Alles seit langem bekannt, nicht nur durch albania.de: die Salih Berisha Regierung ist stroh dumm, primitiv und hoch kriminell (Albanian government’s poor administrative capacities), wo dann die Frage auftritt, über die kriminellen Orgien und Falsch Informationen des Lobby Vereines DAW (Deutsch Albanische Wirtschafts Verein), was man als gezielten Betrug richtig bewerten muss und Mafiösen Auftreten, mit Partner der Albaner Mafia. Der Visa Skandal lässt grüssen.
Original Wikeleaks cables: albania: http://wikileaks.org/origin/39_0.html
1992-1996 CIA intern report!
Salih Berisha Mafia: The U.S. failed to criticize:of his policies within the judicial system, police, and the DP—often through illegal means
Fun Facts About Our New Allies
The Progressive Review (Washington), 22 June 1999
“Albania … offered NATO and the U.S. an important military outpost in the turbulent southern Balkans (in the 1990-96 period Albania opened its ports and airstrips for U.S. military use and housed CIA spy planes for flights over Bosnia)…. The U.S. played a major role in the DP’s 1992 electoral victory, and it then provided the new government with military, economic, and political support. In the 1991-96 period Washington directly provided Albania $236 million in economic aid, making the U.S. the second largest bilateral economic donor (following Italy)…..Following Berisha’s visit to the U.S. in March 1991, Washington began supplying direct assistance to the DP, including donations of computers and cars for the 1992 electoral campaign. William Ryerson, the first U.S. ambassador, stood next to Berisha on the podium at election rallies. The U.S. failed to criticize, and at times encouraged, the new president as he purged critics of his policies within the judicial system, police, and the DP—often through illegal means. By 1993 DP loyalists and family members held most of the prominent positions in Albania’s ministries, institutes, universities, and state media. Citing the threat of communism’s return, Berisha successfully instilled fear in the population and discredited his rivals. The U.S. embassy in Albania contributed to the polarization of Albanian politics by refusing to meet most of the opposition parties (former communists as well as others) for the first two years of DP rule. This one-sided view of democratization helped Berisha dismantle most political alternatives, some of which were moderate and truly democratic.
Kritische Fragen, an den US Botschafter Alexander Arvizu, warum er Nichts unternimmt gegen US Betrüger und Politik Verbrecher in Tirana
2002!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ilir Meta Government: Chef Skrapari Bande — schon damals wie Salih Berisha nur Show Erklärungen über den Kampf gegen die OK und Korruption
Published on SETimes (http://www.setimes.com)
Fighting Corruption in Albania
In the battle to combat corruption among Europe’s less developed countries, Albania is known to be facing one of the toughest struggles. The country’s politicians, however, are coming together in a rare show of unity to tackle the problem.
(ATA, BBC, RFE/RL - 04/03/02; Institute for War and Peace Reporting - 01/02/02; Transparency International: Global Corruption Report 2001)
Many international organisations have identified corruption as one of the main problems of Albania’s post-communist history. The country, rated Europe’s second-poorest following Moldova, has been urged to intensify its efforts against corruption and the threat it poses to development. Apart from the economic consequences, corruption could also mar Albania’s prospects for EU and NATO integration.
Recognising the significance of the problem, Albanian politicians have signalled a rare willingness to unite in the name of national interest. The government has consented to an anti-corruption programme proposed by the opposition and to contract a foreign auditing company to inspect the bank accounts of senior politicians and officials, according to a recent report by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR).
On the basis of local media reports, IWPR concluded that corruption in Albania was highly evolved and ranged from gifts to politicians such as cars and apartments to smaller cash bribes for lower-level officials. “Millions of dollars disappear through this way of governing, money which could be better used on education, hospitals or energy resources,” the IWPR quoted independent analyst Fatos Lubonja as saying.
Pandeli Majko, the new prime minister, has identified the fight against corruption as a top priority of his government. In Lezha on 4 March, he said increasing transparency in the activities of state structures was an obligation of the administration, which, he stressed, was “just a manager but not an owner of the money of the Albanian taxpayers".
The Citizen’s Advocacy Office is an NGO established about three months ago to fight corruption at the state level. Kreshnik Spahiu, an attorney who heads the organisation, told Radio Free Europe that his office is recording an average of ten new corruption cases a day and that the scope of submitted complaints and accusations was surprisingly wide. He himself was solicited for a bribe by the state telephone company when he wanted to get new phone lines for his office.
Zef Preci, a former minister of economy and privatisation, said there was corruption in almost all branches of the state and that it stood behind public fund transfers. For him, corruption was worst in the justice system, and followed by the government and state-controlled structures.
In Lezha, Prime Minister Majko expressed support for a collaborative effort between politics, “whatever its colours are", and Albanian citizens. He added, “This is a struggle between the law and anti-law, between progress and regression. Whatever the cost and time it takes, it doesn’t have a chance to fail.”
30 Aug 2011 / 09:51
WikiLeaks, Corruption Lost Albania Millions in Aid
WikiLeaks cables reveal that Tirana lost potential access to hundreds of millions of dollars of US aid due to its corruption and the government’s inability to manage donor funds.
|Former US ambassador John L Withers | Photo courtesy of the US Embassy Tirana|
Problems with corruption at the highest levels and the Albanian government’s poor administrative capacities convinced US officials to withdraw substantial grants out of fear that the money would be mismanaged, leaked cables show.
In November 13 2009, a cable from US Ambassador in Tirana John Withers warned the Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC, that although Albania technically qualified for “compact status", a classification which allows access to large grants, the embassy had strong reservations about whether Tirana would manage such funds properly.
“The plain fact… is that corruption in Albania remains endemic and entrenched at all levels of government and society,” Withers wrote.
“Although prosecutions and convictions of corrupt, mainly lower level government officials have increased in the last two years, there remains a crippling atmosphere of impunity,” Withers added.
The secret memo is part of about a hundred confidential diplomatic cables from the US embassy in Tirana that WikiLeaks released over the last weekend.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation is a US aid mechanism created by former president George Bush in 2004. Under the MCC countries are eligible for compacts or aid grants only if they perform well on a scorecard of 17 indicators, compiled by a group of thinks tanks and international organizations like the World Bank, UNESCO, the WHO, IMF and others.
Despite noting the considerable achievement that the country has made since the collapse of a series of pyramid-like investments schemes in 1997, ambassador Withers expressed strong doubts about delivering substantial aid under the programme.
“Embassy Tirana urges the MCC Board carefully to consider how this endemic corruption would impact the effectiveness of a compact program in Albania,” Withers wrote to the MCC.
“Without a tight oversight mechanism, the Embassy cannot be sure that substantial
amounts of US taxpayer money would not go to wrongful and illegal uses,” he added.
|Map of countries benefiting from MCC grants | Photo courtesy of MCC|
Withers underlined that there was growing credible evidence that the Prime Minister’s immediate family, senior members of the opposition party, and numerous members of the parliament engaged in corrupt acts on a large scale.
Apart from the problems with corruption ambassador Withers also highlighted Tirana’s incapacity to manage large funding levels.
“The government’s ability effectively to budget for, spend and account for its own funds remains woefully inadequate - not only because of corruption, but because the government lacks the necessary expertise and bureaucratic structures necessary to manage its money in all but the most elementary ways,” Withers said.
MCC signs either a compact or a threshold agreement with a partner country. A compact is awarded if the country scores highly on the selection criteria indicators. If the country scores poorly but has a positive, upward trend on the selection criteria, it can still be eligible for a smaller grant, called a threshold program.
Under the MCC Albania received two threshold grants, in 2006 and 2008, worth respectively $13.8 million and $15.7 million. However, in September, 2010 the second threshold grant was forfeited, after the opposition and ruling parties failed to reach a compromise to pass a bill on the new administrative court, which would have been funded under the programme.
Following the ambassadors’ recommendations Albania was never upgraded by MCC to a compact status, although as the embassy cable admits it has met the technical criteria. Compact status would have given Tirana potential access to grants worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
For example if MCC’s threshold grant for Moldova was 24.7 million in 2006, when it reached compact status in 2010 it received a grant of $262 million. A full compact funding under the MCC program could have had a considerable impact in Albania, however the former US diplomat notes that the failure to benefit from the funds rests solely with Albania’s government.
“A full Compact for Albania would at least in theory provide momentum for change in Albania in the areas of poverty reduction and economic development - but only if the program is properly administered, a dubious proposition in the Albania of today,” Withers concluded.
Wikileaks “reveals” scandals
Wikileaks published a series of diplomatic documents regarding Albania during the period 2006-2010, which are attached to the folder with the cables collected from all US embassies in the world, including that of Tirana.
One of the documents underlines the so-called “Berisha’s breakdown in the Parliament” on February 23rd 2008, when he offended and threatened with death the opposition MP, Taulant Balla, using bad language.
The US Embassy in Tirana comments:
“Although Berisha’s breakdown is nothing new, this rhetoric from the Prime Minister has shocked the strongest political class and the media. ‘Shame and embarrassment’ were the most common reactions.”
“Berisha’s screams added the speculations that the increasing pressure after the tragedy of Gerdec and the verge of the new parliamentary elections have found Berisha in a difficult situation”.
Another cable refers to the General Prosecution and Albanian Government request for expertise assistance in the investigations of Kosta Trebicka’s death, the key witness and whistleblower of the Gerdec trial.
Regarding Gerdec, another document mentions the “pro-Berisha” media, such as TV Klan and Koha Jone, which undertook a wave of attacks against the General Prosecutor Ina Rama.
The comments of the US embassy say that “these media attacks are signals of the government’s next move with their campaign for undermining the General Prosecution’s independence. This last tactic is only an effort for making the Prosecution follow the government’s line and lead ‘soft’ investigations for the sensible cases of Gerdeci and Fazllic, which have harmful implications for the government. There is another hit for the Prime Minister, when his son-in-law Jamarber Malltezi was accused of abusing with the World Bank funds for personal interests for the Development of the Southern Coastline Plan.
The comment of the US embassy says that five months before the parliamentary elections, other corruption scandal – besides Gerdeci, Durres Kukes road and the agreement with Damir Fazllic – darkened Berisha’s anti-corruption image and increased the public perception that the Prime Minister, his family and his close circle is using the power for increasing their own wealth.
Corruption of state officials and power abuse are a hot topic for the voters, but also a double blessing for the opposition, referring to their past and present business agreements.
For the US embassy, the scandal of the former Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Ylli Pango, who appeared asking sexual favors in exchange of a job in a video-scandal broadcasted by Top-Channel, shows how merciless was the ruling party for discharging him.
While the Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha was facing trial for power abuse and the Defense Minister Fatmir Mediu was also under investigation, Berisha and Topalli couldn’t afford another scandal in their cabinet.
“Their quick response showed that Pango was not liked in many circles, but also the sensitivity of the Prime Minister before the elections for avoiding another scandal that includes the ministers of his government”, the cable continues.
Another cable also mentions the public appearance of the US Embassador John Withers in the comic show “Portokalli”, which enjoys very high ratings, and its effect in the public. According to the US Embassy, this makes the Albanian public understand the political, social and cultural values of US.
The US embassy notified the US Department of State that the government is deliberately increasing Albania’s financial burden only for their desire to be reelected.
Berisha, hat 750 Millionen € allein mit dem Treibstoff schmuggel verdient, als UN Treibstoff Embargo gegen Jugoslawien bestand.Vor den Augen auch der Ausländischen Beobachter, fuhren die Tanklast Wagen von Durres, über den Grenzübergang Hani e Pot, teilweise auch in kleinen Mengen über den Skhoder See.
Berisha,trafiku 750 milionë Euro
Shkoder- Harku i 4 viteve 1992 - 1995 njohu zhvillimin e një kontrabande të madhe me karburante nga territori ynë në drejtim të ish Jugosllavisë Serbi - Mali i Zi. E kishte favorizuar këte kontrabandë lufta që po zhvillohej në proçesin e dizentegrimit të Jugosllavisë, e kulmëzuar në atë periudhë veçanërisht me luften e
Salih Berisha, Alexander Meksi, Azem Hajdari, Baskhim Kopliku, Agron Musaraj, schmuggelten halfen Milosovic bei den Balkan Kriegen ganz entscheidend, als sie für 750 Millionen $ (unversteuertes Öl) nach Serbien schmuggelten.
Dies geschah vor allem mitels Tankwagen von Durres, über Shkoder zum Grenz Übergang Hani Pot, aber auch über den Grenzübergang Morina.
Salih Berisha und die Albanischen Poltik Gangster, waren der wichtigste Helfer für Milosovic.
Kontakt Mann war der Montenegrische Geheimdienst Chef, der perfekt Deutsch spricht.
Er stellte z.B. Agron Musaraj, dem damaligen Innenminister einen schwarzen Cadillac mit Fahrer zur Verfügung. Heute lebt Agron Musaraj unbehelligt in den USA, was schon Alles sagt.
Aktiv daran beteiligt, war auch ein Österreicher.
The Socialist Party appealed the Prosecution to start the investigation on the Durres-Kukes road, after the new facts that came to light by the ca…
20 Albanische Soldaten missbrauchten die Visa Stelle der USA in Tirana, mit gefälschten Einladungen und Garantien, wollten sie in die USA. Einigen wurden die Visa verweigert, der Rest, brachte Original Einladungen später, von US Offizieren, mit denen sie in Afghanistan gearbeitet hatten. Etliche blieben in den USA, und wollten Aufenthaltungs Genehmigung in den USA.
|Wikileaks: Komandot, rrjet mashtrimi me vizat e SHBA|
|TIRANE- Komandot shqiptarë të kthyer nga Iraku, u përfshinë në një rrjet mashtrimi me vizat amerikane për të siguruar hyrjen dhe qëndrimin në SHBA. Çështja ka rezultuar tepër shqetësuese për zyrtarët e lartë të ambasadës dhe vetë ambasadorin John Withers, i cili e ka raportuar këtë në Departamentin e Shtetit. Në një kabllogram që daton 19 shkurtin 2009, theksohet se 20 komando shqiptarë aplikuan në ambasadën amerikane në Tiranë për viza turistike, me qëllim që të vizitonin miqtë që kishin njohur ndërsa kryenin shërbimin ushtarak në Irak. Shumë prej tyre paraqitën ftesa nga kontraktorë apo personeli ushtarak amerikan në Irak. Shumë prej tyre vërtetuan se ishin në detyrë dhe kishin marrë autorizim për leje, por asnjë prej tyre nuk është kthyer deri tani në Shqipëri", thekson mesazhi. Për këtë arsye, ambasada i ka kërkuar ndihmë Departamentit të Shtetit në zgjidhjen e çështjes dhe marrjen e masave parandaluese.
Rrjeti i mashtrimit
Dokumenti thekson se gjatë dy viteve, më shumë se 20 ushtarë kishin aplikuar për viza turistike dhe ambasada ua kishte dhënë për shkak se nuk donte të kishte të bënte me pakënaqësi në momentin kur presidenti Bush të vizitonte Shqipërinë dhe të takohej edhe me komandot shqiptarë", shkruhet në mesazh. Por, pas rritjes së numrit të kërkesave për viza, disa u refuzuan dhe pas kësaj, komandot shqiptarë nisën të paraqesin ftesa nga punonjës amerikanë. Tetë aplikime u paraqitën në 2007-ën dhe 2008-ën, një nga vizat u anulua dhe një tjetër u kthye mbrapsht. Nga gjashtë aplikantë, tre janë ilegalisht në SHBA sot dhe tre të tjerë kanë aplikuar për të ndryshuar statusin. Disa prej aplikantëve morën ftesë nga shtetasi amerikan Matthew Woodford Vinson III, punonjës në një kompani ushtarake në Mosul, në vitin 2006. Pasi disa viza u refuzuan, komandot nisën të paraqesin kërkesa nga Kendra Evers, një tjetër punonjëse e personalit ushtarak në Irak. Nga komandot shqiptarë, Mirjan Xhixha është ilegalisht në SHBA, pasi paraqiti një ftesë nga Vinson, ndërsa Alfred Dani hyri në SHBA pasi iu refuzuar kërkesa e parë për vizë. Edhe Alban Kadhe paraqiti një ftesë nga Vinson në nëntor të 2007-ës, duke siguruar vizë tremujore. Gentian Noka siguroi vizën në janar të 2008-ës, pasi paraqiti ftesën e Vinson. Ai tha se kishte gruan shtatzënë dhe do të kthehej shpejt, ndërsa punonjësi i sektorit konsullor verifikoi lejen e tij nga ushtria. Ai ka hyrë në SHBA dhe ende është atje ilegalisht.
Po ashtu, Ervin Korrës iu dha një vizë tremujore në gusht 2007 për të vizituar hallën e tij në Bruklin. Ai tha se kishte një muaj leje, por qëndroi atje dhe tentoi të ndryshonte statusin në prill 2008. Në janar të 2008-ës, motra e tij, Valbona Korra dhe bashkëshorti i saj nuk morën dot viza për ta vizituar atë. Një tjetër ushtar komando, Blerim Xhaja, ka aplikuar dy herë për të vizituar anëtarët e familjes Korra në Bruklin. Dyshohet se martesa e tij me Christina Paone për ndryshimin e statusit është një mashtrim dhe familjarët nuk dinin gjë për këtë kur aplikuan për viza. Edhe Ajet Aruçi, pasi siguroi një vizë me qëllim që të vizitonte Kendra Evers në shtetin e Uashingtonit, hyri në SHBA më 18 shkurt 2008 dhe nuk u largua më. Ai tentoi të ndryshonte statusin dhe ndjek Universitetin e Nju Jorkut. E"Matthew Vinson dhe Kendra Evers i kanë ndihmuar këta ushtarë të marrin viza, që më pas të hyjnë dhe të sigurojnë strehim në SHBA", thekson kabllogrami. Ambasada ka kërkuar hetimin e të dy shtetasve amerikanë për aktiviteteve të dyshimta, ndërsa ka kërkuar që ushtrisë shqiptare t’i dërgohet një mesazh, në mënyrë që të parandalohen aplikimet e tjera të gënjeshtërta.
LIDHJE TE TJERA
Ein alter Strauss Bekannter noch: Kastriot Islami, hat eine eigene Stellung auch Distanz zu Edi Rama. Kastriot Islami, führt einen der grössten Clans an in Albanien, und hat sich nie ein Skandale verwickeln lassen, war aber als Minister auch ohne Erfolg.
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