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Written by Rigels Seliman 9 Dhjetor 2023
The Special Prosecutor's Office (SPAK) shook the socialist majority from its foundations yesterday. As soon as the SP Congress ended, where Edi Rama attacked the Americans for judicial reform, the Special Prosecutor's Office Against Organized Crime and Corruption issued 15 arrest warrants for the affair with the Tirana incinerator, one of the biggest affairs in the 32 years of pluralism Albanian. Prime Minister Rama has defended the projects, which SPAK continues to show with facts as corrupt schemes, but the justice that he claims to have built himself, continues to take away his collaborators one by one. This was a very strong message from the Americans, since before the echo of Rama's voice in Congress had died down, SPAK showed him the place, knocking on the City Hall of Tirana and precisely hit the prime minister on his "brilliant" investments. According to the information, several subordinates of the mayor Erion Veliaj have drowned, where two of them are Taulant Tusha and Namik Simixhiu. They have been part of the Bid Evaluation Committee. Tusha is the General Director of Public Works in the Municipality of Tirana. Also, SPAK has also made Klodian Zoto and Mirel Mërtir responsible for this incinerator, issuing a new arrest warrant for them. Also, it is learned that charges have been filed against Lefter Koka and Alqi Bllakos. Mertiri and Zoto are on the run, while Koka and Bllako are on the run. Pëllumb Abeshi, the chairman of the Expropriation Commission set up by order of the Ministry of Environment at the time when this department was headed by Lefter Koka, has also fallen into the "tongs" of SPAK. Also, the arrest warrant was issued for Erjon Murataj, a member of the Procurement Commission for the Tirana Incinerator. Bledar Karoli, former official of the Ministry of Energy, is also on the list. Even Alba Thoma, who has held important positions in the Ministry of Justice, up to the position of head of the General Regulatory Directorate of Justice Affairs. Valbona Ballgjini, is another name, former member of the Tirana Incinerator Procurement Commission. Taulant Tusha, Director of Public Works in the Municipality of Tirana and close friend of Veliaj. Likewise, another director of Tirana Municipality is Namik Simixhiu, a former member of the Tirana Incinerator Procurement Commission. Also on the list is Sidita Kopliku, a member of the commission for the development of the Tirana concession procedure. The other two names are Jetmir Llapaj and Sidita Tola.
Who are the subordinates of Veliaj who took SPAK from him?
But who are the two subordinates of Mayor Veliaj? Taulant Tusha was the General Director of Public Works in the Municipality of Tirana. Tusha has been close to Veliaj since the early days of the Renaissance power. In 2013, Taulant Tusha held the position of Director of Support Services in the Ministry for Social Affairs and Youth, headed by Veliaj. He was appointed Director of Public Works in the Municipality of Tirana, as soon as Veliaj was elected mayor, and continues to hold this position. Veliaj sent him as a member of the Bid Evaluation Committee for the incinerator. Together with him, Veliaj also sent Namik Simixhiu. The latter was director of the field of waste in the Municipality of Tirana. In the meantime, the charges have also been revealed, why 15 people have been put under investigation. It is announced that the investigations for the Tirana incinerator have started within the framework of criminal proceedings no. 255 of 2020, for the criminal offenses of "Fraud with serious consequences" in cooperation, "Abuse of duty", "Passive corruption of high officials state or local elected officials and "cleaning the proceeds of a criminal offense or criminal activity". This investigation was followed by the prosecutor Dritan Prençi, while the security measures were confirmed by the judge Irena Gjoka, who was viciously attacked by the former prime minister Sali Berisha.
Details from the Tirana incinerator
We remind you that a little while ago, the Special Prosecutor's Office against Corruption and Organized Crime imposed a seizure measure on "Integrated Energy BVSPV", the company that owns the Tirana incinerator concession, but in the meantime the concessionaire has benefited from the taxes of the Albanians about 9.9 billion about 95 million euros according to data from the balance sheets submitted by the National Business Center. The data from the financial statements show that the income of "Integrated Energy BVSPV" was much higher than the data from the treasury of the Ministry of Finance, because in addition to the funds for the investment of the incinerator, the company received payments from the municipalities of Durres, Kavaja, Tirana for waste management. The data from the balance sheets show that Integrated realized 9.9 billion lek in revenue during the period 2017-2022, of which 24.7 billion lek (23.8 million euro were profits). Revenues increased from ALL 1.2 billion in the first year of activity in 2018, to ALL 1.7 billion in 2019 and ALL 2.3 billion in 2020, to peak at ALL 2.6 billion in 2021, when the incinerator was added and the garbage of Durrës, according to the official data in the balance sheet.