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Bank of Albania governor under pressure after theft probe

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Bank of Albania governor under pressure after theft probe


The demand comes after the bank announced employees stole millions over a four-year period.

By Lindita Komani for Southeast European Times in Tirana — 12/08/14

photoAlbania central bank governor Ardian Fullani announced theft of more than $7 million by bank employees. [AFP]

Civil society in Albania is calling for the Bank of Albania governor to resign after it was revealed that bank employees stole more than $7 million over a four-year period.

The bank’s commission on money circulation and inventory discovered the theft and informed the country’s prosecutor office in late July.

The police have arrested 10 bank employees so far, including a department director, and are conducting an investigation.

The bank promptly replaced the unit heads at the money issuing department and two controllers at the security and protection department. It also announced it has appointed a new director.

But civil society organised protests in front of Bank of Albania offices in Tirana demanding bank governor Ardian Fullani’s resignation.

Civil society representatives said the theft has shown the corruption in the bank and has weakened trust in the country’s most senior banking office holder. “People are demanding the governor’s resignation or his being discharged by parliament. Furthermore, they ask that a parliamentary commission investigate theft and abuse in this institution,” Zirkov Disha, protest organiser, told SETimes.

Others said that the theft at the heart of the country’s premier financial institution is a crippling demonstration of corruption.

“Fullani established a banking law system in which the consumer could never protect himself against private banks. This has cost Albanian citizens billions and has caused the ruination of their well-being and life,” Altin Goxhaj, director of the Consumer Protection Office, an NGO in Tirana, told SETimes.

Parliament appoints the bank’s governor based on a recommendation by the country’s president. Fullani began a term of seven years in 2011.

The government said it wants to reassure citizens that it is carefully following the investigation.

“The government deems as equally important both the need for an exemplary punishment of the culprits, and exemplary positioning of the Bank of Albania upfront by respecting its independence,” the government said in a statement on August 6th.

The Albanian Association of Banks issued a statement last week to reassure the public that financial flows are not affected.

“Despite the grave incident, the entire financial system has undertaken the necessary measures to ensure a normal liquidity supply to the inter-bank market, while the commercial banks are constantly committed to comply strictly with the regulatory framework and take the necessary measures for the accomplishment of security and safety functions,” it said.

However, civil society representatives said the issue is much more than a technical monetary matter and if the governor does not resign or is not removed, they will step up protests.

“Albanian citizens have to be treated with dignity by the political class and the civil servants who get paid with taxes. Albanian citizens cannot be robbed infinitely,” Disha said.

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Albanien’s Mann Frauen: Last of the burrnesha: Balkan women who pledged celibacy to live as men

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Last of the burrnesha: Balkan women who pledged celibacy to live as men

‘Sworn virgins’ exchange limited rights of women for freedoms of men in patriarchal Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo

Diana Rakipi, a Burrnesha or sworn virgin,

Diana, a burrnesha, plays a pipe at his apartment in Durrës, Albania. Photographs: Arben Celia/Corbis

The Italian border policeman seems puzzled. The Albanian passport he is holding belongs to a woman, but the hand that tendered it was that of an old man. An odd-looking fellow, with a deep voice, a weather-beaten face and silvery hair, topped by a beret worn in military fashion. Finally, the official said: “There’s a problem; this is a woman’s passport, whereas you’re a man.”

Diana (name changed) told us this story with a mixture of amusement and indignation. Who did the policeman think he was? She had been firm and answered: “Yes it is me.” The official apologised, adding: “Carry on, madam … Ahem, sir.”

His confusion is understandable. Diana is a burrnesha, one of Albania‘s last sworn virgins, women who opted to live as men to escape the domination of a patriarchal system, at the cost of taking a vow of virginity and chastity. The motives for such a choice were exclusively social, not prompted by sexuality or any physical changes.

This practice, which is dying out, is still little understood. It mainly occurs in Albania but reaches north into Montenegro and Kosovo. The term is derived from burra, the Albanian for “man”.

“I know of a sad case,” Diana recalls, “a young woman who fell in love with a man, but her family had promised her to someone else. The only way she could avoid getting married was to become a burrnesha.” Several decades ago arranged marriages were usual in Albania, though this is no longer true. Sometimes family ties were decided before a child was even born.

