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.
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