Balkan (Englisch)

Omar Bakri: Radical Islamist leader threatens Serbia

Radical Islamist leader threatens Serbia

BUCHAREST — Radical Islamist leader Omar Bakri has warned that terrorist attacks would be launched against Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and other countries in the region.


The reason for this, the Syria-born extremist told Bulgaria’s newspaper 24 Chasa, is that those were „territories that belong to Islam“.

Bakri further explained: „When Islam enters a territory, it becomes Islamic, therefore Islam is under obligation to eventually liberate it.“

The Mediafax news agency is also reporting that he listed all „Muslim territories“ as follows: „Spain, Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia“:

„Spain, for instance, is a Muslim territory. Eastern Europe as well. Romania, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia… but due to its decision to send troops to Afghanistan and Iraq and its military cooperation with Israel, Bulgaria is also a legitimate target.“

Bakri, who lived in London for 20 years, has been banned from returning to Britain after he left the country in the wake of the terrorist attacks in July 2005. He is considered to have „strong ties with Al Qaeda“.

Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean reacted to the statements by saying that his was „primarily a Christian country“, and that „there was no need to comment on various statements that have nothing to do with reality“.

However, this official noted that Romania took on various strategic projects, such as NATO’s missile defense shield, and that it was a strategic partner to the U.S. and NATO that planned on remaining „a faithful ally, regardless of risks“.

Albania:Frank Wisner Fraud transactions with fake bank guarantees

 Frank Wisner is the World Gangster Nr. 1 and here Partner of al lot of Gangsters

Frank Wisner

Patton Boggs


Yesterday, it was reported in Albania by Top Channel TV that American Chartered Bank has provided  a guarantee to support Vetro Silk Road’s acquisition of Albpetrol.

According to conversations I’ve had today and yesterday with representatives of American Chartered Bank (ACB), the institution is primarily a regional bank and it does not appear to be engaged in funding credit facilities in foreign countries.   Further, based on the bank’s tier capital, it may be a violation of federal banking regulations for the bank to provide a $100 million financial guarantee to support the acquisition of Albpetrol.  Also, the representatives I spoke with seemed to be surprised by news that the bank was entertaining a transaction in Albania.

Have you spoken with ACB to determine if the guarantee is legitimate?  Have you examined ACB’s balance sheet to determine the bank’s capability to make this commitment?  In not,  why haven’t you?  I would assume it’s part of your mandate to provide guidance to the Albanian government to assure that you bring qualified bidders to the table.  Did you do your homework?   Or is there something else going on?  If your firm hasn’t conducted appropriate due diligence on ACB (and the bidders for that matter), it would support my contention that there may be more qualified firms that could have been hired to serve as  advisor for the Albpetrol transaction.  Frankly, I don’t understand why your firm could not elicit interest in Albpetrol from a larger field of qualified and credible potential bidders.

Perhaps something’s been lost in Top Channel’s description of the ACB credit facility, but if my understanding is correct, ACB will be providing some form of guarantee that can be called by the Albanian government if Vetro Silk Road’s bid is accepted and the bidder subsequently defaults on the acquisition.  So this could potentially put ACB at risk of funding the $100 million facility.  Is this more or less correct?  If so, the link below will bring you to recent financial data on ACB (readily available on the web) that indicates ACB has total equity capital of about $200 million.   I would like you to explain how ABC is going to put itself at risk with a facility that is equal to 50% of its equity capital.  Perhaps there may be a way to structure the deal if Vetro Silk Road posted cash collateral with ACB, but this would be  highly unusual and I’m not sure that even this would pass the smell test with regulators; however, this should all be easy enough to verify.
FYI – I’ve brought this matter to the attention of two different federal agencies.  I suggest that you make a determination about whether the Top Channel report is true, and if so, you should know because you would have undoubtedly seen what’s been represented by Top Channel to be the ACB guarantee.  You should then determine if ACB did indeed issue some form of financial commitment, and if so, if ACB is financially capable of issuing such a commitment.  You should then provide comments on this issue in a public statement as soon as possible, and you should be able to turn this around in 24 hours.  Here’s the telephone number for ACB’s risk control group:  847-273-1638.  The FDIC Chicago field office can also address ACB’s financial capabilities and can be reached at:  312–382-6000.

Please let me know if I you need any further information.

Thank you.

Gary Kokalari

Gangster Treffen:

Chef der Drogen Kartell Frank Wisner ist wieder in Tirana

01 OCT 12 / 09:17:44

US Firm Offers €850m For Albania Oil Reserves

Vetro Energy, a US-based consortium, is the frontrunner in a tender to buy Albania’s state-owned oil company, Albpetrol, with an offer of €850 million.

Besar Likmeta




Albania’s Deputy Economy Minister, Sokol Dervishaj, said that Vetro Energy, which is bidding through the Vetro Silk Road Equity Ltd consortium out of Singapore, ranked first out of eight companies bidding for Albpetrol.

The US company was followed by the Chinese consortium Win Business and Bankers Petroleum of Canada. Two other companies, Ecolog and Gazprom, were excluded from the tender owing to a lack of documents.

Vetro’s bid for Albetrol is double the value placed on the state-owned oil firm’s assets by advisers to the sale. It is equivalent to 10 per cent of the country’s GDP.

If it goes through with the bid, Vetro Energy will secure all of Albpetrol’s above ground assets and exploration rights for a period of 25 years.

Before the sale, the government added the right to build a refinery and to transport gas to Albpetrol’s license.

Most of Albpetrol’s  oilfields are currently run by foreign companies under output-sharing agreements.

Mafia Partner from the UNMIK and B.Pacolli: Kosovo Gangster Enver Sekiraqa Arrested

B. Pacolli Info!

28 SEP 12 / 17:54:56

Alleged Kosovo Gangster Enver Sekiraqa Arrested


Police arrested Enver Sekiraqa, the most wanted man in Kosovo, after four years spent on the run, when he decided to hand himself over.

Fatmir Aliu





Kosovo and European police officers arrested Enver Sekiraqa on Friday, the EU’s rule of law mission, EULEX, said.

A EULEX spokesperson said that Sekiraqa had handed himself over to the authorities after four years in run.

“He handed himself over and is currently being interviewed by a EULEX prosecutor,” Blerim Krasniqi told BIRN.

Sekiraqa is believed to be a major player in international organised crime and is wanted, among other alleged crimes, for the murder of a police officer in 2007.

Triumf Riza was shot dead on the streets of Pristina by a hitman suspected of working for Sekiraqa in August 2007.

Sekiraqa then fled and was first reported to be hiding in Serb-run northern Kosovo, which remains largely out of bounds to Kosovo police. Later he was reported to be hiding in Ireland.

The Kosovo authorities issued an arrest warrant for him in 2008, and for two others,  Rrahim Rrahman Avdullahu and Ilir Ymer Avdullahu.

On Friday, EULEX and Kosovo police detained him in the Pristina area of Kodra e Trimave.
A Kosovo police officer said that Sekiraqa “didn’t resist” arrest.

Sekiraqa is also sought by Interpol over allegations of murder, rape, other sexual crimes, organised crime and theft.

