Kroatia: Follow the money — IHF Treasurer arrested – Corruption sting leads to banking sector questions

Corruption sting leads to banking sector questions
18/04/2013

Police detain Croatian Handball Federation president Sandi Sola and members of his family in the high-profile arrests.

By Kruno Kartus for Southeast European Times in Osijek — 18/04/13

photoSandi Sola, majority owner of Karlovacka Bank, is accused of embezzling more than 10 million euros. [Karlovacka Banka]

The recent arrest of South European Handball Association President Sandi Sola, who is accused of embezzling more than 10 million euros, shows the country’s committment to fighting corruption, but shows the country must focus on the banking sector, experts said.

„It is excellent to see the state take action and have a will to solve problems in the banking sector. Now, it is important to see whether the investigation will lead to court decisions, and how it will end,“ Nikola Kristić, president of Transparency International Croatia, told SETimes.

Sola is the majority owner of Karlovacka Bank, which is worth 26.6 million euros. Police arrested him at the border where he was returning from a handball match in Skopje.

His mother, Maria Šola, a representative and advisor of the bank’s management, and his brothers, Peter and Tomislav Šola, were also arrested.

The Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime also arrested Luka Miličić, the former director of Dalekovod construction company, and three others, in the sting. The investigating judge set a one-month detention for all of them.

The office charged the eight with causing 5 million euros in damages to Karlovacka Bank and 7 million euros in Dalekovod between 2007 and 2012, by approving loans to their own private companies.

„The successful work of the police and quality co-operation with state prosecutor deserves every compliment and support of the ministry of interior,“ Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic told SETimes.

But not all agree that the case was handled in a timely manner.

„The case and suspicions in the business of Karlovacka Bank lasted for more than a decade … and citizens lost their property,“ Munir Podumljak, president of Partnership for Social Development, an NGO that focuses on corruption, told SETimes.

According to Podumljak, the lack of bank regulation in the country could be problematic in the fight against corruption.

Sola has headed the federation since 2008.

Croatia, a double gold Olympic medallist, took third at this year’s Handball World Championship in Spain.
Follow the money — IHF Treasurer arrested
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Photo from Croatian media after Sola's arrest

Photo from Croatian media after Sola’s arrest

Apropos my ‘follow the money’ story from yesterday, involving the Duke of Palma de Mallorca, one always feels tempted to remind that ‘everybody is innocent until proven guilty’. But others prefer to rely on the notion that ‘there is no smoke without a fire’ and, as a former IHF colleague has always cynically stated: ‘the difference between being caught and escaping a verdict is simply how clever one is in hiding the evidence’… That latter point has sometimes been made in connection with accusations and rumors involving the IHF in recent years.

Sadly, it now appears that the image of the IHF is again at stake, and that this time there seems to be no lack of evidence. As reported yesterday, both in Croatia and across Europe, the IHF Treasurer (and President of the Croatian Handball Federation) Sandi Sola was early yesterday arrested by Croatian police when he returned to his country from a handball event in Skopje, Macedonia. Apparently, Croatian media are unusually efficient (or well-informed), as they had already predicted this police action the day before it happened. Or perhaps this was simply expected because several other members of Sola’s family had already been apprehended while he was away.

It should be noted that the whole affair has nothing to do with Sola’s functions as an IHF Treasurer. But it tells what appears to be a devastating story about his suitability for that kind of position of trust and influence. The accusations against Sola and his family are related to his position as the Chairman of the Board of a Croatian bank during the years 2007-2012. The charge involves what is described as fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. The amounts involved are stated to be in the order of U.S. $ 15 million. The early indications are that Sola is initially being detained for at least one month.

Presumably, the affair comes as a major surprise to most people in the handball world. Stories about IHF scandals have tended to be personally connected with the IHF President. In a situation where it has seemed impossible to find persons willing to come forward as candidates for the IHF presidency, it has sometimes been speculated that precisely Sola would be the person who could fit the bill as the future successor to the current President. Now instead, regardless of whether the accusations will lead to an indictment or not, it must be assumed that Sola’s continued presence among IHF Executives will be in serious doubt in connection with the upcoming IHF election congress in October.

