EIU – Balkan Experte: ‚Cover-Up of Protestor Deaths ‚Blow to Albania’s Reputation‘

24 Jan 2012 / 14:01
Cover-Up of Protestor Deaths ‚Blow to Albania’s Reputation‘

Gabriel Partos, an analyst with the Economist Intelligence Unit, tells Balkan Insight that allegations of a high-level conspiracy to cover-up the murder of protestors during the January 21 riots is a further blow to Albania’s already tarnished reputation.

Besar Likmeta


Gabriel Partos | Photo courtesy of the Economist Intelligence Unit

 Q: What picture of Albanian democracy and rule of law emerges from the arrests of three state officials for the murder of protestors and conspiracy to conceal evidence during the January 21, 2011 riots?

A: The new charges are very serious, because they allege a high-level conspiracy within government circles to cover up what appears to have been criminal activity. The charges represent a further blow to Albania’s reputation for upholding the rule of law.  It’s a reputation that has already been seriously dented in recent years by the disputes over the results of the 2009 parliamentary elections and the 2011 mayoral elections in Tirana, the killings of the four demonstrators and by the failure of the legal system to produce any convictions of prominent figures who’ve been charged with corruption.

Q: Prime Minister Sali Berisha considers the January 21, demonstration to be a coup d’état orchestrated by the general prosecutor, the president, the secret service head and the opposition. He recently threatened to arrest the general prosecutor and the president when they leave office. Should the EU tolerate this sort of behavior from an aspiring candidate state or speak out forcefully against it?

A: Threats to arrest senior officials involved in law enforcement or the judiciary would appear to be a serious interference with justice. It’s incompatible with the separation of powers between the executive and the judiciary, which is a cornerstone of democracy.

The EU tends to choose its words carefully, and it rarely speaks about forcefully, unless it’s dealing with major threats to international peace or large-scale repression by dictatorial regimes. With an aspiring member such as Albania it has different, constructive relations. But its views in relation to Albania are very clear, and Albania’s failure for two years in a row to secure the status of a candidate for EU membership is evidence of the EU’s standpoint on this issue.

Q: What impact will the attacks from Prime Minister Sali Berisha against the general prosecutor and the president have on Albania’s EU bid?

A: Albania has no chance of securing EU candidate status until it changes direction. That requires, among other things, the resumption of a constructive dialogue between the government and the opposition, an end to political interference with the judiciary and a genuine attempt to tackle corruption.

The conditions are not too onerous–after all, Montenegro, which started its EU integration process much later than Albania, has already secure candidate status, and is expected to open EU accession talks in June. Incidentally, the decline in democratic standards in Albania has been highlighted by various international surveys, including the EIU’s recently published 2011 Democracy Index, which has tracked Albania’s slide to 87th position (out of 167 countries) from 84th place in 2010 and 81st in 2008.


Interview mit Gabriel Partosh, auf Albanisch

Gabriel Partosh: Prishja e provave nga qeveria, goditje për reputacionin e dëmtuar tashmë të Shqipërisë
24 Janar, 2012 | 

23.1.2012: House arrest, for: Albanian Republican Guard Head Ndrea Prendi, the killer of the world crime Boss: Salih Berisha

23 Jan 2012 / 19:21
Three Arrested for Murder in Albania Deadly Riot

The head of the Republican Guard, his driver and an IT expert from the premier’s office have been placed under house arrest as part of the probe into a deadly protest in January 2011.

Besar Likmeta

In a press conference late on Monday, General Prosecutor Ina Rama announced that her office had ordered the arrests.

The protests on January 21, 2011 turned into a riot when several hundred opposition marchers attacked the police barricade set up to protect the Prime Minister’s office, using sticks, stones and Molotov cocktails.

Police responded with tear gas, water cannons and later with live ammunition fire, leaving four protestors dead and dozens wounded.