In September 2007, Sekiraqa’s restaurant in Pristina was damaged in a bomb blast. It was later found that the bomb was planted by six police officers who killed two people in a nearby cafe and injured many more.

The judgment convicting the two police officers of murder said that the explosion may have been an attempt to intimidate Sekiraqa from returning to Pristina.


Është arrestuar Enver Sekiraça

, 28.09.2012 – 15:58

Ka rënë në duar të Policisë së Kosovës Enver…

Festnahme des Kosovo Polizei Chefs in Ferizaj: Blessing Suma rund um den Gangster Enver Sekiraqa 

Enver Sekiraqa, auf der “Most Wanted” Liste von Interpol und Partner der SPD Lobby Gangster

Neuer Anschlag mit Toden im Kosovo: Der enge UN Partner und Verbrecher Enver Sekiraqa wird auch hier verantwortlich gemacht 

September Justice: Arrest of Enver Sekiraqa
EULEX judges and prosecutors are back to work in high gear. September brought quite a few developments in the justice sector.

Petrit Selimi – Nathan Coley’s Kosovan sculpture: a beacon in bulbs

Nathan Coley’s Kosovan sculpture: a beacon in bulbs



Artist Nathan Coley has installed his latest work in a patch of dusty scrubland in Kosovo’s capital. The fledgling country’s young leaders tell Charlotte Higgins why they don’t want to give it back

A forward step … Nathan Coley’s A Place Beyond Belief in Pristina, Kosovo. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian


Nathan Coley was listening to Radio 4 when he heard a phrase. The next moment, he was darting up and down his Glasgow flat looking for a pen and paper so he could write it down. The date was 11 September 2011, and the station was broadcasting the memories of people who had been caught up in the 9/11 New York attacks.

Coley, who was shortlisted for the 2007 Turner prize, tells me this a year to the day afterwards, as we sit on the steps of the university library of Pristina, a glorious piece of Soviet architecture. „A woman came on and talked about her memory of sitting in the New York subway about a week after the attacks,“ says Coley. „She is going back to work – tired, uncertain and not a little frightened. Sitting opposite her is a Sikh man in an orange turban, and her fellow passengers are exhibiting a blatant hatred towards him. He’s not returning anyone’s gaze, and he’s quietly sobbing. Finally, the man gets up at his stop and walks to the door. Standing there is a young black woman holding a baby. The man takes a handful of money and shoves it into the baby’s clothing. And at that moment, the woman said she realised that for New York to be the beautiful place we know, it had to find a way to become a place beyond belief.“

Across the park – between the new government education offices, the Kosovo Art Gallery, and the half-built, half-ruined Orthodox church raised by Slobodan Milosevic in the 1990s – the phrase that so struck Coley is writ large, picked out in lightbulbs and mounted on a scaffolding frame seven metres tall: „A PLACE BEYOND BELIEF.“ It is the latest in a series of found-text sculptures by 43-year-old Coley. Placed here, the phrase loses its original context and goes out into the world to find a new life.

The setting is mid-way between reconstruction and ruin: students hurry past between lectures, and newly planted trees grow in spite of the drought. At the same time, the church – a symbol of Serbian oppression to the majority Muslim, ethnic Albanian population – is gradually decaying, weeds filling its cracked brickwork. Tim Judah, a writer and Balkans expert, remembers the church in the immediate aftermath of the 1999 Nato bombing campaign against the Serbians. Inside the shell of the empty building, British troops were encamped „to stop it being destroyed. Of all the things I saw at that time, it was perhaps the most surreal: soldiers watching EastEnders, the Sun on a coffee table – a sort of British living room, in a tent inside this ruin.“

Coley’s A Place Beyond Belief officially opened earlier this month, in the presence of diplomats and politicians including Martti Ahtisaari, the Finnish ex-president and Nobel laureate who drew up Kosovo’s independence plan. These were „the black cars and the grey suits“, as Coley puts it, who gathered in the capital to mark another step on Kosovo’s road to mature nation-statehood: the end of supervised independence, the system by which, since 2008, Kosovo’s political institutions have been overseen.

 The sculpture offers a challenge: can this place become a place beyond belief? It hints at an unattainability. „It’s somehow the hill beyond the hill you can see,“ says Coley. This is appropriate in a young country that has its problems: a deeply fragile relationship with Serbia; unanswered questions about the future of its minority Serbian population; corruption and organised crime.

The idea of placing Coley’s sculpture here for a month came from Petrit Selimi, Kosovo’s deputy minister for foreign affairs. At just 33, he is one of four ministers in Kosovo’s government under 35; the president herself is only 36. When, in the early 1990s, Serbia banned ethnic Albanians (about 90% of the Kosovan population) from holding state jobs, and closed Albanian schools and its university, he and his peers were educated by a sort of shadow state, a parallel underground system.


Petrit Selimi: Serbia and Kosovo: LGBT* rights and the footnote  

Mafia Report in Albania

Mafia Report in Albania

Date: Sunday, June 10 @ 17:27:36 PDT
Topic: Albania News

Read inside: „Mafia Clan of Democratic Party of Albania“ , „My letter to Tom Ridge“ , „Fatmir „Watchman“ Mediu and President Bush“ – by Gary Q. KokalariH.E. Sokol Olldashi
Minister of Telecommunications and Transportation Republic of Albania
Tirana, AlbaniaZoti Olldashi:

Not surprisingly, as of this date I have not received a response from you on the correspondence below and the attached report that contains various allegations against you. If this information is not true, one would think you would have an interest in clearing your name.

Gary Q. Kokalari – Political Analyst

By Gary Q. Kokalari – Exclusively for ACLIS

With respect to another matter, now that your are responsible for telecom, do you plan to take any action to bring the transparency to the interconnection agreement and Albtelecom privatization issues that were intentionally avoided by your predecessor, Lulzim Basha, and Sali Berisha? Perhaps you will have the opportunity to ask President Bush his opinion on this matter.


Gary Q. Kokalari

H. E. Sokol Olldashi
Minister of the Interior
Republic of Albania
Tirana, Albania

Zoti Olldashi,
It is my understanding that Sali Berisha and you were offended by my letter to you that alleges your affiliation with Albanian criminals. This is completely understandable. But please know that as an Albanian, I am offended by the persistent stories of crime and corruption emanating from Albania . And I am offended by politicians like Sali Berisha, a communist dictator masquerading as a democrat, who says one thing but does another. And I am also offended by politicians like Fatmir Mediu, Lulzim Basha and Fatos Nano and their unexplainable, unjustified sources of wealth.

However, as I am certain most Albanians will agree, the allegations about you contained in the report are extremely disturbing because those who support or protect criminals should be considered criminals themselves. And although I cannot state with certainty that the report is accurate, I still find the allegations troubling as I have reason to believe it is possible there is validity to the claims.