Whether it will have any impact on the image and the electability of the IHF President himself is a different matter. But there is little doubt that it is one more major blow to the image of the IHF as an institution! What more can we expect and what more should handball lovers have to tolerate!?

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Skandal: Alters seniler PPE Vorsitzender: Wilfried Martens plabbert dem Gangster Salih Berisha, wie ein Kind Alles nach

Wenn jemand Nichts mehr kapiert und zu Nichts mehr fähig ist, kommen solche Sachen vor, das man jede Gauner Komodie, von Berufs Verbrechern nachplabbert. Kein Ruhmes Blatt, sondern die Ursache, war schon vor 20 Jahren, die Aktivitäten der Deutschen KAS in Albanien, als man diesem Gangster Salih Berisha auch noch eine maß geschneiderte Diktatoren Verfassung schneiderte, ähnlich wie später die Kosovo Verfassung.
Bei der Zerstörung der Albanischen Wirtschaft, der Gesellschaft, spielt die KAS, eine wichtige Schlüsselrolle vor 20 Jahren bereits, mit den kriminellen Berisha Banden, der sogenanten „Schock Therapie“ nach Georg Soros, welche alle Gesellschaften bis Wladivostok total korrumpierten und zerstörten. Die Kriminalisierung der Albanischen Gesellschaft hat Namen: KAS und FES, wie Georg Soros steht ganz vorne!

Die KAS und sinnlose Stiftungen und Organisationen, welche sich nur selbst bedienen: Die “Krankenhaus” Reform”

Tv Rede, von dem zuständigen US Department Diplomaten in Tirana: Jonathan Moore, das die Zustände nicht geduldet werden.

Wie man es richtig macht, zeigen die Deutsche Botschafterin und der Ex-US Botschafter Withers, welche wie einige Andere, sehr gut vor Ort informiert sind. Man spricht von einem NATO Einsatz während den Wahlen in Albanien, wobei US Militär in Durres stationiert ist, Britisches Militär in Himari, was bereits beschlossen war. Der Hafen Durres, ist seit 2 Jahren unter der totalen Kontrolle von Verbrecher Banden, was ja nicht zuübersehen ist und man leicht hinterfragen ist.
4/16/2013

Der Ex-US Botschafter John Withers und die Deusche Botschafterin Carola Muller Holtkemper, kritisieren die Berisha Regierung

Peinlich wird es aber mit dem fast 80 jährigen PPE Vorsitzenden Wilfried Martens, der sich nur noch mit Medikamenten am Leben hält, wie Albert Rohan, der auch nur dummes Zeug, wie ein kleines Kind schwafelt. Wilfried Martens, ist nicht einmal in der Lage sich zu informieren, denn es ist nicht die erste Diplomatische Kathastrophe, wenn er nur wie ein kleines Kind nachplabbert, Alters Senil und offensichtlich auch vollkommen verblödet.

Wilfried Martens, ist der Unmensch in der EU Politik, der zum Sprachrohr der Albaner Mafia wurde, weil er offensichtlich erpressbar ist, wie so viele Andere! Warum man ihn nicht rechtzeitig in Ruhestand schickt, wäre die nächste Frage, aber gewisse Politische Zirkel hat die Zeit, wie ihre „Präsidenten“ überrollt. Man sollte es mit Tunesien, Libyen, Ägypten usw.. vergleichen, wie der EPP struktuiert ist. Identisch der Schrotthaufen, woe Martin Schulz vorsteht im Europa Parlament, welche ebenso nur kriminelle Zirkel aufbauten und finanzierten. Krankhaft, finanziert man mit vollen kriminelle Clans und Personen.

