Capo de „Skrapari“ Bande – Top Albanian Mafia Boss: The case against former deputy prime minister Ilir Meta survived a procedural challenge in the Supreme Court

 12 Jul 2011 / 15:33
Albania Ex-Deputy PM to Face Corruption Trial

The case against former deputy prime minister Ilir Meta survived a procedural challenge in the Supreme Court; however prosecutors warn that the judges’ intermediate ruling has sent  the trial into unchartered territory.

Besar Likmeta

Tirana

Ilir Meta | Photo courtesy of MFA

The Supreme Court rejected on Monday an appeal from Meta’s lawyers to dismiss the cases on the grounds that the probe against the former deputy prime minister had started while he still enjoyed political immunity from prosecution.

Meta resigned after the broadcast earlier this year of a secretly filmed video in which he was seen discussing corrupt deals with another minister.

He has been charged with corruption and faces up to seven years in prison. Meta has denied wrongdoing and on Tuesday lashed out against the general prosecutor’s office, calling it “an extremist cell that was working to discredit him and his party”.

Meta compared the prosecutor’s office to the former Communist security agency, the Sigurimi, and vouched to reform it.

Transcripts of the video showed Meta asking the former economy minister, Dritan Prifti, to intervene over a hydropower plant concession tender. He discussed a bribe by a businessman of a 7 per cent stake or €700,000.

Meta also asks Prifti to hire activists of his own party, the Socialist Movement for Integration, LSI.

The LSI is the junior partner in the government of Prime Minister Sali Berisha, and controls the ministries of economy, foreign affairs and health.

Although it only holds four parliamentary seats, the LSI came out as the kingmaker in the 2009 parliamentary elections, which were narrowly won by Berisha’s right-wing Democratic Party.

Meta is head of the LSI and, at the time of the recording was deputy prime minister and foreign minister. The tape also shows him boasting about having influenced a Supreme Court trial, involving the same hydropower plant.

Meta is overheard saying that he can influence court decisions because he is on good terms with Chief Justice Shpresa Becaj, after having hired her daughter as a diplomat at an embassy.

He then asks Prifti to keep the affair quiet because he is afraid the prosecutor’s office might open an investigation into it.

Becaj has denied any wrongdoing, maintaining that her daughter got the job on her own merits.

General Prosecutor Ina Rama filed charges against Meta in early May after a four-month investigation, following the broadcast in January of the secretly filmed video.

Meta says the video was heavily edited and that his words were taken out of context.

However, prosecutors maintain that they have been able to verify the video as genuine through the help of an American and a British expert.

Monday’s ruling by the Supreme Court also dismissed the expertise of the two foreign experts, arguing that it had been wrongly obtained by prosecutors.

The court said that prosecutors should have requested their expertise through a mutual legal assistance request.

Meta’s lawyers contested the decision to engage the American and British experts, saying the prosecutors should have used interior ministry experts to authenticate the tape.

Sources in the general prosecutors’ office,  told Balkan Insight that the ruling was „absurd“, arguing that the penal code and the articles cited by the judges do not mention a need for foreign expert witnesses to be contracted through a mutual legal assistance request.

The US and British authorities had refused to provide assistance with expertise during the investigation, and case prosecutors had opted to engage independent experts.

They same sources confirmed that during the trial the prosecutors’ office would ask the court to recall the same US expert who conducted the original expertise, Glenn Bard.

Meanwhile, the court is expected also to admit an expert witness from the defence concerning the authenticity of the tape.

As Bard is an independent expert who does not work for a US governmental agency, it is unclear how he could be called to testify through a mutual legal assistance request.

The corruption case against Meta is the first recent high-profile indictment of a government minister to go to trial; several other cases have been dismissed on procedural grounds under highly questionable verdicts.

In 2009, the court dismissed cases against former interior minister Lulzim Basha over alleged abuse of power in the buildig of the Albania-Kosovo highway. The court also dismissed the case against Environment Minister Fatmir Mediu over his role in the deadly blast on March 15, 2008, at an ammunition demolition depot, which killed 26 people and wounded more than 300.

The cases against Basha and Mediu related to their roles as ministers of transport and defence respectively in the previous government of Prime Minister Sali Berisha. Both have denied wrongdoing.

The decision of the Supreme Court has led some members of the legal community to describe it as out of control. The deputy head of the high council of justice, Kreshnik Spahiu, has called for a constitutional amendment to bring the court under the authority and the supervision of the council.

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http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/albania-ex-deputy-pm-to-face-corruption-trial

Salih Berisha über die Mafia Geschäfte seines Partners: Ilir Meta


TV outet Ilir Meta “Frankenstein” der Albanisches Politik, als er 700.000 € Bestechungsgeld fordert
Die Skandale rund um die Skapari Bande, mit Ilir Meta als Häuptling, Lefter Koca, Spartak Braho, Dritan Prifti, Vasili, Luan Rama, waren alle schon vor 10 Jahren bekannt.

Der frühere Generalstaatsanwalt Arben Rakipi, bestätigte heute, das er damals schon vor 10 Jahren gegen Ilir Meta und Dritan Prifti, wegen total Korruption ermittelte, aber dann in 2002 abgesetzt wurde. siehe unten.