But I have a suggestion that may help clear up this matter. The report alleges that you maintain relationships with a number of criminals in Albania . I suggest that you immediately make available for inspection ALL of your communication records for the past year, including ALL telephone and text records, so that they may be analyzed by an independent third party (with my input) prior to the elections to determine if you have associated with those individuals who are alleged in the report to be involved in criminal activity. And if this analysis indicates that you have no such criminal affiliations, then this will be at least a first step toward clearing up this matter in my mind, but more importantly, in the minds of the citizens of Tirana who you are asking to support you on election day.


Gary Q. Kokalari

The Hon. Sokol Olldashi
Minister of Interior
Republic of Albania
Tirana, Albania

Zoti Olldashi:
It is my understanding that you were recently interviewed on the Albanian TV show „Free Zone“ where you stated you would vote for Fatos Nano if he were to be nominated to serve as Albania’s President, and there was a report that Prime Minister Berisha made a similar comment several days before your TV appearance. There was also a report you had a secret meeting with Nano in Durres where this matter was discussed. If I have misinterpreted your words or actions I am requesting you provide clarification.

If there is any truth to your statements and actions (related news reports appear below), your comments would be very surprising due to the fact that it is unlikely you would make such a statement without the knowledge of Sali Berisha since it is well known his ministers are too intimidated to take any action without his approval. It should also be noted that your statements would represent a major contradiction on the part of the Democratic Party due to the fact you so aggressively attacked Fatos Nano as being corrupt prior to the election, the key reason why your party was able to prevail in the elections.

That being said, I want to make sure you are aware of the attached report (Albanian and English versions) containing numerous allegations Fatos Nano and other members of his government were engaged in drug trafficking and other criminal activity. This report was assembled in 2004 by one of Berisha’s closest confidants, and after a meeting I had with Berisha, it was emailed to me by this person (which I can verify with email files) with Berisha’s approval. It could be interpreted that your comment about supporting Nano for President is an indication that a deal was struck between Berisha and Nano to pave the way for Nano to become President, and this would go a long way to explaining why your government has taken no action to pursue Nano for the numerous allegations you leveled against him prior to the election. The only way to prove there is no basis to this claim is for you to immediately request that your government open an investigation of the allegations contained in the attached report.

I would like to remind you that Fatmir Mediu, with the full cooperation and approval of Sali Berisha, used the office of Congressman Frank Wolf to arrange to appear before the Helsinki Commission, and in his May 2004 testimony before this U.S. Congressional Committee in Washington Mediu stated,

„Albania is facing a difficult situation, as a result of an inept government unable to serve its citizens, and at the same time overly capable in serving the illegal interests of a group of high-powered people. In great measure this is a result of the influence of organized crime and corruption on the Nano government, which is undermining the foundation of the country’s and our people’s futures.“

If Berisha and you now consider the support of Nano for President a viable option, given comments like Mediu made above and the numerous attacks Berisha made against Nano prior to the election, it could be construed that Berisha and Mediu committed an outright abuse of a U.S. Congressional committee for the sole purpose of gaining power in Albania. I am certain the people of the United States and members of Congress would frown upon an abuse of power of this nature. I am also certain the people of Albania would feel they have been betrayed by Berisha. Do you believe such an abuse of either a U.S. government body or the people of Albania is appropriate?


Gary Q. Kokalari

bcc: Marci Ries, Rosemary DiCarlo, Tom Ridge, Frank Wolf, CIA, FBI, Helsinki Commission

Olldashi was asked by Arian Cani on the TV show „Free Zone“ (Zone e Lire at TV Klan) „whether he would vote Fatos Nano if the Socialist Party would present him as candidate for president in 07“. Olldashi said that „he would vote him“. The article below also mentions that a few days prior to this statement, Berisha didn’t rule out the possibility of voting Nano as a president.

Mafia Clan of Democratic Party of Albania

Prime Minister Sali Berisha

  1. kukRexhep ARAPI, resident in Katund Sukth, nicknamed “KEPI” has a criminal record as follows:
    1. In the year 1991 (in March) he has killed at the Port of Durrës, for feud issues the citizen A. Cyrbja, resident in the Katund Sukth village; has been arrested for this crime in 1994 and has been released because of lack of evidence.
    2. In April 1997, in collaboration with Gëzim Aleksin, resident in K.Rruget Shijak (arrested for armed robbery, convicted for 12 years in prison, is being tried as a member of the ‘Kanun’ band) have kidnapped for the purpose of profit the business partner of Lul Alimadhi (The Shoe Firm in Qendër Sukth) and has released him after taking the fee of 150 million Italian liras.
    3. In April 1997, together with Zaimir Cyrbe from Katundi Sukth, has killed the nephew of Cim Xhije (partner of Lul Alimadhi), who was in the same time Luli’s bodyguard, murder happened in Qender Sukth, uncovered.
    4. From 1998 to 2001 has been one of the main organizers of women’s traffic for the purpose of prostitution coming from the former Soviet Union countries; in 1999 has been investigated by the Fier General Attorney’s office, and during the search of his warehouses along the highway in Fermë Sukth, two Moldavian girls were being sheltered. The Fier General Attorney Office closed the case.
    5. In 2003, together with his criminal band, they have tried to murder the citizen Xhevdet Plaku resident in Neighbourhood no.15 in Durrës in his neighborhood, because the latter had murdered the other brother of Kepi in Italy, in Torino on drug issues. The weapons of the crime have been found and the General Attorney in Durrës is following the case.
    6. He is one of the main women, guns and drugs traffickers that go through Albania to Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. He has currently destroyed his warehouses along the highway in Fermë Sukth and is constructing a gigantic object of many stores with profits made from the abovementioned trafficking activities.
    7. There is information at this moment that his picture is published as internationally wanted by the Spanish Interpol or Portugal for international drugs trafficking. He is one of the closest friend of the I.M S. Olldashi, whom he meets almost twice a week, where they dine together or with other members of the group. They keep in contact mostly through Olldashi’s driver, Lali, his most trusted man. This citizen is dangerous and harmful, registered in the police archives as having strong criminal tendencies such as murder, drugs and prostitution trafficking.
  1. The ‘XHAKJA’ clan, residing in Katund Sukth have a criminal record as follows:
    1. In 1994, the citizen Ilir Xhakja has shot his gun inside the bar of Qerim Maloku in the Sukthi village, has been arrested but then released. The bullet shells found in the scene are the same with those found in the murder scene of citizens Gentjan Gjoka and Petrit Lyti, in 1998 in the village Hamallaj, surprisingly uncovered.
    2. In 1998 the Xhakja band (Ilir, Agim etc) have murdered in the village of Hamallja the citizen Gentjan Gjoka (newphew of Dash Gjoka) and Petrit Lyti, friend of Genti both from Hamallja, uncovered event.
    3. In the year 1998, Ilir Xhakja with others has killed the citizen Qerim Maloku in Katund Sukth, an event that was resolved in the year 2003 when an arsenal of weapons of the Xhakja band was found. He is currently being investigated for this murder. Mr. Olldashi is personally taking care for this case to be closed as a reward for the help that the Xhakja clan provided during the 2005 elections. This event is currently being tried by the Court of Grave Crimes in Tirana, where witnesses included former police officers Urim Koka (SPZ at the time, currently arrested in Italy and sentenced to 15 years in prison for prostitution traffic) and Maksut Zhiti (SPK at the time), both friends of the Xhakajs, the latter has been appointed as the Director of the State Reserves in Durrës by Olldashi in return for this favor.
    4. In 1998 Ilir Xhakja has murdered in front of many people the citizen E. Shega from Peqin, during the funeral of his cousin (son of his uncle) Agim Xhaka, Arben’s brother because E. Shega had murdered Agim in Krrabë, Tirana four years ago because of issues about women prostitutes to Italy. This case is also uncovered despite being carried out in public. Both the former police officers U. Koka and M. Zhiti were present at the murder.
    5. In July 1999, the entire Xhakja Clan (Azem, Ilir, Bardhi-deputy chairman of the Katund i Ri commune, Genti and other collaborators) have hit all the residents of the Maloku clan with an arsenal of weapons, even a tank, thus destroying all the houses. They were arrested by the special forces and their weapons arsenal was confiscated, including armored vehicles and also two Moldavian females. After six months in prison the Durrës General Attorney Office released them. This event became quite popular and as a result the attorney Shkëlqim Xhemollari of the General Attorney Office in Durrës was expelled.
    6. In March 2003, Ilir Xhakja and others have murdered the citizen Rudin Shahini from Katundi Sukth in Sallmone for revenge after he came out of prison because the latter had killed his uncle Hamdi (Arben’s father). During this event, an arsenal of various kinds of weapons was confiscated and the experts concluded that one of the weapons was used for the murder of Qerim Maloku in 1998. This case is also uncovered.
    7. All the members have and are engaged in women, drugs and guns trafficking in Albania as well as in Italy. The majority of the Xhakja clan have strong criminal tendencies for murder, and drugs and prostitution traffic.
    8. In March 2006 there was an attempted attack against Fatbardh and Arben Xhakaj in the Sallmone village in the Xhafzotaj commune where Arben was wounded. According to police information they have been shot because of the drugs market in Durrës. They have currently rented a disco named “Fosfor Club” which is next to the Police Directory of the Durrës circuit where all the drug dealers of Durrës are supplied. This disco is the main and current center for mixing and dealing drugs in the city of Durrës since the local police dares not enter the site because this clan and the people there are known as the closest supporters and friends of I.M S.Olldashi. The vehicles that this clan uses to move around are the latest ones, like a gray Mercedes Cabriolet carrying an Italian license plate, a blue Mercedes with license plate DR 5255 D, a Mitsubishi Pajero carrying a DR plate etc; all these vehicles do not possess any documentation and have been stolen in Italy
  1. Dashamir GJOKA and his clan, residing in the Sallmone village have a criminal record as follows:
    1. In the year 1996, D. Gjoka has murdered a citizen from Shkodra with last name Zefi in Italy, by beheading him because of women trafficking. He has immediately left Italy and returned to Albania and since then has never visited Italy again; has been dealing instead with the construction of the supermarket in Sallmone. The Shkodrans have come to Shijak several times in order to kill him…………….