Refusing such a union could be taken as an insult, leading to a spiral of violence between families and endless feuding, subject to the 15th-century Kanun code of honour. The promise of marriage could be undone without dishonour by taking a vow of chastity.

Diana Rakipi , who works as a security guard at a clinic in the seaside town of Durres Pictures & Photos

“Personally, I made this choice to have more freedom,” Diana says. A spoonful of pink ice cream stops in mid-air. At the mention of choice, which merits special emphasis, she becomes more animated, or perhaps we should say “he”; Diana uses the masculine to refer to himself. His military background is written all over him, with a red cravat, a black beret and a tough look. He rarely smiles, but when he does it is quite openly.

Diana was 17 when he decided to become a burrnesha. Now aged 60 he swims regularly in the cold, grey Adriatic, visible from the window of the cafe at the port of Durrës where we met him. He is on home ground, embracing the waiter, placing his cigarette packet on the yellow table cloth like all the regular customers and lighting up.

“I was born in the mountains in the north, after my brother died,” he explains. His mother was from Kosovo, his father an officer in the Albanian army, stationed at Tropojë when Diana was born. The little girl spent the first nine years of her life in this small town on the border with what is now Kosovo.

Even then she was a tomboy. “My father always treated me as a boy. To some extent I took the place of my elder brother who died before I was born. And in myself, I felt like a boy,” Diana says.

At school, flouting hostile opinion, she wore trousers, played football and got involved in fights. Her only concession to her gender was her long hair, until she cut it, aged 17. She told her father, she wanted to be a sworn virgin and that her mind was made up. She would not take no for an answer.

Recalling his oath, Diana strikes the table. Then takes another drag on his cigarette. Even as a young girl, aged seven, he had started smoking the lula, the long Albanian pipe. In those days smoking was a man’s privilege.

Diana Rakipi, a Burrnesha or sworn virgin Diana shows a picture of himself as a girl aged 16. “A privilege for men … and women like myself,” Stana Cerovic says. Bent double, she struggles to roll a cigarette, starting again several times because her hands shake so much. It is cold and she is old, though she has forgotten exactly how old. “Maybe 72 or 75, I don’t know,” she says. But she remembers her first puff of smoke, aged five. Sitting in the only room in her home with any heating, she looks more like 100…………………

His life suits him. He has retired, after a career as a customs officer on the port in Durrës. He passes the time painting, taking photographs and cycling around the town. As a man, he is entitled to play a part in the reconciliation groups set up for families embroiled in blood feuds. He enjoys a certain prestige too, with family and friends. “I’m the man of the family,” he brags, though in fact he has two brothers. When one of his sisters wanted to marry an Italian, Diana crossed the Adriatic to check up on her fiance and his family, before giving his assent.


Jungfrauen, die Männer wurden

In Albanien galten Frauen lange nichts. Verlor aber eine Familie ohne Söhne den Patriarchen, übernahm eine ledige Tochter das Regiment und lebte fortan als Mann und Familienoberhaupt – ohne Ehe, ohne Sex. 40 solcher Schwurjungfrauen leben noch in dem Balkanland

Das Leben hat sie zu Männern gemacht

3. April 2009, 15:07 Uhr

Sie kamen als Mädchen zur Welt und haben irgendwann geschworen, als Männer zu leben. Um Familienoberhaupt zu werden oder auch nur ein Erbe antreten zu können. Burrneshas haben in Albanien eine lange Tradition. Von Nicol Ljubić

Burrnesha Diana Rakipi: Mashkullit që do më ngacmonte do t’ia prisja – See more at:

Albaner – Frauen

  •  Afghanistan Kultur [ Albanische TraditionLinks Afghanistan, Rechts und Unten: Albanien – Kosovo 

    Albanien Kultur

    Afghanistan ? Kosovo / Nord Albanien! Kultur und Gast Freundschaft absolut Null

NATO Desaster Libya: Balkan Citizens Urged to Get Out of Libya

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Balkan Citizens Urged to Get Out of Libya

Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia have called on their nationals to evacuate from Libya as violence among militia groups worsens in the conflict-ridden country.