Diesmal ist Wilfried Martens, der absolut Einzige in der Welt, der den Unfug von Salih Berisha wie eine Kuhe wiederkäut und auch ein mehr wie schiefes Licht auf den EPP wirft, wo ja der Profi Kriminelle Wolfgang Grossruck der OSCE auch Mitglied sind, aber auch vernünftigte Personen wie Doris Pack, oder die Irak Kriegs Befürworterin: Angela Merkel.

Die Lage in Albanien ist heute mit einer hoch kriminellen Tropoje Polizei, extrem dummen Gestalten in einer Adminstration, einer Null Justiz, viel gefährlicher als in 1997 oder 1998, weil die Kriminellen Banden, welche sich Politiker nennen, keine Achtung mehr vor dem Leben haben, wo viele Tode und Hinrichtungen für sich sprechen.

8.000 Tode in Albanien, durch Terroristen der Grundstücks Mafia des Salih Berisha – Ilir Meta

EPP support Berisha for CEC
17/04/2013 19:40
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The European right winged parties have supported Prime Minister Sali Berisha for his decision to replace the Central Election Commission member.

While the diplomatic body in Tirana was against any changes in the CEC, the European People’s Parties have published a declaration in which they consider the CEC balance as a right decision.

The EPP President, Wilfred Martens, says in a press declaration that the SMI moving away from the government should also be reflected at the CEC.

„Anny effort to modify the formula with four members from the majority and three from the opposition is an effort to destabilize the entire electoral system two months before the elections“, Martens declared in this press release.

He adds that in these circumstances, the resignation of the Socialist Party CEC members is unacceptable.

„We underline that the EPP supports Prime Minister Berisha and the Democratic Party, and we believe that the June 23rd elections will mark a decisive step of Albania in their path towards the EU“, Wilfred Martens declared.

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Wilfried Martens

Wilfried Martens at the EPP

Wilfried Martens (born 19 April 1936) has been the President of the European People’s Party since 1990 and was also Prime Minister of Belgium between 1979 and 1992 with only a brief interruption in 1981.

Martens grew up very close to the Christian democratic values and from an early age got involved with the youth branch of the Christian People’s Party (CVP, the predecessor of the current CD&V) and eventually he became president of the party’s youth.

In 1972 he is elected chairman of the CVP and two years later, gets elected to the national Chamber of Representatives and in 1979 he becomes Prime Minister.

A convinced defender of federalism, the current federal division of Belgium is attributed in large part to his labour.

In 1992, the same year he left his post, Belgian King Baudouin grants him the title of Minister of State.

Two years before, in 1990, he had been elected fourth President of the EPP, a party he helped co-found back in 1976.

In 1994 he was elected to the European Parliament where he chaired the then-EPP-ED group, the parliamentary group comprising the EPP plus the British conservatives.

In 1999 he left the Parliament.

Devoted to the unity of the centre-right family, he has also served as President of the European Union of Christian Democrats, that would eventually merge with the EPP, and also of the Centrist Democrat International, which gathers centrist and Christian democrats from all around the world.

http://www.epp.eu/presidency-wilfried-martens
>Published: April 18,2013 – 12:44
>Tirana – The official of the U.S. State Department Jonathan Moore expressed concerns for the tense situation in Tirana following the voting that took place in Parliament, resulting with the replacement of a member of the Central Election Commission.After a series of meetings with Albanian politicians, Moore emphasized that there is strong argument that raises questions on the way how parliament voted.“In some of these meetings we have discussed the developments in parliament on Monday, and as it was clear from what our embassy stated, there are several concerns about a change of balance on the CEC formation. We believe that there is a strong legal argument that that raises questions on the way how parliament voted. However, we want to see a functional CEC. If this does not happen, it is impossible to hold elections on June 23. We will see how the process develops. We are very concerned from what we have seen. There is a high level of political tension on the eve of the elections,“ declared Jonathan Moore, Director of the Office for Southern and Central Europe at the State Department.