Albanians Mafia judge: Probed For Freeing Murder Suspect

Historic: 20 Jahre kriminelles Enterprise der Salih Berisha Gang

(ECFR): Albanien, Kosovo, Bosnien, Mazedonien: die Politiker machen nur leere Versprechen 

Der Ja-Sager Präsident Bujar Nishani, der mit Vorsatz die Justiz und Polizei zerstörte – nun gibt es Entführungen in Tirana 

Das EU Desaster mit der Justiz und Polizei in Albanien und die Beerdigung des erschossenen Polizei Chef: Adem Tahiri 

Amtlich bekannter Mafiosi und Urkunden Fälscher, wird nun Vize-Innenminister in Albanien: Nard Ndoka

Fatos Nano and Ilir Meta Mafia

Karaburun tragedy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Karaburun tragedy, also known as 9 January tragedy in 2004 was the fatal trip of 36 people from north Albania, 2 dinghy drivers and 1 of the traffic leaders, who were trying to cross the Strait of Otranto towards Brindisi in the coasts of Puglia by means of an inflatable boat. 28 of them died or were declared lost.[1] Karaburun tragedy is the Albanian emigrants’ marine tragedy with the 2nd highest mortality rate after the Otranto tragedy in March 1997, when the Albanian ship with clandestine was hit by the Italian combat ship Sibilla, causing the death of 84 people[2][3] Unemployment, low incomes and difficult living conditions forced people to go outside Albania, especially in the ’90. But a harsh visa regime and great difficulties for obtaining a visa in foreign embassies, followed by a process that involved lengthy, complex, costly and often humiliating procedures, were the main reasons that lead to illegal emigration.[4] Albania signed its first Readmission Agreement with Italy on November 18, 1997[5] In August 2002, after demonstratively burning some inflatable boats of the illegal traffic in the mole of Radhima, Albanian PM Fatos Nano declared that “… we are burning the past and piracy from our coasts. There’s no more rubber dinghies and traffickers on the waters of the Republic of Albania.“[6][7] Despite the political reforms and successes of the Albanian government in the efforts for stopping illegal emigration, in early 2004 this phenomenon still existed and 9 January was a strong proof of it. Only after almost seven years, on November 8, 2010, Council of the European Union approved visa-free travel to Schengen Area for Albanian citizens.[8]


Investigations and aftermath

The two dinghy drivers were firstly sent to the hospital and then taken into custody. One of them, A. Rrokaj, was the son of the chief of Antiterrorist Police Department in Shkodër and nephew of Vlorë Seaport’ s vice director, while this last one’s brother was the owner of the boat.[7] Also another relative of them, chief of the Circulation Police Department of Vlorë was involved and all of them were sentenced or imprisoned. The opposition leader deputies of the Democratic party accused the government of strong implication in the tragedy and in the traffic of clandestine. They asked the resignation of the minister of Public Order, Mr. Igli Toska, as well as the PM Fatos Nano. An atmosphere of large discontent arose among people towards the government and some peaceful protest were held.[11] On 3 March 2006, despite provoking a broad public debate, the moratorium on motor speedboats took effect; a three-year term law, banning all Albanian motor vehicles to move in the territorial waters of Albania.[12] After 5 years from the tragedy, on 25 February 2009, some of the family relatives of the victims went on a hunger strike.[13] On March 17, 2009 the Court of Appeal in Vlorë decided to reopen the investigations for the tragedy of Karaburun[14] and in December 2009, one of the main organizers of the traffic of clandestine was arrested in Borgo San Lorenzo, Italy, under a fake name. He had been previously sentenced by 25 years of impriosonment from the Court of Appeal in Vlorë.[15] In February 2010, Albanian President Bamir Topi decreted the law on the “Moratorium of motor sailing boats of the Republic of Albania’’. The Democratic majority approved the law by only 72 votes (out of 140), with the explicit disapproval of the opposition. According to the law, the effect of the moratorium on seas, lakes and rivers of the country was extended for 3 more years.[16]

    1. Fatos Nano Drug Allegations

      Date: Friday, December 01 @ 15:03:04 GMT
      Topic: Albania News

      Below is the translation of a document that was provided to me by a friend in Tirana. The report was assembled from conversations with three separate sources, one who works for an Albanian intelligence agency and two others who work within Nano’s circle. The translation tracks the original.