Der übliche NATO Murks: Nato sieht Libyen vor dem Zerfall

50.000 Morde durch die NATO in Libyen und akutell ein Bomben Anschlag auf die Französiche Botschaft

Two people were shot dead when Libyan border guards opened fire to disperse hundreds of Egyptians and Libyans trying to cross into Tunisia to flee Libya’s growing chaos. Hundreds of Libyan families and foreign workers have fled their homes after two weeks of clashes between rival Libyan militias over Tripoli’s airport in the worst violence since the 2011.


Der Welt Terrorist NATO und die Libyen Folgen des Desasters


Made by US Mafia with Hillary Clinton: NATO Style: Libyen wird von kriminellen Banden beherrscht


SAS – Mi6: British SAS Terror Operation: Balkan, Irak, Pakistan, Libyen


2011: Libyen, Sahara wird ein Drogen Chaos Staat, was sowieso klar war, wer die NATO Terror Politik beobachtet, seit 1999

Croats Deport Macedonian Who Poked Rare Monk Seal

Friday, August 1st, 2014

01 Aug 14

Croats Deport Macedonian Who Poked Rare Seal

A man who prodded a rare seal on a beach near the Pula in the Adriatic has been fined – and deported after it was discovered he was in the country illegally.

Sven Milekic


Photo by G.Dallorto

A 56-year-old Macedonian, who ignored signs telling visitors not to approach a rare breed of seals, has been fined 200 euros for poking a rare monk seal on a beach full of other bathers near Pula, in Croatia’s northwest Istria region, on Wednesday.

Monachus monachus distribution.png Mediterranean monk seal range

The man was later deported after authorities discovered he was in the country illegally.

The man reportedly ignored signs warning of the seal’s presence and prodded it several times until it went back into the sea. The event was seen by numerous bathers and police soon intervened and informed the man that he had broken laws on protection of the environment.

Police fined the man 200 euro, which he paid on the spot. They later established that he was illegally present in Croatia, for which they arrested and deported him and banned him from re-entering Croatia for five years.

News of the disturbance of the seal drew general condemnation on social media, especially ater it was reported that the seal had been “attacked”.

However, most of the fury faded away on Friday when video footage of the event appeared, which suggested that the man had only touched the seal, apparently motivated by curiosity.

The Mediterranean monk seal is an endangered species on the Adriatic coast, and at one point was almost driven to the brink of extinction.

The seal lives on deserted reefs and coves, mostly on the Istrian peninsula, the North Adriatic and on some more remote islands to the south.

It is illegal to hunt it, kill it, or even disturb it by approaching it within a radius of 50 metres. Potential fines can range up to several thousand euro.

In the past there have been a number of cases of tourists disturbing these seals, mostly due to curiosity. A more aggressive violation occurred in May, when a group of tourists tried to pull a seal back into the sea.

Large anti traffic operation of the Greek army on the Greek – Albanian Border

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

NATO Member

July 30, 2014

Large anti traffic operation of the Greek army on the Greek – Albanian Border

Anti guerrilla operation Delta Force in Thesprotia with support of AH-64 Apache helicopters

Albanian movements involved in unrest in Skopje and from Kosovo who have been identified near the Greek – Albanian border, caused the sudden exercise of Delta Force “Pirpolitis 5/14″ at Thesprotia regiment.

Specific considered “adjacent nationalist extremist groups” (usually so designated groups who had founded the “Liberation Army of Camouria” – UCC) and combined with the fact the recent arrest Albanians revealed the crypt significant number of aggressive AK-47 rifles and ammunition in Greek Albanian border.

The exercise aimed at rapid development and transfer members of the special Delta Force, who are involved in a battle with rebel groups, to support attack helicopters AH-64 Apache.

The group of special forces transferred by helicopter UH-1H, and Defence sources reported that “Were all the planned to development time.”

Note that this is the first time in a proportional counter guerrilla operation Delta Force used attack helicopters.


Senior Kosovo Guerrillas Face Crimes Against Humanity Cases

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

An EU report said top Kosovo Liberation Army officials will be prosecuted for crimes against humanity including murders and abductions but there was not enough evidence yet for organ-trafficking indictments.