Prosecutor Rama explained that ballistics tests carried out in the laboratories of the FBI show that one of the bullets found in the body of one of the murdered protestors had come from the weapon of the Republican Guard head, Ndrea Prendi.Tirana

Republican Guard Head Ndrea Prendi was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Haft Befehle rund um den 21. Januar 2011 in Tirana gegen: IT- Chef: Armando Kasa, National Guard Chef: Ndrea Prendi und seinem Fahrer: Margit Kume 

DW: Wenn Volks Terroristen die “Kultur der Straflosigkeit” in Albanien zelebrieren

Die Peinlichkeit im Null Funktion Staat, wenn die Ilir Meta / Spartak Braho uralt Mafia, die Justiz kauft 

SZ-Journalist Enver Robelli: Albanische Politik Prominenz: “Sizilianischer Mafia-Stil” nach Franz Kafka 

Enver Robelli: Aventura shqiptare e Fatos Nanos dhe Sali Berishës 

International Terrrorists – Mafia boss get new identity behind with Albanian biometric passports 

Die dümmsten im Balkan vergessen die einfachsten Dinge nach einem Monat: wie eben Salih Berisha, der erneut nach einem Monat, die Verhaftung der Generalstaatsanwältin und des Präsidenten Bamir Topi ankündigte, nachdem Selbige die Fakten der FBI Beweise akzeptierten und Haft Befehle beantragten, gegen den IT Chef von Salih Berisha und seinem National Guard Chef: Ndreau Prendi

In Albanien arbeitet eine Idioten Mafia, welche zugleich der dümmste Banditen Club der Welt ist und Hunder Mal schlimmer als Gaddafi.

EU verbietet dem Gangster Salih Berisha, weitere Angriffe auf die Staatsanwältin, Staatspräsidenten und Geheimdienst Chef 

Most Syrians back President Assad, but you’d never know from western media

Most Syrians back President Assad, but you’d never know from western media

Assad’s popularity, Arab League observers, US military involvement: all distorted in the west’s propaganda war

  • Jonathan Steele

  • guardian.co.uk,
  • Pro-Assad demonstration

    A demonstration in support of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, in Damascus. ‚Some 55% of Syrians want Assad to stay, motivated by fear of civil war.‘ Photograph: Hussein Malla/AP

    Suppose a respectable opinion poll found that most Syrians are in favour of Bashar al-Assad remaining as president, would that not be major news? Especially as the finding would go against the dominant narrative about the Syrian crisis, and the media considers the unexpected more newsworthy than the obvious.

    Alas, not in every case. When coverage of an unfolding drama ceases to be fair and turns into a propaganda weapon, inconvenient facts get suppressed. So it is with the results of a recent YouGov Siraj poll on Syria commissioned by The Doha Debates, funded by the Qatar Foundation. Qatar’s royal family has taken one of the most hawkish lines against Assad – the emir has just called for Arab troops to intervene – so it was good that The Doha Debates published the poll on its website. The pity is that it was ignored by almost all media outlets in every western country whose government has called for Assad to go.

    The key finding was that while most Arabs outside Syria feel the president should resign, attitudes in the country are different. Some 55% of Syrians want Assad to stay, motivated by fear of civil war – a spectre that is not theoretical as it is for those who live outside Syria’s borders. What is less good news for the Assad regime is that the poll also found that half the Syrians who accept him staying in power believe he must usher in free elections in the near future. Assad claims he is about to do that, a point he has repeated in his latest speeches. But it is vital that he publishes the election law as soon as possible, permits political parties and makes a commitment to allow independent monitors to watch the poll.

    Biased media coverage also continues to distort the Arab League’s observer mission in Syria. When the league endorsed a no-fly zone in Libya last spring, there was high praise in the west for its action. Its decision to mediate in Syria was less welcome to western governments, and to high-profile Syrian opposition groups, who increasingly support a military rather than a political solution. So the league’s move was promptly called into doubt by western leaders, and most western media echoed the line. Attacks were launched on the credentials of the mission’s Sudanese chairman. Criticisms of the mission’s performance by one of its 165 members were headlined. Demands were made that the mission pull out in favour of UN intervention.