      Fatos Nano – Ex Prime Minister of Albania

      By Gary Kokalari – Political Analyst – Exclusively for ACLIS

      The current drug trafficking routes in Albania and their relations with Prime Minister Fatos Nano……………

    2. With this group works also the nephew of Bajram Ibro (Director General of the Police) as well as a trafficker named “Gezim” in Laprake, a peripheral neighborhood in Tirana. A second group within this group is that led by Lul (Lulezim) Berisha, Arjan Saliu, Klodian Saliu, Rudin Taullahu, Artur Begu dhe Arben Talja. This group is led directly by Leonard “Nard” Koka (brother of Lefter Koca), new deputed by the election in June 2009: Lefter Koca (Partia; Srapari Bande from Ilir Meta) and Hazmir Gashi / Partner of “Lul” Berisha.
    3. ……..
    4. ACL – 01 December 2006

    15.9.2012: Mafia Clan Salih Berisha / Fatos Nano – Ilir Xhakja, miku i Sokol Olldashit në vrasjen e kryekomisarit

  1. TRANSITIONS ONLINE: ALBANIA: Corruption Takes Its Toll On the Berisha Government

    12 May 1995

The Kosovo terrorism group: Ex-KLA members found guilty of war crimes

The terrorist organisation:

According to Roland Keith, a field office director of the OSCE’s Kosovo Verification Mission:[12]

“ Upon my arrival the war increasingly evolved into a mid intensity conflict as ambushes, the encroachment of critical lines of communication and the [KLA] kidnapping of security forces resulted in a significant increase in government casualties which in turn led to major Yugoslavian reprisal security operations… By the beginning of March these terror and counter-terror operations led to the inhabitants of numerous villages fleeing, or being dispersed to either other villages, cities or the hills to seek refuge… The situation was clearly that KLA provocations, as personally witnessed in ambushes of security patrols which inflicted fatal and other casualties, were clear violations of the previous October’s agreement [and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1199]. ”

According to the report of the U.S. Committee for Refugees:[13][unreliable source?]

“ Kosovo Liberation Army…attacks aimed at trying to ‚cleanse‘ Kosovo of its ethnic Serb population. ”

The Yugoslav Red Cross had estimated a total of 30,000 refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Kosovo, most of whom were Serb. The UNHCR estimated the figure at 55,000 refugees who had fled to Montenegro and Central Serbia, most of whom were Kosovo Serbs:

“ Over 90 mixed villages in Kosovo have now been emptied of Serb inhabitants and other Serbs continue leaving, either to be displaced in other parts of Kosovo or fleeing into central Serbia. ”

The NATO North Atlantic Council had stressed that KLA was „the main initiator of the violence“ and that it had „launched what appears to be a deliberate campaign of provocation“.[13][unreliable source?]

Foreign volunteers

The KLA included in its ranks foreign volunteers from Sweden, Italy, Belgium, the UK, Germany, Albania, and the US,[14] and France.[15] 30-40 Volunteers from the Croatian Forces International Volunteers Association also participated in training KLA troops.[16]

The KLA usually rewarded its international volunteers after service with passage home, as a gesture of thanks.[17]

There have been reports of war crimes committed by the KLA both during and after the conflict. These have been directed against Serbs, other ethnic minorities (primarily the Roma) and against ethnic Albanians accused of collaborating with Serb authorities.[33] According to a 2001 report by Human Rights Watch (HRW):

The KLA was responsible for serious abuses… including abductions and murders of Serbs and ethnic Albanians considered collaborators with the state. Elements of the KLA are also responsible for post-conflict attacks on Serbs, Roma, and other non-Albanians, as well as ethnic Albanian political rivals… widespread and systematic burning and looting of homes belonging to Serbs, Roma, and other minorities and the destruction of Orthodox churches and monasteries… combined with harassment and intimidation designed to force people from their homes and communities… elements of the KLA are clearly responsible for many of these crimes.[34]

The KLA engaged in tit-for-tat attacks against Serbian nationalists in Kosovo, reprisals against ethnic Albanians who „collaborated“ with the Serbian government, and bombed police stations and cafes known to be frequented by Serb officials, killing innocent civilians in the process. Most of its activities were funded by drug running, though its ties to community groups and Albanian exiles gave it local popularity.[35]

The Yugoslav authorities regarded the KLA as a terrorist group,[36] though many European governments did not. The Serbian government also reported that the KLA had killed and kidnapped no fewer than 3,276 civilians of various ethnic descriptions including some Albanians.[37] President Bill Clinton’s special envoy to the Balkans, Robert Gelbard, described the KLA as, „without any questions, a terrorist group.“[18]

The exact number of victims of the KLA is not known. According to a Serbian government report, from January 1, 1998 to June 10, 1999 the KLA killed 988 people and kidnapped 287; in the period from June 10, 1999 to November 11, 2001, when NATO took control in Kosovo, 847 were reported to have been killed and 1,154 kidnapped. This comprised both civilians and security force personnel: of those killed in the first period, 335 were civilians, 351 soldiers, 230 police and 72 were unidentified; by nationality, 87 of the killed civilians were Serbs, 230 Albanians, and 18 of other nationalities. Following the withdrawal of Serbian and Yugoslav security forces from Kosovo in June 1999, all casualties were civilians, the vast majority being Serbs.[38] According to Human Rights Watch, as “many as one thousand Serbs and Roma have been murdered or have gone missing since June 12, 1999.”[39]

The Podujevo bus bombing was a terrorist attack on a civilian bus in a Serb-populated area near the town of Podujevo, Kosovo on 16 February 2001 by Kosovar Albanian extremists.
Status as terrorist group
The Yugoslav authorities, under Slobodan Milošević, regarded the KLA a terrorist group. In February 1998, U.S. President Bill Clinton’s special envoy to the Balkans, Robert Gelbard, condemned both the actions of Serb government and of the KLA, and described the KLA as, „without any questions, a terrorist group“.[8][43][44] UN resolution 1160 took a similar stance.[45][46]

But the 1997 US Department’s terrorist list hadn’t included the KLA.[47] In March 1998, just one month later Gerbald had to modify his statements to say that KLA had not been classified legally by the U.S. government as a terrorist group,[46] and the US government approached the KLA leaders to make them interlocutors with the Serbs.[7][48][unreliable source?] A Wall Street Journal article claimed later that the US government had in February 1998 removed the KLA from the list of terrorist organizations,[49][7][50] a removal that has never been confirmed.[46] France didn’t delist the KLA until late 1998, after strong US and UK lobbying.[51] KLA is still present in the MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base list of terrorist groups,[52] and is listed as an inactive terrorist organization by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism from the Homeland Security.[53] 

Laut RTS wurden diese elf Männer verurteilt zwei Frauen (die als Kronzeuginnen aussagten) zwischen dem 17.06.1999 und dem 26.06.1999 vergewaltigt und gefoltert zu haben. Vom Mord an 47 Zivilisten dagegen wurden sie alle mangels Beweisen frei gesprochen.
oslobođeno svih optužbi.