Der Kosovo Terrorist (Einer von 10 Extremisten) Lavdrim Muhaxheri, ist heute direkt bei der Terroristen Organisation ISIS, ebenso von den Amerikaner finanziert. Zuvor war man im Camp Bondsteel aktiv, arbeitete für die KFOR und war mit den Amerikaner in Afghanistan.

Lavdrim Muhaxheri,apo i njohur si Komandant Muhaxheri


Lavdrim Muhaxheri para se lë lidhje me religjionin

Ekstremisti Muhaxheri në makabritete të reja. “Karriera” që nisi nga kampi i KFOR-it

Lavdrim Muhaxheri, kreu i luftëtarëve shqiptarë në grupin paramilitar të Shtetit Islam të Irakut dhe Shamit (ISIS), në luftë në Siri e Irak, ka botuar fotografi ku tregohet duke therrur njerëz. Fotot tejet grafike janë në një sajt boshnjak. Gazeta Express ka botuar një profil të ekstremistit, duke thënë se ai ka punuar për KFOR-in amerikan, në kampin “Bondsteel” dhe për NATO-n në Afganistan. Tre persona janë arrestuar dhe i katërti është në kërkim dhe të gjithë dyshohen për terrorizëm- aktivitete që i kanë bërë të lidhur me Lavdrim Muhaxherin. Së paku një i intervistuar nga Express, i kthyer nga llogoret e luftës në Siri, kishte mohuar që ai është komandant, por vetëm garant për shqiptarët që hyjnë në mesin e xhihadistëve. Express ka raportuar se mbi 10 kosovarë po përgatiten për sulme terroriste-kamikaze në Kosovë dhe se ata mund të godasin çdo shënjestër, nga Qeveria e deri te kampet e KFOR’it, pa përjashtuar as institucionet tjera të sigurisë.


Die grössten Gas Felder in Nah – Ost: Syrien – Hintergrund für die Terroristen Finanzierung der Amis, Israel, Katar, Saudis, Britten der “ISIS”


Unconfirmed Reports of Video of the Iraq Mass Executions by ISIS 
 Part of channel(s): Iraq (current event)


According to the video description, the place of the incident was “Tikrit” in Iraq, according to a video description, and describe themselves as Rafidis, which include Shiites, Iranians, Alawites ….. an imprecise term.

According to a Twitter Video Description the largest massacre of Shiites in Tikrit.

It is not known if it this video relates to the first massacre in Tikrit ago more than a month, or if they have committed more massacres.

The full length video of 36 minutes can be seen here, with the executions in the last 5 minutes.


Finally Proofs of Crimes of KLA Thaci and Limaj could be accused for killing Serbs.

Hashim Thaci, Fatmir Limaj and Jakup Krasniqi could be indicted for war crimes.

Tachi, Limaj and Krasniqi as war comanders




Special team, led by American Clint Williamson, couldn’t collect enough evidence on trafficking of human organs in the Yellow House case, despite three years of investigation, but it made a list of at least ten former commanders of KLA for whose involvement in war crimes there are strong proofs, says a reliable source of Blic.
Williamson is expected to publish his report on investigation on Monday, 28th of July, but our source says that it isn’t for certain that the names of the responsible are to be known immediately. Pink TV published yesterday on its website unofficial information that Thaci might be indicted next Tuesday, while our source says that there was a great pressure to remove Thaci and Ljimaj from the list of responsible.
Beside Thaci, Limaj and Krasniqi, Serbian war crimes prosecutor’s office has indicated that Agim Ceku and Ramush Haradinaj could also be involved in trafficking of human organs. According to information obtained by Blic, Haradinaj and Ceku are not on Williamson’s list at all.


Macedonia Jails Albanian Terrorism Trial Protesters

Six people were jailed for three years each for participating in violent protests in Skopje this month sparked by the terrorism convictions of six ethnic Albanians.

Berisha Mafia: Hackers Deface Albania Ministerial Websites

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

29 Jul 14

Hackers Deface Albania Ministerial Websites

A previously unknown computer pirates group defaced several official websites on Monday, attacking reforms that allegedly restrict freedom and slating the government for doing too little to fight corruption.

