September was expected to be the month of finalizing a fierce battle against corruption by the SPAK, the special prosecutor’s office. This was publicly stated by the head of this institution, but also by the US Ambassador to Tirana, Yuri Kim.
The latter has given strong public support to the SPAK and the new justice institutions. But in fact as the third week of September is closing, and there is nothing new from SPAK. For months, we haven’t heard nothing, not about the so-called “big fish”, but also about the big corruption scandals.
So, on the corrupt affair of the century, that of incinerators. There is no talk at all about the hot files that this institution has in its hands. The incinerators’ affair is a denunciation made by the media, but also by political structures.
It has a value of almost 500 million euros, and include names like Mirel Mërtiri, his cohabitant Stela Gugallja, Klodian Zoto, and even media executives like Vjollca Hoxha, Ben Blushi and others. But SPAK is still not doing anything visible in this regard.
There is no signal on the file that started with the Elbasan incinerator, with 22 million euros received from Albanian taxes, from a company that officially claimed to have a capital of only 1 million old Lek (1.000 dollars).
Then the same company won the concession for the construction of the incinerator in Fier, worth 28 million euros, that today after almost 5 years, has not yet started to operate. In this case, excuses are always given for “problems”, as in the case of Elbasan or Fier.
The same things with the incinerator in Tirana worth about 128 million, where there is no incinerator yet. Here we have only landfilled management from a network of companies controlled by Klodian Zoto. Finally, the millions of euros given by the Municipality of Durrës, to take the waste to the incinerator in Tirana, which doesn’t exist.
SPAK is currently in front of a test. Not only in front of public opinion, but also in front of foreign diplomats. Before the US and the EU, because of the investment they have made in Justice Reform. 5-6 years of reform, and today there is still no official accusation in a file where there are hundreds of thousands of documents that show a clear corruption affair.
The former minister who signed the affair, Lefter Koka, resigned from the mandate of deputy, shortly before the start of the new parliamentary session. Another man who signed, Alqi Bllako, former Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, has become a Socialist Party MP.
His brother collaborates in media partnerships with incinerators, at Lori Kafe. Hundreds facts have been published on this issue. Since the sale of shares of Lori Kafe, the companies of Stela Gugalla with Ben Blushi and Vjollca Hoxha, to the companies publicly denounced by the President of the Republic with documents showing that Alqi Bllako’s father was paid.
Facts and documents were further published, which show the scandal and corruption of incinerators. The so-called corrupt affair of the century, which will burden Albanians at the expense of about 500 million euros, of which 50 million in just a few years.
They were paid by the government directly to the pockets of the network of Mirel Mërtiri, Klodian Zotos, Stela Gugalla and the media they finance. So, from the money they receive from the state, from the money of the Albanian taxpayers, they finance the media to protect them.
Maybe even to prevent justice from revealing the truth. But this is not the time to believe it. It is time to hope. The first three weeks of September are gone. The month is coming to an end. There is still no accusation from SPAK on this issue. Although some files have been filed by the Knitting Thurje Initiative and the Democratic Party.
They have also been published by the media, but after almost 10 months since the creation of SPAK, we are still not seeing anything. We are not yet learning the truth about a corrupt dossier, which burdens not only the state budget, but abuses the taxes of Albanians by the ruling government, the ruling party, but also by its yesterday’s alliance with the SMI.
Albanians have high hopes and expect to see how the incinerator scheme will be dismantled, so that no one dares to touch the taxes of Albanians for corrupt interests. The SPAK has the touchstone to justify the confidence of the US and the EU that they have invested directly in the reform carried out in the justice system in Albania.
To the team they have set up. At the National Bureau of Investigation, in order to know the whole truth about an affair which affects the highest levels of Albanian state officials./CNA.al
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