Izveštaj Miloša Milića

Sudija Snežana Nikolić Garotić rekla je prilikom izricanja presude da su osuđeni krivi za silovanje dve žene koje su bile zaštićeni svedoci, C1 i C2, koje su svedočile u Specijalnom sudu, dok se optužbe za ubistva odbijaju, jer nisu dokazane.

Ex-KLA members found guilty of war crimes

>BELGRADE — A group of former members of the ethnic Albanian KLA has been found guilty of committing war crimes and sent to jail for a total of 116 years.

The Higher Court on Wednesday (Tanjug)

The Higher Court on Wednesday (Tanjug)

This was the outcome of the retrial, which wrapped up in Belgrade on Wednesday.

Of the 17 defendants charged, six have been acquitted by a panel of judges of the War Crimes Department of the Higher Court, presided over by Judge Snežana Nikolić-Graotić. 

Between June and December 1999, the group tortured to death at least 80 people, most of them Serbs and other non-Albanians, the court had found. 

34 persons believed to have been their victims are still listed as missing. A total of 153 more civilians were illegally detained, tortured and then released. 

The so-called Gnjilane Group – named after the town in Kosovo where the war crimes took place – includes Agus Memsi, Samet Hajdari, Nazi Hajdari, Ahmet Hasani, Burim Fazli, Selmon Sadiku, Faton Hajdari, Ferat Hajdari, Kamber Sahiti, Sadik Alija and Sefket Musliju. They will spend between five and 15 years behind bars. 

At the same time Fazlija Ajdari, Redzep Saciri, Alija Idriz, Halimi Ramanan – all fugitives from justice – have been acquitted, as well as Semsi Nuhiju who was extradited to Serbia in May 2012. 

Judge Nikolić-Graotić read the verdict to explain that the defendants had committed war crimes against civilians, and proceeded to describe in detail the torture and rape that two survivors – who testified for the prosecution as protected witnessed – had recounted. 

The War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office is satisfied with the portion of the verdict which pronounced the majority of the members of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Gnjilane Group guilty – „but will lodge an appeal against the not-guilty verdicts for six of the defendants“, Deputy War Crimes Prosecutor Bruno Vekarić told Tanjug on Wednesday. 

„Justice has only been partially done, considering the things they did. The length of the sentences they received is only partial satisfaction for the victims,“ said Vekarić. 

Vekarić said this was a high-risk trial and the court worked under extremely high pressure, considering the frequent incidents which occurred between the prosecution and the defendants. 

First defendant Agus Memisi, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison today, recently threatened the deputy prosecutor with retaliation. 

Vekarić said the Prosecutor’s Office would certainly appeal the acquittals verdicts, while it would make a decision regarding the guilty verdicts after it received a written judgment. 

The first degree verdict against the group was overturned by the Belgrade Court of Appeals in December 2011, when the case was sent for retrial. The original verdict amounted to a total of 101 years in prison handed down to the members of the group, arrested in late 2008 in the town of Preševo

One of the big names in Organ Trafficking is also Xhavit Haliti, a former head of logistics for the KLA who is now a close ally of the prime minister and a senior parliamentarian in his ruling PDK party. Highly involved in prostitution, weapons and drugs smuggling, black-listed in many countries, this Albanian serves as political and financial adviser to the P.M. Tachi . One of the lesser known facts about Haliti and Tachi – Haliti is „linked“ with the grisly murder of Ali Uka- Ali Uka, a reporter in Tirana, who supported the independence movement but criticized it in print, who was brutally disfigured with a bottle and screwdriver in 1997. His roommate at the time was Hashim Thachi.
„The government of Kosovo continues to support the strengthening of the rule of law in Kosovo, and we look forward to the cooperation of our international partners in ensuring that criminality has no place in Kosovo’s development„, said the Prime Minister Hashim Tachi, who has been strongly backed by NATO powers.  It is hard to believe that head of a „mafia-like“ network responsible for smuggling weapons, drugs and human organs during and after the 1998-99 Kosovo war, will be ready to drop his most profitable industry branch – Human Organ trafficking. Having no regular industry, Kosovo province under the Albanian rule, has no other means of survival and funding US Lobbyists for Kosovo’s ‘independence’.


Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights,

 Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo

 Draft report by Dick Marty


Organised crime in Kosovo

UNMIK Investigation Organ Trafficking Kosovo – witnesses testimonies

UNMIK Forensic Report – Yellow House -Kosovo

Backing the KLA is simply insane…It’s the same old story. Ten years ago we were arming and equipping the worst elements of the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan – drug traffickers, arms smugglers, anti-American terrorists. We later paid the price when the World Trade Center was bombed, and we learned that some of those responsible had been trained by us. Now we’re doing the same thing with the KLA, which is tied in with every known middle and far eastern drug cartel…These guys have a network that’s active on the streets of this country. The Albanian mob is a scary operation. In fact, the Mafia relied on Albanian hitmen to carry out a lot of their contracts. They’re the worst elements of society that you can imagine, and now, according to my sources in drug enforcement, they’re politically protected.“ Michael Levine,
a highly decorated former undercover agent
for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),
author of Deep Cover and The Big White Lie

For fair use only
Published under the provision of
U.S. Code, Title 17, section 107.

For the third time since the case first went before a court in 2003, former commander and ex-lawmaker from the Kosovo Democratic Party, Rrustem Mustafa, plus two other former senior fighters, will be tried for crimes against civilians during the Kosovo war of 1998-1999.

The retrial of the three men, known as the ‘Llapi Group’, is set to start on March 25, a preparatory hearing in Pristina confirmed on Tuesday, but the defence remains unhappy with the charges against them.

Mustafa and his co-defendants Latif Gashi (known as Lata) and Nazif Mehmeti (known as Nazi) all held command positions within the KLA during the conflict with Serbian forces.

According to the indictment, from August 1998 until April 1999, they detained, tortured, abused and killed Kosovo Albanian civilians at detention centres in the villages of Bajgora, Llapashtica, Majac Potok and Koliq in eastern Kosovo near Podujeve/Podujevo.

To escape the torture, the indictment says, the detainees had to show loyalty towards the KLA by killing a Serb.

– See more at:

 Kosovo Ex-fighters

27 Feb 13

Kosovo Ex-Fighters Face Third War Crimes Trial

The retrial of three ex-Kosovo Liberation Army commanders for jailing, torturing and killing Albanian civilians will begin next month, a Pristina court has decided.

Edona Peci



For the third time since the case first went before a court in 2003, former commander and ex-lawmaker from the Kosovo Democratic Party, Rrustem Mustafa, plus two other former senior fighters, will be tried for crimes against civilians during the Kosovo war of 1998-1999.

The retrial of the three men, known as the ‘Llapi Group’, is set to start on March 25, a preparatory hearing in Pristina confirmed on Tuesday, but the defence remains unhappy with the charges against them.