Besar Likmeta


Anonymous mask | Photo by Luciano Castillo/Flickr

The group called Redanons_al on Monday took over and defaced the web pages of the interior and foreign ministries and those of the ministries of integration, agriculture, energy, welfare, innovation and technology, health and urban development.

The website of the council of ministers and those of the ministry of defence and the minister of state were the only websites that survived the attack.

The group left a political message explaining the reasons for the attacks and listed a number of demands.

“This attack comes at a time when the government and the Prime Minister are trying to concentrate all powers in their hands,” the group wrote on the defaced websites.

“This is unacceptable because Albanians put their trust in this government and the administration should acts like servants of the people and not the other way around,” it added.

The group listed a number of other grievances against the government, including the proposed reform of higher education, which will raise fees in public universities, the planned registration of IMEI codes of mobile handsets, alleged failures to tackle corrupt judges, political attacks on the President’s office and a proposed hike in electricity prices.

The group also called on the Prime Minister and the center-left ruling majority to slash MPs’ wages by 50 per cent and publish data on how the public broadcaster RTSH spends taxpayers’ money. The government was further urged to fire all the staff of the National Agency for Information Technology.

“They are not able to provide security for anything,” the hackers said. “In our online videos anyone can see all the [online] security infrastructure of our government, which should have been a secret but was posted in an unsecure server,” the group added.


Unconfirmed Reports of Video of the Iraq Mass Executions by ISIS 
 Part of channel(s): Iraq (current event)


According to the video description, the place of the incident was “Tikrit” in Iraq, according to a video description, and describe themselves as Rafidis, which include Shiites, Iranians, Alawites ….. an imprecise term.

According to a Twitter Video Description the largest massacre of Shiites in Tikrit.

It is not known if it this video relates to the first massacre in Tikrit ago more than a month, or if they have committed more massacres.

The full length video of 36 minutes can be seen here, with the executions in the last 5 minutes.

Officials arrested in new corruption case: Zoran Ajković Ajkula

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

July 23, 2014 | 13:57
Officials arrested in new corruption case
Source: Tanjug

NIŠ — The director of the Business Association NISSA A.D. and a tax inspector of the Niš Tax Administration in Aleksinac have been arrested.

The police in the southern town of Niš are holding them in 48-hour detention.

NISSA Business Association Director Snežana Trenčić was arrested on suspicion that she committed the crime of forgery of official documents and money laundering.

Niš Tax Administration official Srđan Zdravković, meanwhile is suspected of abuse of office, the Niš Police Department said, according to Tanjug.

Criminal charges were also pressed against Zoran Ajković Ajkula, a member of the NISSA A.D. Management Board, for money laundering and document forgery.

Ajković is currently held in detention in Montenegro, awaiting extradition to Serbia.
Zoran Ajković Ajkula

AJKULA USKORO U SRBIJI: Crnogorski sud odobrio izručenje Zorana Ajkovića
Crna Hronika 16.07.2014. u 20:08
AJKULA USKORO U SRBIJI: Crnogorski sud odobrio izručenje Zorana Ajkovića

Ajković je uhapsen sredinom juna u Crnoj Gori prilikom rutinske, saobraćajne kontrole, a Srbija je za njim rapspisala poternicu 15. maja

Damir Fazlic: Controversial Deal Broker: Agent of Mi6

Monday, July 21st, 2014

21 Jul 14

Damir Fazlic: Controversial Deal Broker

In his first interview since October 2008, Bosnian businessman Damir Fazlic tackled the rumours and criminal allegations which have beset his career, reveals how he became an influential figure in the Balkans and beyond, and speaks of his grandiose plans for the future.

Lindita Cela, Semir Mujkic, Eronida Mataj, Ana Novakovic, Gordana Andric, Lawrence Marzouk


 Fazlic enjoys the jet-setting lifestyle. | Photo by Club de Madrid

Nothing is quite as it seems in the spy-thriller world of Damir Fazlic.

The Bosnian has been called a CIA agent, atomic waste smuggler, money launderer and shady businessman; allegations, often with little substance, which have never been proved.

Simultaneously, he has the ear of some of the most powerful politicians and businessmen in the Balkans and Washington DC, has worked on scores of major election campaigns and has even been touted as a future Bosnian Prime Minister.