    The critics presumably feared that the Arab observers would report that armed violence is no longer confined to the regime’s forces, and the image of peaceful protests brutally suppressed by army and police is false. Homs and a few other Syrian cities are becoming like Beirut in the 1980s or Sarajevo in the 1990s, with battles between militias raging across sectarian and ethnic fault lines.

    As for foreign military intervention, it has already started. It is not following the Libyan pattern since Russia and China are furious at the west’s deception in the security council last year. They will not accept a new United Nations resolution that allows any use of force. The model is an older one, going back to the era of the cold war, before „humanitarian intervention“ and the „responsibility to protect“ were developed and often misused. Remember Ronald Reagan’s support for the Contras, whom he armed and trained to try to topple Nicaragua’s Sandinistas from bases in Honduras? For Honduras read Turkey, the safe haven where the so-called Free Syrian Army has set up.



    Stupid „Vetevendosje“ protests and Kosovo buckles down to become visa-free

    Kosovo buckles down to become visa-free


    Now that the dialogue is under way, Kosovo faces a road of reforms and challenges.

    EU Kommissarin Cecilia Malmström
    By Linda Karadaku for Southeast European Times in Pristina — 21/01/12

    „Whether, and how soon, citizens obtain the privilege of visa-free travel will depend entirely on Kosovo’s continuing efforts to implement reforms…,“ European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström said. [Laura Hasani/SETimes]

    After launching a dialogue with the EU on visa liberalization this week, Kosovo now faces the difficult task of meeting the required criteria to make the visa-free process a reality.

    Although the government is enthusiastic about the challenge, some analysts are wary.

    „I think the biggest challenges for us in this process will be the prevention of illegal migration and the requests for asylum. Several countries in the region that have visa liberalisation are at risk [of losing it] due to the extended number of asylum-seekers from those countries,“ Kosovo Minister for European Integration Vlora Citaku told SETimes.

    The Union lifted visa requirements for Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro in December 2009, and Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania in 2010.

    Aside from these issues, the country must „implement substantial reforms in key areas such as the security of travel documents; border, migration and asylum management; public order and security issues — notably the fight against organised crime and corruption; and fundamental rights issues related to the freedom of movement,“ European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström said Thursday, as she launched the talks.

    But, Citaku says, the government has been working for two years to prepare for the dialogue.

    Kosovo has launched the civil registry, has started to distribute biometric passports, has approved the strategy for the reintegration of repatriated persons and has approved the national strategy to fight illegal migration and action plan on the implementation of integrated border management.

    „We are prepared in many criteria which countries in the region have fulfilled in a very advanced phase of the process,“ Citaku told SETimes.

    But some say the reforms go beyond obtaining visa liberalisation.

    „Kosovo should address challenges in the border control sector, inter-state organized crime, repatriation and reaching technical and technological standards in the administrative system. But also improving of the political image and [improving] the economic situation of the country,“ Agron Bajrami, Kosovo columnist, editor-in-chief of daily Koha Ditore told SETimes.

    „These are probably the biggest challenges because these are real and deep problems which have not been addressed — they are also the stain that burdens Kosovo’s name in almost every quarter of the world. [Dealing with these issues] will go beyond the time frames and political frames of visa liberalization.“

    Kosovar Civil Society Foundation European Integration Programme Co-ordinator Fatmir Curri said that the process is dependant on timing, and fulfilling of the criteria in the guide.

    „The guide is expected to be finalised by the European Commission this spring,“ Curri told SETimes.

    While Prime Minister Hashim Thaci expressed optimism and the readiness of his government to fulfill the criteria in a record time, many of Kosovo’s citizens are indifferent about the talks.

    Limited logistics, cold weather ends Vetevendosje protests


    For the second straight weekend, supporters of the Vetevendosje (Self-determination) Movement gathered at two border crossings to protest a lack of implementation of the reciprocity agreement with Serbia. But this time, the protests were peaceful.

    By Linda Karadaku for Southeast European Times in Pristina — 23/01/12

    Vetevendosje members protest in the town of Podujevo, close to the Merdare border crossing point between Kosovo and Serbia on Sunday (January 22nd). [Reuters]

    The opposition Vetevendosje (Self-determination) Movement wrapped up its protests at the crossings with Serbia, in Merdar/Merdare and Dheu I Bardhe/Bela Zemlja, after midnight, saying police restrictions and the very low temperatures had made it impossible to remain.

    Vetevendosje ended its main protest in Merdar/Merdare at about 1:35 am, after Kosovo Police had arrested activist Veton Dragusha, who had been handling logistics. „In a sign of responsibility for the wellbeing of the protesters, the leaders of Vetevendosje Movement asked them to disperse in a quiet way,“ the movement said.

    „The peaceful protest to protect the Republic, for the domestic products and against Serbia, will continue in the future, in other forms as well,“ Shpend Ahmeti, deputy chairman of the Movement told protesters and reporters at Merdar/Merdare.

    Politika aktuale e Kosovës po e qon vendin në qorrsokak dhe vetëvrasje!

    Nga Asllan Dibrani

    Edhe dita e djeshme me plot acar, me një petk te bardhe nga dëbora Vetëvendosën nuk e zmbrapsi, por përkundrazi, u grumbulluan në forma masive drejt dy pikave Merdare dhe Dheu i Bardhë ku u mbajtën protestat . Protesta paqësore e Lëvizjes Vetëvendosje, duke qëndruar në këto temperatura të ulëta dhe duke e solidarizuar dhe ndihmuar edhe nga populli me ushqim, pije, batanije, e mjete të tjera logjistike, që janë më se të nevojshme për qëndrimin e protestuesve në këtë mot të ftohtë me moton, mbrojtjen e Republikës se Kosovës të abuzuar, përdhunuar , anashkaluar dhe nëpërkëmbur nga Politika e Serbisë.

    Pamje e protestës se 22.01.2012 në afërsi te pikës kufitare Mendare te Podujevës.

    Kjo politikë , pjesërisht e përkrahur edhe nga disa të huaj, po mjerisht duke mos e penguar as Qeveria aktuale e Kosovës nën presionin e politikes se Euleksit përfaqësues të shteteve të Evropës qe monitorojnë në Kosovë.
    Protestat ishin po me të njëjtin pretekst bllokimi mallrave serbe në Merdar dhe të Dheu i Bardhë, dy pika kufitare, këto me Serbinë qe depërtonojnë mallrat serbe ,po mos te flasim për Mitrovicën , qe atje po cenohet e drejta dhe sovraniteti i Kosovës nga një grusht qytetaresh serb qe 13 vjet, ne mos funksionimin e shtetit tonë.

    Në protestat e vetëvendosjes, pjesëmarrje masive nga te gjitha anët po edhe të huaj!
    Pjesëmarrja ishte masive nga te gjitha qytetet e Kosovës po edhe nga Shqiperia , Maqedonia , Presheva e gjetiu , po edhe të huajt siç ishte i madhi dhe i pa vdekshmi Ish-ambasadori i OSBE-së në Kosovë, shefi i Misionit të OSBE së në Kosovë, William Walker i cili u prononcua pro Vetëvendosjes.
    walker kosovo
    Pamje e shefi të Misionit të OSBE së në Kosovë, William Walker i cili u prononcua pro Vetëvendosjes.

    Protestuesve iu është bashkuar lideri i Lëvizjes Vetëvendosje, Albin Kurti dhe Florin Krasniqi, por edhe zyrtar tjerë te VV qe hera – herës dhanë opinionet e veta për protestën . Në këtë protestë ishin edh e policia të qetë dhe pjesa dërmuese ishin në bashkëveprim dhe mirëkuptim me protestuesit. Në kalimin e kohës nuk dihet se me urdhrin e kujt, por tek Dheu i Bardhë, afër vendit ku po protestohet, Policia e Kosovës ka konfiskuar materialet logjistike, të cilat do ta bënin të mundshëm mbarëvajtjen e protestës presione te ndërprerjes se protestës largimin e Autobusëve etj…

    Të zbatohet“reciprociteti ndërshtetëror Serbi -Kosovë”!

    Synimet e VV janë që të zbatohet“reciprociteti ndërshtetëror Serbi -Kosovë”, me qellim trysnie për tu bllokuar mallrat serbe për të hyrë në Kosovë. Sipas pamjeve në teren , protesta e Vetëvendosjes dha rezultate, sepse asnjë kamionë apo automjet tjetër me mallra serbe nuk është futur në Kosovë nga Serbia .Nga ana tjetër nga policia dhe organet qeveritare thuhet se kane hyre 4 apo 5 kamion dhe po zbatohet qarkullimi i kamionëve me mallra serbe të Serbisë normalisht . Nga kjo edhe një naiv mund ta kuptoj një injorancë apo pa pjekuri qe në një farë mënyre sikur krenohen qe janë furur ne Kosovë këta kamion me mallra serbe?! Janë futur apo nuk janë futur nuk është me rëndësi për ditën e djeshme, por në këtë mënyrë po provokohet masa ,populli dhe vet aktoret e protestës qe me vendosmëri e kanë arritur qëllimin, qe ta ngrisin vetëdijes e masës që me Serbinë duhet të bëhet një politikë ma konstruktive në praktikë, me qellim te demaskimit te saj ndaj sovranitetit dhe pavarësisë se Kosovës. Me prononcimin organeve te policisë apo edhe nga Qeveria se hynë 5 kamion nga Serbia për Kosovë ishte një gjë e pa mundshme qe as miza nuk kishte mundësi pa e pa turma dhe mjetet e informimit , qe vazhdimisht gazetarët raportonin se asnjë mjet nuk u fut këndej!… Prandaj kjo është ndesh me politiken aktuale të qeverisë se Kosovës ,qe në këto momente sikur nxitet një e keqe qe ti humb vetes besimin nga populli.

    Politika aktuale e Kosovës po e qon vendin në qorrsokak dhe vetëvrasje!

    Politika vetëvrasëse aktuale e Kosovës po e qon vendin ne qorrsokak, pa parametra , pa vizione ,pa projekte qe ti kundërvihemi politikes hegjemoniste të Serbisë, ndaj Kosovës. Vetë të besueshmit dhe të zgjedhurit e popullit, në vend ta menaxhojnë dhe ta zhvillojnë vendin, këta veprojnë në të kundërtën, ku si pasojë e një politike në sektorin e bujqësisë kanë mbetur djerrinë pjesa dërmuese e tokës pjellore në Kosovë. Qëndrimet arrogante të Qeverise se Kosovës me dirigjimet e politikes serbe të përkrahura nga Euleksi përfaqësues te Evropës është i pa pranueshëm siç i lenë prodhimet e Kosovës, qe janë shumë të shijshme të shëndosha kualitative dhe radhiten ne klasën e parë, qe mund tu konkurroj prodhimeve të shteteve në Evropë. Politika shqiptare kundër Serbisë duhet të jetë një sinjal i përbashkët i shqiptarëve qe ta demaskojmë atë qe Serbia e bëri qe 100 vjet kundër shqiptarëve. Politiken tu lemë ta udhëheqin ata qe ende po i shërojnë plagët, profesorëve, intelektualëve ish te burgosurve politik dhe luftëtarëve , për ta çliruar vendin ishin malum mal , e cepem cep të Kosovës. Forca e bënë fuqinë andaj te bashkohemi, „një për te gjithë te gjithë për një“. Ti lëmë interesat personale, ta përqafojmë atë qe është primarja (vetëvendosja, për fatin tonë).