He said that in other NATO member countries as well there have been cases when elections were jeopardized.

„There are also NATO member countries, and sometimes even the United States, when elections have been jeopardized. However, we have all the reasons to think that elections will be held,“ Moore said.

And over this issue, the political leaders have expressed their commitment that they will hold elections on due time and that they will accept the final result.

„All of them shared with me their position that they want elections to be held on June 23. All of them said that they will respect the result and will support the great efforts from international observers and that they want to remain partners with the United States of America,“ Moore said.

The U.S. State Department official stressed that the situation will be observed in its entirety, adding that a great number of long-term OSCE observers will come to Albania.

He also noted that June 23 elections in Albania will be also discussed in the U.S. Congress.

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Rama: Saliu i PPE nuk e shpëton Saliun e PD-së

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Rama: Saliu i PPE nuk e shpëton Saliun e PD-së

Kryetari i Partisë Socialiste, Edi Rama, reagoi pas deklaratës së presidentit të Partisë Popullore Europiane, Wilfried Martens, që dënonte bojkotin e anëtarëve të PS në Komisionin Qendror të zgjedhjeve. Ramna thotë se Martens flet për KQZ-në sikur të ishte vegël e partive. “Saliu i PPE flet për KQZ-në si të ishte vegël e partive! Por […]

Albania is a step from the chaos

CEC freezes. Interrupt activity by member HRUP, Jani Jani

Crisis deepens after pleading CEC member of HRUP will not take part in any meeting of the Central Election Commission.

A day earlier gave resignations proposed by SP member.

While today’s parliament session is taking place, where they will discuss the replacement of members left the institution.

Jani Jani has been the president of Omonia, the Greek organization in Albania.

 

albana shtylla

auch das CEC Mitglied Albana Stylla, trat nun wie der Stellvetreter: Denar Biba zurück

zuvor wurde illegal das CEC Mitglied Ilirian Muho entlassen, einem korrupten Gangster und durch den Berufs Verbrecher: Klement Zguri, Mitglied im Gjoka Drogen Verbrecher Kartell ersetzt.

Der US Botschafter, die EU die Wahl Kommission und die Gangster: Ilirian Muho – Klement Zguri

NATO is looking opportunities to send troops in the eve of parliamentary elections in Albania

Albania is close to a new collapse after parliamentary elections may fail, which could oblige NATO to intervene to maintain stability

Tirana. NATO is considering military intervention opportunities, maintaining stability in Albania and in the region, after parliamentary elections are going to a failure, as a result of the destruction of the Central Election Commission.

In fact, the warning for a military intervention by NATO, has been a formal proposal of the OSCE mission in Albania, who see the advantages of Albania’s political stability.
strategic point in South Eastern Europe, and a phase instability, can also infecting Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro.

Sources close SManalysis, say that the Albanian government has not accepted the installation of NATO troops, although De-fence Minister Arben Imami said that the funds of the Ministry of Defense have been added for this year, as expected installations of American and British troops during 2013.

15 years NATO Reports over the most criminal enterprise Albania: ?Albanian politicians have signalled a rare willingness?

1.10.2011: Albania – Salih Berisha’ s partners: crimes, terrorist, top mafiosi

Rauben, Plündern, Erpressen, Stehlen: die Übernahme des Zolls, durch die Tropoja Banditen des Ridvan Bode und Salih Berisha

 

Slavisa Sovtic, the Chief for Fight Against organized crime (UBPOK) – Stronger than any mafia?

Slavisa Sovtic, new SBPOK Chief

The newest joke in serbia!

Stronger than any mafia

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‘I am not going to make any promises but I can say that the police are working on the arrest of Darko Saric’, Slavisa Sovtic, the new Chief-of-Staff of the Service for Fight Against organized crime (UBPOK) says in his interview with Blic.