“I’m exactly who you think I am,” the Bosnian fixer claims enigmatically on his Twitter profile, but the identity of the 38-year-old is very much in the eye of the beholder.

Lounging in the sumptuous setting of a five-star London hotel, Fazlic appeared comfortable flaunting his jet-set lifestyle – an existence he likes to contrast to his Bosnian refugee status.

Except Fazlic’s story is a world away from those of his fleeing countrymen, seeking refuge from murder and rape.

The Bosnian, the product of a mixed Serb-Muslim marriage, left his homeland before the war to take up a place in one of the world’s most expensive and prestigious schools, not a life of dishwashing penury.

With his ‘Hollywood smile’ and Martha’s Vineyard chic, he looked every bit the powerbroker who wheels and deals across hotel lobbies as he settled into our two-hour conversation at Mayfair’s Connaught Hotel.

But while confident and brash, his interview with Balkan Investigative Reporting Network was his first since October 2008, when a money-laundering probe in Albania was launched. He also refused to be photographed, claiming he was “camera shy”.

Fazlic has an multimillion dollar apartment at the Ritz in Washington DC. | Photo by Ritz Carlton

He flits between DC – where he owns a multimillion dollar serviced apartment in the Ritz; Virginia, from where his well-connected Bosnian-American wife, Amra, hails and Aspen, where until recently he owned a share in one of the ski resort’s most prestigious condominiums.

But he emphasises that he is still “based in Europe”, where he earns most of the bucks to pay for the lavish lifestyle, using, and some have claimed abusing, his gilt-edged contacts book to open Balkan doors for Western investors. He calls it access.

Fazlic boasts of his 15 worldwide companies, but he is also fond of obscuring his business dealings in the secrecy offered by offshore tax havens. Of those BIRN was able to track down in the UK, Albania, Cyprus and the US, many appeared inactive and none was generating large profits.


My role in Fazlic’s Extraordinary Interview 

By Desada Metaj – Editor at TV Klan


I have known Damir Fazlic since the electoral campaign in 2005, but was just somebody I knew. When the media began to trumpet his cooperation with the government and Berisha’s family, I was reminded of him.

For the first time he appeared in an interview in London with my colleague, Muhamet Veliu, who at the time was a correspondent there. While discussing the story with a few friends, one of them, at the time a recently resigned adviser to Berisha, told me that Damir was ready to speak to the press. They [the adviser and Fazlic] were in continuous contact and remained friends since the time they were together in the campaign.

I phoned him from his number [the adviser’s number] and strangely he told me that he could come in Albania within two days. To be honest I did not believe it until the last minute that he would come.

I travelled with my personal car to Rinas [airport] and met Fazlic, who had arrived with a private jet and was well known in the [airport’s] VIP lounge.

He was in good humor and was even joking with his picture in newspapers he saw in the kiosks. We stopped only for a few minutes in the entrance of Tirana, where he met with a former adviser of Berisha, who was not in a high [governmental] position, but was given a high post immediately after.

Then we arrived in TV Klan, where his entrance and make-up did not draw any attention because no one recognized him. Only when we started recording the interview, journalists and cameras appeared in front of the building of TV Klan.

The heads of the TV station arranged for another car to take him out [of the building], so he could leave without drawing attention to himself.

Someone had informed them that the prosecutor’s office had started a probe and his exiting of the Klan [building] could put him in danger. He insisted that I accompany him to the airport although the flight was not scheduled for two more hours.

We jumped in the car and drove toward Rinas airport. During the way there he made sure that the plane was ready to fly and that he would not pass through the VIP lounge. Someone called me and presented himself as a prosecutor.

He asked me to stop the car and drop off the person in my backseat. I replied that I was driving and if he had a problem with me could find me in Rinas. The person [on the phone] did not insist and I continued driving. In Rinas we entered through the main entrance. There someone I did not know tried to escort Fazlic toward passport control. Fazlic refused, because as it is seen also from TV footage, he was scared.

I escorted him up to the security check and after he was on his way.

Documents obtained by BIRN, however, show he took 50 private jets to and from Albania alone between 2005 and 2008, as a cost of at least 500,000 euro. A former business colleague revealed he was also happy to rent a private jet for $20,000 to take his family on holiday.

