chinese pesticides, which were strictly prohibited by law. But, even though almost two weeks have passed since CNA.al denounced the scandal in question, SPAK remains silent.

SPAK is one of the institutions emerging from the Justice Reform, for which expectations are high not only from the Albanian public, but also from the international community. And now it is facing the test.

The Special Prosecution Office against Organized Crime and Corruption is the institution that is supposed to investigate corruption among senior officials, and the case of the scandal of the introduction in China of Chinese pesticides prohibited by law, which is suspected to involve senior government officials Rama, is the proof that SPAK must give.

The documents are clear, the evidence are there, and the SPAK has a chance to show Albanians that the missing justice will finally come. So, SPAK has the opportunity to show whether it is at the level required by Albanians or is a part to corruption./CNA.al

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Ilir Meta, 100 million dollars of wealth in England?/The details that raise doubts

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In 2016, investigative journalist Artan Hoxha stated that English journalists had followed in the footsteps of an Albanian company registered in London, which served as a cover for a very powerful albanian politician.

According to Hoxha, the same politician, there owns 51 property titles worth 70 million pounds, which have been invested in area A of London. And these properties are named after an Albanian citizen from a district in northern Albania.

All this wealth, according to journalist Hoxha, was preserved through the gold exchange in the years 2002-2003, and the British found that the amount of gold came from Albania. Hoxha didn’t mention any politician name. But immediately in the media, was mentioned the name of Ilir Meta, the current president who was bent for such a fortune in London, of 70 million pounds or 100 million dollars. In fact, Meta’s connection to this property was made after former Prime Minister Sali Berisha had issued accusations against him in connection with the robbery of the State Treasury. 280 kg of gold were stolen from the State Treasury after the events of 1997.

According to Berisha, Ilir Meta celebrated the New Year 1999 with the stolen gold. “In December 1999 you celebrated the New Year by stealing the treasure of Albanians”- Berisha declared for Ilir Meta in July 2000. Since the scandal was first denounced in the media in early 2000, and until July in 2009, when he joined him in government, Berisha called Meta “Golden Ilir”. Meanwhile, Meta has repeatedly denied these accusations.

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Transactions in London

But there is another detail that connects the president with this great wealth in London. These are transactions that have taken place in London to cover tuition fees for children. All three children of Ilir Meta were educated in Great Britain.

In 2017, the Meta family stated that they paid 140.000 pounds for their education. While in 2018 a bank account has been declared of about 12.000 pounds, again for school expenses. The president and his wife have spent staggering sums on their children’s education with just one salary in the public administration.

Later, in 2020, the Meta-Kryemadhi couple declares that they cover the cost of educating their children in London by selling some apartments owned by Kryemadhi. During 2020, Meta and Kryemadhi have benefited another 50.000 euros from previous contracts for the sale of apartments.

But on the other hand they have withdrawn from Albanian banks 39.000 euros and about 60.000 pounds, spending part of the money in accounts of children who are being educated in England. So far there is no investigation by the judiciary for the much-discussed wealth of Ilir Meta, to clarify whether it has to do with wealth in London, or even other wealth in Albania./CNA.al

Ilir Meta, 100 milionë dollarë pasuri në Angli?/ Detajet që ngrejnë dyshime

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All the losers of Lulzim Basha’s “victory”

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CNA.al published two days ago exclusive data, which showed the failure of the political leaders of Lulzim Basha in the elections of April 25, 2021. According to them, the team of Lulzim Basha has managed to get about 85.000 votes less than the target set by leader of the Democratic Party.

The target was about 707.;000 votes, while the result achieved is about 620.000 votes. Only 3 or 4 of Lulzim Basha’s political leaders have achieved their goals, while 16 out of 20 of them have failed, some of them for the second or third time.

Bujar Leskaj in Vlora region managed to get only 4 mandates. In this district, the DP had a slight increase in votes, but it was still 7.972 votes less than the target.

In Korça, where there were two political leaders, Ervin Salianji and Edmond Spaho, the target was 60.400 votes, but in the ballot boxes there were about 10.000 votes less than the target, and about 6.000 votes less than in 2013, when DP came out in opposition.

In the region of Fier the political leader was Enkeled Aliabeaj, He ran for the third time since 2015, once as mayor, and 2 times for MP, and the result was almost 15.000 votes less than the target set by Basha.

In the region of Elbasan the result was not bad, and the DP is closer to the target, which has come because of the great decline of the SMI.

Tritan Shehu, the head of the region in Gjirokastra, received only 1 of the 4 mandates. Out of 23.500 votes that was the target set by Basha, he was able to get only 13.971 votes, over 9.000 votes less.

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In the region of Tirana, Jorida Tabaku, the political leader for unit number 2, received 2.000 votes less than the target, while Alfred Rushaj over 1.900 votes less. Only 3-4 political leaders of the Tirana region have achieved the goal set by Basha, which has led to a balance of votes in this region.

 

Grida Duma in Kavaja failed sensationally, receiving 14.064 votes, or 4.236 votes less than the target. Flamur Noka in Kamza, is another failure, as he received 1144 votes less. An embarrassing result, in one of the bastions of the right. In the region of Durrës, the result was catastrophic.

DP Deputy Chairman Edi Paloka received 600 votes less than the target. Durrës was expected to score a big victory for the DP, but this didn’t happen. There is an increase in the number of votes, but a big difference between DP and SP.

Shkodra is the main bastion where DP failed. Political leader Helidon Bushati received 16.401 votes less than the target. Even Xhelal Mziu in Dibër, who claimed a great victory, got 8258 votes less than the target.

 

Another staggering failure is that of Mark Marku and multi-faceted analyst Agron Gjekmarkaj in the Lezha region. In Lezha, the DP received 33.998 votes, out of 37.000 that was the target. So minus 3.000 votes./CNA.al

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