Slavisa Sovtic

According to his words the police are also working on locating and arrest of all other members of Saric’s criminal group. One of five men who took part in establishment of the UBPOK and then SBPOK, claims to be acquainted with all measures undertaken in fight against organized crime. He is convinced that his experience and approach to problems shall considerably contribute to tackling of the crime.

 

 

Q: The First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that ‘Saric shall be arrested in the first half of the year’?
‘The police do not like to talk about deadlines but I am sure that all steps and actions shall be undertaken that the timing that Mr. Vucic mentioned is fulfilled’.

 

Q: What is the first thing you shall do as the SBPOK Chief-of-Staff?

‘I shall insist on the operational work. The SBPOK is the most important segment of the fight against organized crime and corruption. I can promise undertaking of even more intensive action in the period to come so that the State shows that it is stronger that any mafia’.

 

Q: What has been, according to your opinion, the biggest challenge in your career?
‘That is cooperation with police of other countries or continents, the South America, the West Europe and the region. It is difficult to persuade colleagues you know by exchanged mails only that criminals from international wanted lists are in their territories. Some of such actions lasted for months, some for years. We have passed that exam’.

 

Q: Can you mention an action you think to be the most difficult one?
‘That was the beginning of 2000 and destruction of the Zemun gang, then identification of Darko Saric’s group. Both cases are specific and very difficult’.

 

Q: Some of your colleagues told us that you are a professional without mercy. Why do they say so?
‘They say so probably because I insist on work, order, discipline, honesty and determination’.

 

Biography
Slavisa Sovtic graduated from the Faculty of Security. He has been working at the Home Ministry since 1992. As of 2000 he has been a member of an operational working group that worked on tackling the most complex forms of crime.
He has been awarded for the results of his work. He used to work on the cases of murder, abduction, extortion and blackmailing. From 2003 to 2006 he was that department’s chief. At that time he was decorated for merits in the sphere of defense and security. From 2006 until April 2013 he was chief-of-staff of the Department for Criminal-Operational Analytics. He is member of the Commission dealing with investigations on murder of journalists. http://english.blic.rs/In-Focus/9582/Stronger-than-any-mafia/print

Wahlprotest als Taktik

 

Man tausche den Namen des Landes aus und schon stimmt die Aussage auch für Balkan Länder und mit dem Hintergrund ausl. Politischer Stiftungen.

 

18.04.2013 – Wahlprotest als Taktik

CARACAS/BERLIN (Eigener Bericht) – Die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (CDU)
stuft die Proteste der venezolanischen Opposition gegen angebliche
Wahlfälschungen als taktisches Manöver zur langfristigen
Delegitimierung des neuen Präsidenten Nicolás Maduro ein. Aufgrund des
sorgfältig geregelten Wahlprozesses seien Wahlfälschungen äußerst
unwahrscheinlich, erklärt die Stiftung in einer aktuellen
Stellungnahme. Die Opposition wolle mit dem Schüren von Unruhen
vielmehr die Ansicht verbreiten, dem frisch gewählten Staatsoberhaupt
fehle es an „Legitimität“. Die deutsche Stiftung ist gut über die
Strategien vor allem der Oppositionspartei „Primero Justicia“
informiert, der der knapp unterlegene Präsidentschaftskandidat Enrique
Capriles entstammt – sie berät die Partei seit Jahren unter anderem in
„politischer Kommunikation“. Primero Justicia sowie Capriles genossen
die Unterstützung der Adenauer-Stiftung bereits 2002, als sie in den
Putsch gegen Hugo Chávez involviert waren. Äußerungen des damaligen
Büroleiters der Stiftung in Venezuela lassen intime Kenntnisse über
die Absichten der Putschisten erkennen. Capriles gilt als ein
maßgeblicher politischer Vertreter der traditionellen venezolanischen
Eliten, die stets eng mit dem alten Westen kooperierten, seit dem
Amtsantritt von Chávez jedoch zurückgedrängt werden – zugunsten bisher
unterprivilegierter Schichten.

mehr
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