While working with former Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha and building his business in Tirana, he spent months living in the city’s most exclusive hotel, the Sheraton.

But at the same time, his family home, which he used as his official address for his UK-based holding company, Virtu Capital International Limited, was an unremarkable house in a dead-end-road outside the unremarkable Midlands city of Northampton.

His holding firm, owned in turn by a British Virgin Islands firm, went bust earlier this year, leaving the UK taxman 80,000 euro out of pocket.

He also lost his Aspen penthouse in 2011 when it was repossessed after he failed to keep up with the repayments, according to documents obtained by BIRN. Fazlic says he decided to sell the property.

Prime ministers, senators, top US lobbyists, UK foreign secretaries, Bundesliga coaches, NATO generals – Fazlic has many friends in high places. But he has also faced a money-laundering probe in Albania, remains under investigation for fraud and tax evasion in Bosnia and has faced a slew of lurid allegations in the press.

Fazlic remains a riddle wrapped in an enigma.

“Greed is good”

Fazlic used the Sheraton in Tirana as a base for his business.

At the age of eight, Fazlic was a child with an unusual role model – Gordon Gekko, the lead in the 1987 film ‘Wall Street’, whose signature line is “greed is good”.

A rich British visitor, who frequented the Bosnian hotel managed by Fazlic’s father, was intrigued by this “really weird kid” and his ability to cite the notorious stockbroker.

Without a son of his own, the rich traveller, who Fazlic did not name, decided to help Fazlic secure a place at Harrow School for Boys, one of Britain’s most prestigious private schools.

From there, armed with a string of top exam results, he went on to the London School of Economics, among the world’s best universities, where, Fazlic claims, he was handpicked by Lord Desai, a leading member of the UK’s Labour Party and economics professor, to be his tutee.

His first big break in business came during a summer internship with NatWest Markets, the investment arm of one of Britain’s biggest banks, which had been brought in by the Milosevic regime to help privatise Serbia Telecom and boost the country’s faltering economy.

Fazlic’s big break came when he met former UK Foreign Secretary, Douglas Hurd.

A secretary to Douglas Hurd, who had just moved to NatWest after working as UK Foreign Secretary, discovered Fazlic’s Bosnian roots and asked him to meet her illustrious boss.

“Ten days later, I’m on a private jet with Douglas Hurd flying to Serbia,” said Falic, who provided translations and context for his superiors at the bank.

“We land, and Milosevic, whose politics basically ripped my country apart, who is the main reason I am a refuge, whose family is a refugee, is waiting for me on the tarmac, with all the pomp of a ceremonial visit.”

Tobacco factories and fraud allegations

Fazlic and former US general Wesley Clark discussing business.

Fazlic then joined AC European Finance, a London boutique financial firm set up by his former boss at NatWest, Alby Cator.

The firm’s main business, according to company records analysed by BIRN, was advising the Bosnian government on privatisation. AC European Finance’s man in Bosnia was Fazlic.

He claims the deal came after he met the then Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic after a speech at Oxford University.

“He said, ‘Why don’t you come and see me? Maybe we could find something for you to do.’”

Business started well for Fazlic and AC European Finance, and between 1999 and 2001, the Bosnian operations raked in almost 400,000 euro, the lion’s share of the firm’s turnover.

But in July 2001, the Sarajevo office was closed with 50,000 euro of bad debt amid allegations of fraud.

An audit by the OSCE revealed a 12,500 dollar loan to AC European Finance to help “create 100 jobs” as part of the construction of a five-star Rogner hotel, which was never built.

The transaction was uncovered as OSCE auditors investigated a public agency set up by the then Prime Minister Edhem Bicakcic, a friend of Fazlic’s. Bicakcic was eventually barred from office because of irregularities with the agency’s fund, but was later pardoned.

AC European Finance had also been involved in the privatisation of Sarajevo’s tobacco factory.

When the government blocked the deal, Fazlic switched to working with another company, Capital Investment Management Corporation (CIMC), owned by Palestinian-American businessman Hani Masri.

 Fazlic at the signing of a contract for privatising Sarajevo’s tobacco factory.

Masri is a major donor to Hillary Clinton and managed a $60 million dollar, US-backed investment plan in Gaza and the West Bank.