Mustafa and his co-defendants Latif Gashi (known as Lata) and Nazif Mehmeti (known as Nazi) all held command positions within the KLA during the conflict with Serbian forces.

According to the indictment, from August 1998 until April 1999, they detained, tortured, abused and killed Kosovo Albanian civilians at detention centres in the villages of Bajgora, Llapashtica, Majac Potok and Koliq in eastern Kosovo near Podujeve/Podujevo.

To escape the torture, the indictment says, the detainees had to show loyalty towards the KLA by killing a Serb.

In September last year, the EU rule of law mission prosecution changed the indictment by removing Bajgora and Koliq from the charges, but the defence argued on Tuesday that some of the other counts should also be thrown out because previous trials had already rejected them.

The Llapi Group case was first investigated in 2001 and 2002 by the UN mission in Kosov

– See more at:

27 Feb 13
Kosovo Ex-Fighters Face Third War Crimes Trial

The retrial of three ex-Kosovo Liberation Army commanders for jailing, torturing and killing Albanian civilians will begin next month, a Pristina court has decided.

Edona Peci



For the third time since the case first went before a court in 2003, former commander and ex-lawmaker from the Kosovo Democratic Party, Rrustem Mustafa, plus two other former senior fighters, will be tried for crimes against civilians during the Kosovo war of 1998-1999.

The retrial of the three men, known as the ‘Llapi Group’, is set to start on March 25, a preparatory hearing in Pristina confirmed on Tuesday, but the defence remains unhappy with the charges against them.

Mustafa and his co-defendants Latif Gashi (known as Lata) and Nazif Mehmeti (known as Nazi) all held command positions within the KLA during the conflict with Serbian forces.

According to the indictment, from August 1998 until April 1999, they detained, tortured, abused and killed Kosovo Albanian civilians at detention centres in the villages of Bajgora, Llapashtica, Majac Potok and Koliq in eastern Kosovo near Podujeve/Podujevo.

To escape the torture, the indictment says, the detainees had to show loyalty towards the KLA by killing a Serb.

In September last year, the EU rule of law mission prosecution changed the indictment by removing Bajgora and Koliq from the charges, but the defence argued on Tuesday that some of the other counts should also be thrown out because previous trials had already rejected them.

The Llapi Group case was first investigated in 2001 and 2002 by the UN mission in Kosov

– See more at:

Albanians Mafia judge: Probed For Freeing Murder Suspect

normal in Albania: Drug Bosses, murder, Gangsters are free in Albania

8 SEP 12 / 08:39:50
Albania Judge Probed For Freeing Murder Suspect

The Tirana prosecutor’s office is investigating a judge in Durres who is accused of abuse of power by freeing a murder suspect.

Besar Likmeta


According to the prosecutor, Judge Nertian Tabaku stalled the publication of the arguments on a previous murder case against a local gangster, Ilir Xhakja, for nearly 17 months, blocking the appeals process and thus setting the defendant free.

“Tabaku is accused of abuse of power for… gravely damaging the criminal procedure against the defendant Ilir Xhakja and hampering justice,” the Tirana prosecutor’s office said on Monday.

Xhakja, who was released in 2011 after his incarceration ended, was re-arrested last week, suspected this time of murdering the police chief in the town of Shijak, Adem Tahiraj.

The suspect was first arrested in 2007 for a homicide that took place in 2002. He was convicted in Tirana of murder and sentenced to 21 years in prison.

But the Supreme Court overturned the case on procedural ground and sent it for retrial in the District Court of Durres.

In February 2010, at the local court in Durres, Judge Tabaku found the defendant not guilty of murder and convicted him on a lesser charge of weapons possession.

Local prosecutors immediately appealed in 2010, but the judge has yet to publish the arguments of the verdict, blocking the appeals process.

According to police, Xhakja is suspected of having shot Tahiraj at roadblock in the village of Katund-Sukth last Thursday. He was arrested a day later, following a man hunt by Interior Ministry Special Forces.

Besides the murder charge from in 2011, Xhakja previously served two short sentences in 1995 and 1996 for battery and extortion. He was also a suspect in a double homicide in 1996, and is believed to be involved in human and narcotics trafficking.

Capo of the murder, drug and judge mafia: Dashamir Gjoka – SHIAK  // ministry Sokol Olldashi, Ridvan Bode, Bamir Topi and a long time partner of Salih Berisha!
Der Mafia Clan, rund um die Familie Gjoka (SHIAK), Minister Ridvan Bode, Minister Sokol Olldasi und Salih Berisha
ClanMafia of Democratic Party of Albania

by Gary Kokolari


  1. The ‘XHAKJA’ clan, residing in Katund Sukth have a criminal record as follows:
  1. In 1994, the citizen Ilir Xhakja has shot his gun inside the bar of Qerim Maloku in the Sukthi village, has been arrested but then released. The bullet shells found in the scene are the same with those found in the murder scene of citizens Gentjan Gjoka and Petrit Lyti, in 1998 in the village Hamallaj, surprisingly uncovered.


D. Gjoka has been and is one of the biggest traffickers of women with intent of prostitution to Italy. The chief of the girls in Italy has been a girl from Vlora, named Linda, who is currently Dashi’s wife and they have two children. Her brother Miri works at the Supermarket as chief accountant. D. Gjoka is on record in the State Police for International Drugs Trafficking and Women with intent for prostitution, Murder etc.

Gjoka Super Market-Shiak! 15 years drug and prostitutions center


Das EU Desaster mit der Justiz und Polizei in Albanien und die Beerdigung des erschossenen Polizei Chef: Adem Tahiri

Die SHIAK Mafia: Justiz, Polizei, Minister – eine Einheit im Verbrechen in Albanien 

just criminals: Albania Reform Deadlock Worrying EU, Expert Says

Mafia Clan Salih Berisha / Fatos Nano – Ilir Xhakja, miku i Sokol Olldashit në vrasjen e kryekomisarit

Drogen Handel der Albanischen Prominenz: Der “Copa” Clan mit Parlaments Präsidentin Josefina Topalli und das Königs Haus mit Izzet Ohrid

Der Mord am Albanischen Geheimdienst Offizier: Iso Capo, welcher gegen die Regierungs Mafia ermittelte 

Background father of the gangsters

June 3, 2008 – Soros’ destabilization of the Balkans: Creating a haven for drug trafficking
publication date: Jun 3, 2008
Soros’ political and economic interference results in growth of organized crime in Europe

(ECFR): Albanien, Kosovo, Bosnien, Mazedonien: die Politiker machen nur leere Versprechen

Nichts Neues, von den primitiven Verbrechern, welche sich Politiker im Balkan nennen, oft auf Klein Kinder Niveau!

The periphery of the periphery: The Western Balkans and the Euro crisis.

Next July Croatia will become the 28th EU member, but as Europe struggles to deal with the euro crisis, has any further enlargement into the Western Balkans frozen to a halt? Although the temptation for the EU is to adopt a ‘wait and see’ strategy, the stability of the status quo may prove deceptive.

There is a silent pact between the enlargement-fatigued and crisis-hit EU member states and rent-seeking Balkan elites who do not mind slowing the pace of reform, with a ‘fire-brigade’ approach to periodic crises and outbursts of violence in Kosovo and elsewhere.

But in a new ECFR paper, “The periphery of the periphery: the Western Balkans and the euro crisis”, Dimitar Bechev warns that a failure to deliver transformation in the region would hurt EU credibility in other regions, like the Middle East and former Soviet Union. He argues that:

  • The EU must shift its focus from a narrative based upon security, to one based upon the economy. A Greek exit would send shockwaves through the Western Balkan economies already weakened by the euro crisis, and threaten an economic meltdown.
  • Stagnation and rising unemployment (especially among the young) wipe out support for the type of reformist policies that the EU supports. The popularity of the EU in the Western Balkans has declined markedly in some areas, as ‘Eurorealism’ takes over from ‘Europhilia’.
  • Reform remains essential. The Western Balkans are also struggling to cope with the crisis thanks to domestic policy failures, highlighting that ‘Europeanisation’ needs to be accompanied by deeper transformation.

“In good times the EU exported prosperity to the Balkans; now in a time of crisis it is exporting instability. The EU needs to restore a sense of momentum towards enlargement and put pressure on under-performing governments. If not ambitious powers like Russia, Turkey and China will fill the gaps.”

Dimitar Bechev, Head of ECFR Sofia office and Senior Policy Fellow.

Download the new ECFR policy brief here: „The periphery of the periphery: The Western Balkans and the euro crisis

Key facts:

  • Montenegro opened accession talks on 29th June and hopes to join the EU in a decade
  • Serbia was upgraded to candidate status back in March 2012
  • Bosnia may submit a membership application this year, after its 16 month wait for a state level government ended in February 2012.
  • Kosovo began a visa liberalisation dialogue with the European Commission on 19th January 2012.
  • 2/3 of Western Balkans trade is with the EU.

This paper, like all ECFR publications, represents the views of its author, not the collective position of ECFR or its Council Members.

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is the first pan-European think-tank. Launched in October 2007, its objective is to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent and effective European values based foreign policy. ECFR is independent and funded from a variety of sources. For more details go to

Boom Geschäft: Passport und Indentitäten Handel im Balkan: Rumänien

Ab ca. 2.000 € gibt es eine neue Identität, für Mörder, gesuchte Verbrecher im Balkan. Ein Super Geschäft in Bulgarien, Rumänien, Albanien vor allem. Früher betrieben diese Geschäfte auch gezielt Leute wie „Paolo Pinkel“ Herr Michael Friedmann, wo die Russische Mafia sich eine jüdische Abstammung kauften und schon gab es kostenlose Wohnungen in Berlin, Deutsche Ausweise und damals hatte Deutschland ein sehr grosses Problem mit dem Mafia Nachwuchs aus Russland. Auch hier war Deutschland der Lehrmeister, ebenso bei Sozial Betrug ohne Ende und durch sogenannte Lobbyisten und Geschäftemacher. Diese Leute gaben Stapelweise Ukrainische Pässe in der Botschaft ab, für ein Visum, was ein Bomben Geschäft war.

Warum oft Balkan Politiker so dumm sind?


Experten bestätigen: Pontas Dissertation ist ein Plagiat

Kurz gesagt Idioten regieren und in Deutschland besteht bei prominenten Politiker das selbe Systems, quer durch alle Parteien.

13 Sep 12 / 08:38:24
How to Buy an EU Citizenship

Dodgy dealers in Romanian nationality can conjure up genuine documents for fake applicants, investigation reveals.

Adrian Mogos, Vitalie Calugareanu

Bucharest, Chisinau

click photo to enlargeVladimir’s ‚grandmother‘ Svetlana Alliluyeva shares a name and a birthday with Stalin’s daughter.

Stalin would not have been amused. A man named Vladimir, apparently the Soviet dictator’s great-grandson, stands at the threshold of acquiring a Romanian passport and with it, the right to work within the EU.

When he crosses that threshold, Vladimir will reverse one of Stalin’s achievements. His grandparents were citizens of Romania in the first half of the twentieth century, long before it joined the EU.

They lost their nationality at the end of the Second World War, when Romania ceded the territory of Moldova to Stalin’s Soviet Union.

Today, Vladimir is entitled by law to acquire the citizenship that was taken from his grandparents, one of whom shares a name and a birthday with Svetlana Alliluyeva, the Soviet leader’s daughter.

He is among hundreds of thousands of Moldovans with Romanian ancestry who regard the border between the two countries as nothing but a bureaucratic invention.

But Vladimir is keeping a secret from the bureaucrats who are about to let him into the EU – his ancestry is also invented.

According to certificates acquired from the Moldovan state archive, his illustrious grandmother was married to one Ostap Bender, who shares a name with the con-man antihero of the Soviet novel, The Golden Calf.

The papers from the archive reveal a past rich in historical coincidence. Ostap’s Moldovan birth certificate says he was born on June 28, 1914 – the day of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, and the start of the First World War. The marriage certificate meanwhile shows that Ostap and Svetlana tied the knot on September 2, 1945: the day Japan surrendered to the US.

It is highly unlikely that a woman named after Stalin’s daughter took a husband named after a fictitious Soviet trickster on the day the Second World War ended.

Today however, it is entirely possible for a man claiming to be their descendant to buy the right to work in the EU. All he needs are patience, cash, and the right connections among the citizenship brokers and corrupt bureaucrats of Bucharest and Chisinau.

Passport to the EU:

Romanian Embassy and Consulate in Chisinau.

The territory of Moldova was part of Romania between 1918 and 1940, and again between 1941 and 1944. Formerly known as Bessarabia, it was annexed by the Soviet Union during the Second World War and became an independent republic in 1991.

In the same year, Bucharest adopted a law granting foreign nationals of Romanian descent the right to become citizens of the country. Since then, Romania has processed an estimated 225,000 citizenship applications from Moldovans, according to a study published in April 2012 by the Soros Foundation in Romania.

The study was compiled from data provided by Romanian institutions, much of which is incomplete or in dispute. In the absence of exact numbers, the Soros report argues that the figure of 225,000 serves as the “most relevant approximation” of the number of people who have been granted Romanian citizenship in the last 20 years.

The Soros study shows that the annual number of citizenship applications from Moldova has been rising steadily. The rise has coincided with changes in Romanian legislation, and with Romania’s entry into the EU in 2007. Moldova is the poorest country on the bloc’s borders, and a large proportion of its youth already work in wealthier economies abroad.

The study also shows that Romania has begun processing citizenship applications faster since 2007. Of all applications processed by Bucharest since 2002, more than half – around 116,000 – have been handled in the last four years. Again, the study does not provide a breakdown of how many of these applications were successful.

Many Moldovans regard the Romanian passport as the key to the EU, according to Marian Gherman, a Bucharest prosecutor whose office has investigated a network of touts and bureaucrats who were expediting citizenship applications for money.

“Everybody knows it,” he said. “They ask for Romanian citizenship only because it gives them the freedom to travel and work within the EU.”…