Wir brachten schon vor weit über einem Jahr, viele Details, Fakten über die kriminellen Machenschaften des Dritan Prifti und Ilir Meta, als Beide an vordester Front (+ andere Minister damals) das “State Caputure”, der Extrem Albaner Verbrecher Clans, in Albanien zelebrierten und im September 2009, erstaunlicherweise, wieder zu Ministern und Vize – Premier ernannt wurden. Direkt daran wie so oft beteiligt, ebenso die Drogen Verbrecher Familie Dervishi, wo eine der Gestalten heute in Athen Botschafter ist, und Sokol Dervishi (Cousin 1. Grades von Ilir Meta), praktisch als Chef Organisator erneut auftritt. Dervishi Gestalten, haben auch höchste Polizei Posten und Minister Posten inne gehabt.

Dritan Prifti Ilir Meta
Ilir Meta und Dritan Prifti
Im hier dargestellten Einzelfal, geht es um ein privates Gespräch, der Minister Ilir Meta und Dritan Prifti, wieviel Ilir Meta, vom Bestechungs Geld beansprucht, mit anschliessender Preis Verhandlung mit der Firma “Egnatia”, von Agim Çupi und andere Personen und Firmen.
meta Dritan Prifti
Nun erreichen diese Skandale durch die eröffentlichte Videos, neue Höhepunkte, wobei Ilir Meta und seine Frau Monika Kryemadhi, Luxus Villen im Golf von Laze, in Mali e Robit, Dhermi hat, die nicht im Vermögen angegeben sind. Ebenso Einkaufs Passagen in Tirana usw., was Alles unter anderem Namen registriert ist. Ebenso Feder führend beim illegalen Bauen mit eigener Baufirma in Tirana, wie Sarande. Motor der Bestechlichkeit, krimineller Partner Clans und der Mafia Baufirmen. Viele Partei Mitglieder und LSI Politiker, sind den Gerichten gut bekannte Kriminelle.

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Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift:

 

Situata në Shqipëri është shumë e tensionuar. Pas dorëheqjes së zevëndëskryeministrit Ilir Meta, opozita ka bërë thirrje për një protestë të madhe për rrëzimin e qeverisë Berisha, që sipas tyre është e korruptuar.

 

Pyetje: Zonja Pack, situata politike në Shqipëri ka arritur kulmin pas publikimit të video-s për korrupsion të ish zëvendëskryeministrit Ilir Meta. Kjo ka thelluar më tej hendekun mes dy kampeve politike. Cili është mendimi juaj për këtë gjendje?

Doris Pack: Situata është e trishtueshme, situata tani po eskalon. Ështe në rregull që Ilir Meta dha dorëheqjen. Por në Shqipëri ka vazhdimisht të akuzuar për korrupsion, vazhdimisht njëra palë fajëson tjetrën. Natyrisht që opozita e shfrytëzon këtë sa të mundet, por kjo e tëra mund të rezultojë në bumerang. Por e trishtueshme është që situata politike në Shqipëri e bën të vështirë punën. Shumë ligje nuk kanë mundur të miratohen në parlament për shkak se kërkohet një shumicë votash, më e madhe se sa fraksionet qeveritare. E tëra klima politike është helmuar. Kur lexon gazetat e përditshme, pyet kur do të marrë fund kjo dhe kur qytetarët e Shqipërisë do ta humbasin durimin. Protestat e vazhdueshme të opozitës dhe kërcënimet janë tërësisht kontraproduktive. Unë mund të them se situata tani në Shqipëri është për të ardhur keq.

Pyetje: A janë vënë në pikëpyetje institucionet e Shqipërisë? Kam parasysh këtu debatet mjaft të ashpra në parlament. Kultura e një parlamenti të mirëfilltë demokratik duket se është larg kritereve që kërkon BE, zonja Pack.

Doris Pack: Jo. Unë mendoj se institucionet janë aty. Qeveria punon, tani një ministër u tërhoq dhe ai është zevëndësuar, gjë që ndodh shpesh në Shqipëri. Pra qeveria punon, parlamenti është i zgjedhur dhe po punon. Nuk ka arsye që opozita të thotë se ky parlament nuk është legjitim. Ka vetëm sulme të vazhdueshme nga opozita por që nuk ka shkuar asnjëherë në gjykatën kushtetuese, gjë që bën që opozita të mos marrë pjesë rregullisht në parlament. Institucionet mund të funksionojnë, edhe parlamenti funksionon, por kur atij i duhet një shumicë e madhe, nuk funksionon. Kjo vjen nga mosbashkëpunimi me opozitën.

Pyetje: Më 21 janar opozita do të organizojë një protestë të madhe për largimin e qeverisë Berisha. BE bën thirrje për dialog politik. Si mund të arrihet deri aty?

Doris Pack: Kam kohë që dëgjoj për organizimin e demonstratave të mëdha ose më pak të mëdha, apo grevë urie. Kjo nuk është politikë. Kjo është një lojë e paparë në kurriz të popullit. Njerëzit presin që deputetët që ata i kanë votuar të bëjnë politikë, të flasin në parlament për problemet e tyre. Kur je në opozitë nuk mund të arrish të gjitha ato kur je në qeveri. Por kjo është normale në çdo system demokratik. Dhe këto protesta nuk ndihmojnë askënd dhe veç kësaj dëmtojnë imazhin e Shqipërisë. Dialogu politik do të ishte i domosdoshëm. Por politikanët duhet të jenë të gatshëm të punojnë për këtë. Ata duhet të jenë të hapur po ashtu për një dialog. Që të jesh i hapur do të thotë që të bësh kompromis dhe jo vetëm të protestosh.

Pyetje: A do të ishte zhvillimi i zgjedhjeve të parakohshme një zgjidhje përfundimtare e krizës politike që po zgjat prej gati 20 muajsh në Shqipëri, zonja Pack?

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http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,14776957,00.html

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