The privatisation through CIMC also fell through, leading to a lawsuit from the tobacco factory, alleging that it paid 250,000 dollars to CIMC for nothing.

The case was listed against the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, CIMC and GTZ Representative, the German development agency charged with helping with the privatisation, which, the tobacco factory argued, had forced it to take on CIMC as advisors.

When asked about the investigation into Damir Fazlic related to the privatisation of Sarajevo’s tobacco factory and the AC European Finance loan, a spokesman for the prosecution said: “We inform you that the Cantonal Prosecutor’s office in Sarajevo is investigating D.F. for criminal charges of fraud and tax evasion.”———————-

When prosecutors heard their target had arrived by private jet, they issued a summons for Fazlic to appear for questioning but the Bosnian managed to leave the country without being stopped with the help of Berisha.

“There’s access. Then there’s corruption.”

Former Albanian Prosecutor General, Ina Rama, came under pressure for her corruption probe.

Fazlic believes the allegations were part of a plot to destabilise the Berisha regime, led by the Prosecutor General Ina Rama and the then US Ambassador John Withers.

The investigation was dropped when requests for documents from Cyprus and Bosnia went unanswered and the evidence collected was never tested in court, something Fazlic regrets, as he was unable to fully clear his name.

He said: “Ina Rama, with clear help from John Withers has used anything and everything to try and conjure up and make up […]  to connect me to Berisha to accuse him of corruption.”

Fazlic and Berisha have maintained that he had no business with the Albanian state and did not benefit from his political connections.

But new emails obtained between Fazlic and his US business partner, Meridian Telecommunications LLC, reveal he was actively working with state-owned Albania Telecom as well as quietly pitching for other state business.

Among his co-owners was a Jurgen Rober, former football manager with Hertha Berlin and Partizan Belgrade, and the controversial football agent Fali Ramadani.

Fazlic is led off during the arrest of Naser Oric in Sarajevo.

On October 2, 2008, Fazlic was hauled from a small cafe in Bosnia by balaclava-clad police, setting off political tremors 400 kilometres away in Tirana and unleashing an extraordinary sequence of events.

The businessman claimed to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time – an innocent witness to the arrest of Fazlic’s acquaintance Naser Oric, a war crimes and extortion suspect, who was sitting at the only other table in the eatery.


Porto Romana, Damir Fazllic und die Mafia Geschäfte der Familie Salih Berisha, rund um ein Gas Monopol

Hintergründe des Grundstücks Betruges der Argita Berisha, welche 3 Millionen € für ein Grundstück in der Porto Romana wollte vom Pakistanischen Investor Zafar Ansar, obwohl das Grundstück nie im Besitz des Damir Fazllic, und seiner Geldwäsche Firmen war. Weitere Details wurden bekannt, auch die Verträge mit Damir Fazllic, der offensichtlich versucht in Mafia Style, die Grundstücke dort vor Junit 2013 zu verkaufen, wo er nie etwas dafür bezahlt hat, im kriminellen Enterprise des Salih Berisha.

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Wesley Clark, trifft in Tirana Damir Fazllic und Salih Berisha

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Der Verbrecher Wesley Clark ist nun Berater der Rumaenischen Regierung

Budva Mafia: Montenegro Court Jails Former Mayor

Friday, July 18th, 2014

18 Jul 14
Montenegro Court Jails Former Mayor

Courts on Thursday jailed the former mayor of the resort of Budva, his deputy and nine others in the so-called Zavala case.
Dusica Tomovic

Podgorica’s High Court on Thursday jailed 11 indictees in a case involving illegal construction work at Zavala hill in Budva in 2007 and 2008.

Rajko Kuljaca, former mayor of the coastal resort, and Dragan Marovic, his deputy, were found guilty of abuse of office to the benefit a private company, Zavala Invest, and to the detriment of the municipal budget, of more than 800,000 euros.

Kuljaca was jailed for five years, while Marovic, the brother of Svetozar Marovic, former president of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, was jailed for four. …………..

Budva Mayor Mafia jailed in the ZAVALA case:Rajko Kuljaca – Dragan Marovic

The Russian “ZAVALA” Mafia: