FP: Die Berufs Kriminellen US Botschafter rund um die „Bechtel“ Bestechungs Orgien in Albanien und dem Kosovo

Typisch immer das EU Schweigen, über das kriminelle Treiben der US Botschafter und sogenannten Diplomaten im Balkan. Auch das Rapiscan Betrugs Geschäft der Amerikaner ein einziger Skandal, wenn eine US Politische Betrugs Firma ohne Ausschreibung zum Zuge kam, mit einem Monopol Geschäft, obwohl die Geräte Technik auch in den USA nie funktionierte.

Bechtel ist aber ein Super Erpressungs und Betrugs Geschäft im Balkan gewesen, vor allem in Kroatien, Rumänien ebenso.

Wenn https://foreignpolicy.com, nun sogar einen Artikel schreibt, zeigt nachdem  USAID Desaster mit dem AAEF Fund, nun ein weiteres US Deaster auf, mit Kriminellen NATO Vorbetern, wie Frank Wisner, ganz einfach und dumme Betrüger, wie Georg Soros, der Deutsche Politik Partner, auch der Körber Stiftung, der KfW, DEG von Steinmeier und der DAAD. Kouchner, Deutsche Diplomaten wie Michael Schäfer, Joachim Rückers, Graf Lambsdorff, identisch im Kosovo. Für Thyssen, Heckler & Koch dem vermurksten Bestechungs Apparat vo n RWE unterwegs.

Ex-US Botschafter im Kosovo Christopher Dell: 1 Million $ Bestechungsgeld erhalten, und den Posten als Chef Lobbyist in Afrika und auf Seite von Bechtel taucht dann noch die US Botschafterin Marcie Riess auf (bis April 2007), welche jüngst in Bulgarien die South Stream Pipeline verhinderte, zuvor im Irak war.

Dabei damals: Max Strauss ebenso: 

Wir berichteten vor Jahren, Max Strauss versuchte das jurisitisch zustoppen, obwohl die Unterlagen bei der Generalstaatsanwaltschaft in Tirana liegen.

„Letter of Intend“ wie man grosse Betrugs Geschäfte organisiert.

klicken zur Vergrösserung, wo man dann bestens die Unterschriften von Max Strauss, und den Ministern unter dem “Letter of Intent” – Absichts Erklärung sieht.

D) Nun geht man zu Bechtel Enka und stellt über die offensichtliche Fake Firma Consult: Berberi & Strauss mit einem Bankkonto z.B. in Zypern, oder Lichtenstein eine Millionen schwere Rechnung an Bechtel Enka !

http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/4/14/1397487200584/dc355dc3-b237-4dcb-8f2c-f31293d5b636-620x372.jpeg

Gangster und sich: Hashim Thaci, US installierter Todesschwadronen Chef im Kosovo und Christopher Dell.

FP hatte auf Grundlage der Österreichischen Ermittlungen nun auf US Seite, vor allem die Hintergründe ermittelt. siehe:

Die Deutschen und die EU kopieren diese Betrugs Geschäfte seit langem: siehe: Die EBRD Bank, gibt einen Korruptions Kredit von 15 Millionen €, für das Ausbaggern des Hafen von Durres

Ohne Bestechungsgeld geht offensichtlich bei US Botschaftern Nichts mehr, so peinlich ist das nun schon lange und im Schlepptau: Korrupte Banden aus dem Deutschen Wirtschafts Ministerium, dem AA, wie man am Flugplatz und mit dubiosen Hafen Consults und Firmen deutlich sieht. Einzige Aussenpolitik der Amerikaner: Bestechung und Geschäfte, wir berichtetn hier schon vor 10 Jahren, rund um den AAEF. Im Kosovo war man so dreist, das man zur Vertrags Unterzeichnung in die Türkei flog, wo man die Dokumente bis heute versteckt, damit Europa keine Kopien erhält, oder Geheimdienste, was die Amerikaner auch mit ihrer Immunität überall wie in Albanien und dem Kosovo so treiben.

Steamrolled

A special investigation into the diplomacy of doing business abroad.

One of Europe’s poorest countries wanted a road, so U.S. mega-contractor Bechtel sold it a $1.3 billion highway, with the backing of a powerful American ambassador. Funny thing is, the highway is barely being used—and the ambassador is now working for Bechtel.

Story by Matthew Brunwasser
Photographs by Matthew Lutton

It isn’t every day that a U.S. ambassador inspires a character in a comic strip. But that’s exactly what Christopher Dell, a former ambassador to Kosovo, did in 2011 — and his likeness wasn’t flattering. Dell was satirized as the “Chief Pimp” in “The Pimpsons,” a Simpsons-like strip created by local artist Fisnik Ismaili that depicted the local political elite commandeering Kosovo’s democracy and selling the country off to the highest bidder. Published on Facebook, the comic portrayed Dell as a monarch, and in one edition, he was shown taking cash from Bechtel, an American construction and engineering corporation, in exchange for helping the business win a $1 billion road contract seen by many as a very bad deal for Kosovo taxpayers.

That contract was real: The 48-mile, four-lane Kosovo Highway, as it is known, was completed in November 2013 for roughly $1.3 billion — or about $25 million per mile — according to official government figures given to an international organization in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital. It was the most expensive public works project in Kosovo’s modern history, and it is arguably one of the highest-quality roads in the Balkans……………………………..

It isn’t every day that a U.S. ambassador inspires a character in a comic strip. But that’s exactly what Christopher Dell, a former ambassador to Kosovo, did in 2011 — and his likeness wasn’t flattering. Dell was satirized as the “Chief Pimp” in “The Pimpsons,” a Simpsons-like strip created by local artist Fisnik Ismaili that depicted the local political elite commandeering Kosovo’s democracy and selling the country off to the highest bidder. Published on Facebook, the comic portrayed Dell as a monarch, and in one edition, he was shown taking cash from Bechtel, an American construction and engineering corporation, in exchange for helping the business win a $1 billion road contract seen by many as a very bad deal for Kosovo taxpayers.

That contract was real: The 48-mile, four-lane Kosovo Highway, as it is known, was completed in November 2013 for roughly $1.3 billion — or about $25 million per mile — according to official government figures given to an international organization in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital. It was the most expensive public works project in Kosovo’s modern history, and it is arguably one of the highest-quality roads in the Balkans………………………….

When the Croatian foreign minister lobbied for a second road contract negotiated the same way, however, it was revealed that he had previously worked for the Washington-based law firm Patton Boggs (Frank Wisner MafiaPatton Boggs to Pay $15 million to settle fraud allegations
) , which had a lobbying contract with Bechtel. Under pressure from the European Union, Croatia abandoned the contract and held a public tender. Later, in Romania, Bechtel directly negotiated and signed another no-bid contract in 2003, to modernize the country’s almost nonexistent highway network for $2.7 billion…………..

https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/01/30/steamrolled-investigation-bechtel-highway-business-kosovo/

Das grosse Schweigen brach immer aus, bei der korrupten EU Commission, den Botschaftern, wenn die grossen Betrugs Geschäfte organisiert wurden. Am peinlichsten sind und waren Deutsche und US Betrugs Geschäfte, wo die US Botschafter schwiegen, oder sogar wie mit den Bechtel Geschäften in Albanien und m Kosovo, den EU Vertreter Peter Feith deutlich sagten, er solle seinen Mund halten, seine Nase nicht in dieses Betrugs Geschäft stecken, denn es seit ein Geschäft zwischen dem Kosovo und der US Regierung. Kurz gesagt, deckt bis in die jüngste Zeit, die US Regierung diese ARt von plumpten Betrugs Geschäften, mit International gut bekannten Verbrechern, welche vollkommen korrupt sind.Das der neue US Botschafter Donald Lu, davon spricht, das Rechts System zu stärken ist genauso ein Betrug, wie die EU, US, Deutschen Justiz Missionnen, denn es kommt immer Nichts dabei raus.

(ICITAP) US Mafia – Albania-Kosovo Highway Costs Soar To 2 Billion Euros – Frank Wisner, Tom Rich, Christopher Dell,

Die Chinesen haben den in 2008 geschenckten Container “Scanner” repariert

Betrugs Theater der EBRD Bank und Incompetence of institutions obliges Albanian government …………

Noch ein übler Verbrecher, der überall auch in Kasachtan als Geschäftemacher auftritt.

Desmond Tutu: ‘Put Tony Blair in the dock for war crimes’

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Schuldig gesprochen, vor dem Internationalen Kriegs Tribunal

Schuldig Bush, Blair, Rumsfeld, Cheney: War Crimes Tribunal in Malaysia

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before the international criminal court in The Hague and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war.
George W. Bush, Tony Blair found guilty of war crimes … in Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCT),

Trotz Haft Befehl: Die Georg Soros Ratte: Mikheil Saakashvili taucht in Tirana auf

US ambassador to Kosovo hired by construction firm he lobbied for

EU diplomat criticises way Christopher Dell pushed through deal for Bechtel Corporation to build controversial highway to Albania

Die EU mit korrupten und inkomptenden EU Botschafter, kopiert seit langem dieses Mafiöse Modell, was im Visa Skandal und Joschka Fischer, Rezzo Schlauch, Ludgar Vollmer schon sichtbar war vor 15 Jahren.

Die EU – Motor der Korruption in Albanien mit dem Botschafter Ettore Sequi

Ettore Sequi

1/15/2014

Der EU Botschafter in Tirana: Ettore Sequi, als Motor eines kriminelles Enterprise, stiehlt mit Fake Projekten, Phantom Verbänden hohe Millionen Summen

Investigation 17 Apr 14

Die neue EU Botschaferin aus dem korrupten und bankrotten Kroatien und dem kriminellen Tudschjamn Enterprise, will die Justiz aufbauen. Die EU Korruptions Motoren mit Romana Vlahutin und 3 Justiz Konferenzen zur Show

Albanian Agency Turns NGO Funding Into Family Affair

Former board members and staff of the state agency established to support the civil society sector funded their own NGOs, or those headed by relatives, an investigation can reveal.

Erjona Rusi, Besar Likmeta
BIRN

Tirana

An investigation by Balkan Insight can reveal that four former board members of the Albanian Agency for the Support of Civil Society, AMSHC, awarded grants to five organizations to which they were linked directly or through relatives at the time they were in place.

The five organizations, which received 19.9 million lek (€141,000) in grants from the agency from 2010 to 2013, are the Albanian Youth Council, Transparency International Albania, the Akses Center, UET Center and the Foundation for Economic Freedom.

 

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http://vis.occrp.org/Metro/view/3e370489a661b22c61b095db6439737a

Another organization linked to an AMSCH staffer, JEF Albania, also received money from the agency.

Although the sums distributed by AMSHC are significant, many established civil society organizations perceive it as corrupt and shun its calls for proposals, fearing grants will only tarnish their reputations.

Some of the NGOs funded by AMSHC are practically invisible. They lackwebsites and little is known of the projects that they implemented.

“The winning organizations in past calls were all organizations with direct or indirect connections to people inside the agency, who determined the winners,” said Gledis Gjipali, head of the European Movement in Albania, a Tirana based think tank.

“This is an open conflict of interest, which has prompted me not to apply to them,” he added.

Article 6 of the law approved by the Council of Ministers in March 2009 for the organization of AMSHC stipulates that the Agency should “guarantee impartiality during decision-making process and prevent conflicts of interest”.

The same principles are deemed mandatory in the financing procedures for grants in the official regulations of AMSHC, published on its website.

AMSHC director Rudi Bobrati has admitted that organizations headed by board members benefited in the past from grants issued by the agency.

But Bobrati told Balkan Insight that, by law, their presence on the board did not disqualify them from applying for grants.

He maintained that although there were cases of friends and relatives of board members applying for, and receiving grants, their relationship to the board did not influence the selection process.

“The law for the creation and the functioning of the agency does not forbid board members from applying for state funds with their own organizations,” Bobrati said.

“When this happens, they leave the room and do not participate in the voting process,” he added.

In January, all board members that obtained funding for their own organizations were replaced. A new director for the agency is to be nominated.

The new board members that have been nominated already come from the media and from NGOs that are perceived to be close to the ruling Socialist Party, which took power last September after June parliamentary elections.

During the election campaign, the Socialists promised to reform the agency, which they claimed had been used by the previous centre-right government to reward civil society organizations that support their policies.

Some civil society actors now complain that nomination of the new board has also been far from transparent, and the selection process was again politically orchestrated.

Conflict of interests:

According to USAID’s 2012 civil society sustainability index, Albanian NGOs remain financially weak, while the legal environment in which more than 1,600 organizations operate is ambiguous.

Established in December 2009, AMSHC was meant to boost funding for local NGOs at a time when many international donors were pulling out of Albania and the region.

Since issuing its first call for grants in March 2010, the agency has disbursed more than €2.1 million.

AMSHC’s supervisory board, which selects winning applications, is composed of nine members. Five are drawn from civil society and four come from government institutions.

Since the old board was replaced in January 2014, its composition has followed the same model, with five members coming from civil society and four from government institutions.

Board members whose organizations received AMSHC grants between 2010 and 2013 include Lutfi Dervishi, director of Transparency International Albania, TIA, and Henri Cili, founder of the UET Center and the Foundation for Economic Freedom.

Dervishi told Balkan Insight that possible conflicts of interests had made him think twice before joining the board. At the same time, he also argued that Albanian law did not forbid his organization from applying for cash.

Dervishi denied having influenced the decision process, underling that TIA received only one grant from AMSHC, and adding that he had disqualified himself from the vote when the application was being reviewed.

“We are never present at the voting process when one of our organizations was applying for a project,” Dervishi said.

“TIA won only one project, with a minimal amount of money, and plenty of organizations won much more,” he added.

AMSHC records show that TIA received two grants from the agency for a total of 3.79 million lek (€27,000).

Cili, publisher of the daily newspaper MAPO and owner of the European University of Tirana, with whom both his NGOs are associated, declined to comment about the allegations.

The Foundation for Economic Freedom and the UET Center received 4.2 million lek (€30,000) in total from AMSHC…………

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/albanian-agency-turns-ngo-funding-into-family-affair

Gezielte Zerstörung der Krankenhäuser im Balkan und in Griechenland

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Krankenhäuser und die Bildung wurde im gesamten Balkan, durch die EU Gestalten vor allem und die Privatisierung zerstört. Die KAS feierte in einer Betrugs Orgien, sogar entscheidende Erfolge, welche nie existiert hatten, wo es seit 15 Jahren nur noch bergab überall ging.

“Gezielte Zerstörung der sozialen Sicherungssysteme in Europa”
Jürgen Roth rechnet mit der europäischen Krisenpolitik ab, die einem kalten Staatsstreich gleicht

Oliver Borg: Schrotthaufen der Internationalen im Kosovo

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Denn selbst die CIA ist am Ende doch ein Werkzeug des Guten.

In seinem neuen Buch beschreibt Bestseller-Autor Jürgen Roth den skrupellosen Machtmissbrauch einer gesellschaftlich destruktiven Elite: Politiker, die für Parteispenden ihr Veto bei den Strafverfolgungsbehörden einlegen

Gangster Treffen in Phristina im Luxus Hotel der Pacolli Mafia, höchste US Department of State Vertreter und der korrupte Finne auch dabei.

Pacolli - Swiss Dimond Hotel Phristina
Und wieder eine Erfolgs Feier der gut bekannten Banden! Der Profi Gangster Frank Wisner und Mubarak, eine typische Story, eines Verbrechers!

Frank Wisner, der Welt Kriminelle Nr. 1 und auch bis zuletzt mit Mubarak in Ägypten. Im Vorstand früher bei der Betrugs Firma ENRON, bei der Betrugs Versicherungs AIG sowieso. Im Albanischen Mafia Show laufen, bei Privatisierungen ebenso immer dabei. Man muss die Geldwäsche und die Drogen Verteil Stelle absichern, was die Haupt Aufgabe ist für den Kosovo im Amerikanischen Konzept.
Total gescheitert die EULEX Mission im Kosovo und alle Polizei und Justiz Missionen bei den Albanern, weil die NATO Politik keinen Rechts Staat will und US und EU Geschäftemacher, lieber ein “Schwarzes Rechtsloch im Balkan” brauchen für ihre kriminellen Geschäfte.

Gangster Treffen im Kosovo: Frank Wisner, Ahthirssari feiern ihre Beute Züge im Kosovo

3/2/2009

Max Strauss – Deutsche Politiker und Diplomaten sind die Initiatoren des grössten Bestechungs Falles in der Albanischen Geschichte: Dem Autobahn Bau: Durres – Kukes

von Max Strauss im Auftrage der Consult Berberi & Strauss* und von dem damaligen Transport Minister Lulzim Basha (nun Aussenminister und angeklagt) und dem Wirtschafts Minister Genc Ruli (auch inzwischen angeklagt) unterschrieben ist am 26.7.2006!

Altes Thema:

Die Autobahn der nationalen Korruption

Eine albanische Reise von Pristina nach Tirana

von Jean-Arnault Dérens und Laurent Geslin

Diese Autobahn ist das bedeutendste Projekt der vorangegangenen und kommenden zehn Generationen von Albanern.” Trotz Dunkelheit, beißender Kälte und dichtem Schneetreiben spürt man die Begeisterung des Polizeichefs der Region Pukë. Schon seit mehreren Stunden helfen seine Leute den in Schnee und Glatteis gefangenen Auto- und Lastwagenfahrern auf dem Qaf-Shllak-Pass in den Bergen Nordalbaniens. Zehn Autos sind steckengeblieben, zwei Lastwagen neigen sich gefährlich zum Abgrund. Eigentlich nichts besonderes. “Die Leute hier können gut fahren”, bemerkt maliziös der Polizist, der den Stau aufzulösen versucht. “Proportional haben wir weniger Unfälle als im Rest des Landes.”

Die schmale Bergstraße ist die einzige Verbindung zwischen dem Kosovo(1), Nordalbanien und der Küstenebene. Mit dem ersten Frost wird die Fahrt zum Abenteuer. Hier rechnet man in Stunden, nicht in Kilometern. Im Sommer braucht man sieben Stunden für die 130 Kilometer von Shkodra in Albanien bis zur Grenze zum Kosovo. Im Winter dauert es noch länger – wenn man überhaupt durchkommt. Im Januar war das Städtchen Kukës mehrere Tage lang im tiefen Schnee vom Rest der Welt abgeschnitten.

Nach den Nato-Bombardements flohen im Frühjahr 1999 zehntausende Kosovo-Albaner vor den serbischen Repressionen über diesen Pass. “Die Flüchtlinge waren in einem erbärmlichen Zustand”, erinnert sich Bashkim Shala, ein Journalist aus Kukës. “Sie strömten in die Stadt, kampierten in den Straßen und auf den Plätzen.” Ende April 1999 waren es 160 000. In Kukës befand sich auch eines der zahlreichen Lager, in denen die Befreiungsarmee des Kosovo (UÇK) Serben, Roma und Albaner, die der Kollaboration mit dem Belgrader Regime beschuldigt wurden, festgehalten und gefoltert hat.

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http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2009-05-26-derens-de.html

Die Albanischen Medien zum Thema, der Peinlichkeit einer Berufs Verbrecher Gruppe aus den USA, in,klusive Tom Rich, Wesley Clark usw..

Kosova Nga Matthew Brunwasser*
30 Janar 2015 – 23:19
FP: Ish-ambasadori i SHBA Dell mori ryshfet nga „Bechtel“ Të tjera rreth shkrimit

Shkrimi origjinal i Foreign Policy
Christopher Dell, ish-ambasadori i Shteteve të Bashkuara të Amerikës në Kosovë dyshohet se ka marre ryshfet nga kompania “Bechtel” e kontraktuar për të ndërtuar rrugën në Kosovë, per ta ndihmuar ate te fitonte kontraten 1 miliarde dollare per rrugen.

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Aber das Christopher Dell hoch korrupt und kriminell ist, war 2010 schon bekannt, aber eine Krähe hackt der andren Krähe kein Auge aus. aus 2010  Schutzherr für Korruption, Betrug, Drogen Geschäfte: Der US Botschafter Christopher Dell im Kosovo

Mit der selben Türkischen Mafia: wo der Eigentümer Nihat Özedemir, dann in der Türkei verhaftet wurde (Dez. 2013) , wegen allen möglichen Betrugs, Geldwäsche Geschäfte und direkt mit der Erdogan Familie verbunden: heute Lizenznehmer des Flugplatzes Phristina.

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Nihat Özdemir, ein mächtiger Mann in der Türkei, Haupt Financier und Partner von Recep Erdogan! Prsädient von Fencerbace, wo genau dieser Fullball Club, immer von Drogen und Geldwäsche Mafia Bossen geleitet wurde, so auch von Nihat Özdemir. Die Firma Limak & Calik.  Der FC Fenerbace, wurde 2011, für die Champions League gesperrt, wegen Spiel Manipulationen, was Standard ist, bei von der Mafia beherrschten Sport Clubs.

Aber das Christopher Dell hoch korrupt und kriminell ist, war 2010 schon bekannt, aber eine Krähe hackt der andren Krähe kein Auge aus. aus 2010  Schutzherr für Korruption, Betrug, Drogen Geschäfte: Der US Botschafter Christopher Dell im Kosovo

Less than a week later Dell wrote an article, which all Kosovo newspapers published, in which “in the name of American people” he congratulated the government on the concession for the airport.

This was his response to critics of the controversial contract signed by the Transport Ministry, which practically handed over Prishtina International Airport to an international consortium for free.
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http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/main/comment/28682/

Und das Betrugs Geschäft mit Bankers Petroleum von Wesley Clark, welche durch Umwelt Vernichtung gut bekannt sind, seit 10 Jahren.

7 Gedanken zu „FP: Die Berufs Kriminellen US Botschafter rund um die „Bechtel“ Bestechungs Orgien in Albanien und dem Kosovo“

  1. Kosova
    30 Janar 2015 – 23:19
    FP: Ish-ambasadori i SHBA, Dell
    mori 1 mld $ ryshfet nga „Bechtel“
    Christopher Dell, ish-ambasadori i Shteteve të Bashkuara të Amerikës në Kosovë ka marrë 1 miliardë dollarë ryshfet nga kompania “Bechtel” e kontraktuar për të ndërtuar rrugën në Kosovë.

    Ky është konstatimi i bërë nga “Foreign Policy” sipas të cili ish-ambasadori Dell ka marrë ryshfet një shumë prej rreth 1 miliardë dollarë me qëllim për të ndihmuar kompania “Bechtel” që të fitojë tenderin për ndërtimin e rrugës së Kosovës.

    Sipas investigimeve të kryera nga “Foreign Policy”, autostrada e Kosovës, e gjatë 48 milje, i ka kushtuar shtetit të Kosovës 1.3 miliardë dollarë, e llogaritur rreth 25 milionë dollarë për milje.

    “Foreign Policy” thekson se ish-kryediplomati amerikan ka ndihmuar kompaninë që të fitojë tenderin për të ndërtuar rrugën në fjalë kundrejt një shume të afërt me 1 miliard dollarë. E gjitha kjo sipas “Foreign Policy” ka qenë një marrëveshje në dëm të qytetarëve të Kosovës, pasi tanimë ajo është shumë pak e përdorur.

    Kompania “Bechtel”, është kontraktuesi më i madh amerikan i ndërtimit dhe e treta në botë sipas raportit të hartuar nga “Engineering News-Record”, dhe që vitet e fundit ka ndërtuar disa nga akset më të kushtueshme në Kosovë, Kroaci, Rumani dhe Shqipëri.

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  2. Korrupt und kriminell bis zum geht nicht mehr!

    My letter to Tom Ridge

    H.E. Lulzim Basha
    Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Republic of Albania
    Tirana, Albania
    Lulzim Basha
    Zoti Basha:
    Below is my May 30 letter to Tom Ridge. As of this date, I have not received a response from Mr. Ridge. Perhaps you can shed some light on these questions? It would be greatly appreciated if you could be so kind as to provide your input.
    With respect to another issue, as you know, Greek soldiers were caught on video chanting, „we will use the intestines of Albanians to make our shoelaces.“ Just in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the video . As Minister of Foreign Affairs, why haven’t you demanded that the Greek government discipline the soldiers who made those racist, anti-Albanian statements? For some advice, I suggest you ask President Bush what he thinks about this outrage.
    Sincerely,
    Gary Q. Kokalari

    May 30, 2007
    The Hon. Thomas Ridge
    Thomas Ridge LLC
    Washington, DC
    Dear Governor Ridge:
    In light of Lulzim Basha’s recent visit to Washington and President Bush’s impending historic visit to Albania, I have a number of questions about your relationship with Albania and I am requesting that you respond to the following:
    1. In the interest of transparency, as I have previously requested, what is the nature of the services you are providing to Albania, how much are you being paid and who is paying this fee to you?
    2. What was the purpose of accompanying Lulzim Basha on his visit to Capital Hill?
    3. Bechtel was recently granted a contract for a major road construction project in Albania. This appears to be another Albanian tender process where there were was a minimal attempt at transparency. Did you in any way function as an intermediary in this deal? Have you acted as an intermediary with regard to any other company’s efforts to secure business in Albania? If so, did you receive any form of remuneration for your efforts? Does this present a conflict of interest?
    4. Below is my May 6, 2007 letter to Congressman Engel regarding Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha’s recent visit to Washington, and you were copied on the letter. Many of these subjects have been brought to your attention before including questions about the source of Basha’s wealth. Have you asked Basha about the source of his wealth? Have you inquired about his family’s ties to the Vefa pyramid scheme? How is it possible for Basha, a young man with little professional experience, to have accumulated $1 million in assets (that?s just what he?s declared, there may be more)? Can he provide pay stubs, tax returns and records of stock transactions to support his claims? I know this would not seem an unreasonable accomplishment in the U.S., but this is Albania and knowing the situation there quite well, I can tell you that in the best case it’s highly suspicious. In a related matter, as I previously informed you, Basha?s father-in-law was a key figure at Vefa, one of the largest of Albania ?s notorious pyramid schemes that were responsible for fleecing the large majority of Albanians and subsequently plunged the country into chaos in 1997. Despite the fact that Berisha was repeatedly warned about the danger associated with these schemes, he maintained a close relationship with Vefa and ignored all warnings. Did you ask Basha if he is aware if his father-in-law was able to abscond with illegal gains from Vefa and did Basha in any way profit from these assets?
    5. In light of the recent events related to Fort Dix and the fact that three of the alleged „terrorists,“ the Dukas, were Albanian illegal immigrants, and given your former position as Director of Homeland Security, did you do anything about the information I provided to you about illegal trafficking in Albania?
    6. I have made a number of concrete suggestions to Sali Berisha about attacking crime and corruption in Albania and you have been made aware of this information. Supposedly, you have been retained to provide counsel on these issues. Other than suggesting a national identity card plan, what have you done in this regard?
    7. I forwarded a report to you that was provided to me via email by one of Sali Berisha’s closest advisors that alleges various acts of corruption and criminal enterprise against Former Prime Minister Fatos Nano and members of his government. This report contains very specific charges and was given to me with Berisha’s full knowledge and approval. It was also made a key election issue when I made this information a matter of public record in Albania 2005. What have you done about this?

    8. Regarding Telecom & Transport Minister Sokol Olldashi (former Interior Minister), you were also provided with a similar report that discusses various allegations about Olldsashi’s relationships with Albanian criminals. Have you discussed this matter with Berisha?

    9. You were provided information about Defense Minister Fatmir Mediu’s unexplained wealth and allegations that he was arrested in Italy with a reputed Albanian gangster alleged to be engaged in human and drug trafficking. Have you inquired about the source of Mediu’s wealth or the allegations that he maintained a relationship with a reputed Albanian gangster?
    10. I have informed you about possible security breaches at the U.S. Embassy in Tirana? What have you done about this matter?
    11. Based on his actions, it is now clear Sali Berisha blatantly lied to the people of Albania about his intentions related to fighting crime and corruption and governing with transparency. Have you discussed this matter with him? If so, does he intend to do anything to rectify this matter?

    12. Despite various DP campaign promises to rectify various problems in the telecom sector (your office has been kept fully abreast of these issues), Berisha and Basha have made a complete about face on their promises. It is known that Basha has forged a close relationship with executives of Greek owned AMC. Are you aware if Basha has received any form of remuneration from AMC in exchange for his cooperation on matters that are beneficial to the economic interests of AMC but detrimental to the people of Albania?

    13. Recently, there was a large demonstration in Tirana to protest Sali Berisha?s heavy handed attempts to censor media. Did you advise Berisha that such attempts to stifle free speech are direct affronts to democracy?
    Your input on these matters would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.
    Sincerely,
    Gary Q. Kokalari
    http://www.albca.com/aclis/modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=1264

  3. Alb Telekom Geschäfte im Rückblick, waren immer Betrugs und Bestechungs Geschäfte, auch der Familie des Recep Erdogan und der Calik Gruppe, aber den Anfang machten die Amerikaner. Ilir Meta Regierungs Geschäfte, der von den Internationalen jede Art von Betrugs Geschäft schnell lernte, obwohl er nur ein einfacher Hilfs Polizist des „Sigurime“ war und sein Ehefrau landete im Faschisten Kriegs Instrument des CIA: German C. Marshall Centrum in Garmisch – Partenkirchen.

    Vor allem die Botschafterin Marizo Lino, Josef Limprecht haben private Drogen bzw. Waffen Geschäfte in Albanien gemacht und die Mutter von Marizo Lino, holte 2 Geldkoffer aus der Botschaft ab Mitte Mai 1999, beim Abgang. Die Gelder von Josef Limprecht wurden nach seiner Eliminierung beschlagnahmt und erhielt eine Albanische Hilfs Organisation.

    Die Amerikanische Betrugs Maschine mit ENRON als Vertreter der Super Gangster Frank Wisner und immer wieder die US Mafia mit der US Handelskammer in Tirana: Hier die World.com Geschäfte, reiner Betrug, einer damals vollkommen bankrotten Betrugs Firma: World Com. Der Gangster und Terroristen Financier Senator John McCain kam damals als Lobbyist, heute finanziert er nur noch Kriminelle und Terroristen Weltweit, um dann billige Profite in zerstörten Staaten zumachen. Im Solde der Verbrecher Bande u.a. Elmar Brok, der ja Langzeit Partner des Super Betrügers und Gangster John McCain ist.

    1999, als USAID, auch die Verbrecher und Geldwäsche Bank American Bank of Albanien eröffnete. Ilir Meta Regierung, ein Gangster Imperium wo die Ratten um Joschka Fischer, Ludgar Vollmer, Heidmarie Wieczorek-Zeul ebenso mit Betrugs Projekten sofort auftauchten.

    Albania for $ale: With a Little Help from Her ‘Friends’

    (Giving someone the benefit of the doubt simply means to let Albania be New
    World’s guinea pig)

    by Gary Q. Kokalari

    Last February, virtually lost in the media attention over the Kosova crisis, a ceremony was held at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. Commerce Secretary William Daley looked on while then Albanian Prime Minister
    Pandeli Majko and Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria, the president of a Chicago-based company known as
    New World Telecom, signed an agreement to establish a joint venture between New World and Albtelecom, Albania’s state-owned
    telecommunications firm. The objective of this deal was to establish an exclusive joint venture for the development of a $300 million wireless telecommunication system in the Republic of Albania.

    The press releases were quite impressive – “U.S. telecom company to invest $300 million dollars in Albania.” My first reaction was, “who is New World Telecom?” But at that time, like most Albanians, I was preoccupied with the Kosova conflict, so New World faded from my radar screen.

    ………………….
    I have requested investigations of this matter by Senator McCain’s and Senator Helm’s offices as they have oversight responsibility for the Commerce and State Departments, respectively. As a result, Senator Helm’s office
    forwarded information to me about New World Telecom. These documents, which consisted primarily of self-serving press releases, had been submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by the Commerce Department because of my
    inquiry. After reviewing this material I wrote to Secretary Daley as follows:

    “In my opinion, there was one thing missing from this promotional material ñ evidence that New World Telecom has ever successfully completed the turn-key development of a telecommunication project anywhere in the world. If my interpretation is correct, then it appears that the Commerce Department, knowingly or unknowingly, influenced the government of Albania to entrust the development of its telecommunication system to, in the best case, a fledgling company.
    …..

    So I continued to press the Albanian and American government officials to provide me with rationale for promoting New World in Albania. To no avail, I requested a meeting with representatives of the Commerce and State Departments and New World Telecom to discuss this matter. I also requested meetings with President Meidani and Prime Minister Majko during their recent
    visits to the United States to discuss New World Telecom, but they were too busy. …But I can appreciate their reticence to see me – it’s quite obvious they didn’t want to hear what I had to say.

    After repeatedly badgering the State Department to justify their support of New World Telecom, in October I received this e-mail message from a State Department official:

    ………..
    In the fall of 1996, I warned the Berisha government that if they did not bring an end to the pyramid schemes that “it was not a question of if, but when” they would collapse. At that time I also warned the Albanian government that if they did not take action, and if the pyramids collapse of their own weight, that “large scale civil unrest with ensue.” In retrospect, Berisha’s
    failure to heed my warnings and those of others had devastating results for the Albanian people and the Balkans when Albania exploded into anarchy in 1997. Can Albania afford another economic debacle?

    I suggest that the Albanian government ponder the words of James Hendrix, “castles made of sand, fall into the sea – eventually.”

    http://www.alb-net.com/pipermail/info-tech/1999-November/000265.html

  4. notorious-ex-bridge-watcher-helped-build-kosovo-s-patriotic-highway

    13 Jul 15

    Ex-Bridge Watcher Helped Build Kosovo’s “Patriotic Highway”

    A ringleader of the 2011 violent uprising against the Pristina government worked for public figures close to the ruling Kosovo Albanian party to cash in on construction of the country’s €1bn ‘patriotic highway’.

    Minister Schreiben an den Vorgänger Finanzminister Ridvan Bode: über die Kosten u.a. der Strassen. Aber die EU und USA können ja auch keine Auskunft geben, wo die Gelder im Irak, Kosovo, Afrika verbleiben sind. Von den Banditen haben die Albaner auch diesen Profi Murks gelernt, wie man hohe Geldsummen stiehlt, Ausschreibungen manipuliert.

    Kosovo: EU scandal with Peter Feith and the “Bechtel” corruption Mafia: Road to Ruin

    A new door für the Bechtel & Enka corruption case in balkan

    Die berüchtigte Bestechungsfirma Bechtel – Enka erhält auch den Bau Auftrag des Kosovo, für ein Autobahn Teilstück

    Bechtel und seine Balkan Bestechungs Autobahnen

    Bechtel Manager wegen Bestechung, Geldwäsche, Steuer Betrug in den USA vor Gericht

    Der Horror der Sklaven Firma Bechtel & Enka im Kosovo: Krimet e “Bechtel”-it me punëtorë

    Der Albanische Aussenminister Lulzim Basha und die Anklage im Korruptions Skandal um den Bechtel Bau der Strasse Durres – Kukes

    Strabag, Hochtief, Alpine, RWE und die Korruptions Geschäfte im Balkan mit der KfW

    Bestechungs Skandale der bekannten großen Baufirmen in Albanien: diesmal Alpine

    Vorstand der kriminellen STRABAG Baufirma in Polen festgenommen

    General Staatsanwältin Ina Rama zur Affäre um den Strassenbau Durres – Kukes

  5. Original US Mafia with the firm Bechtel, US Department of State and former US Ambassdor Alexander Dell and the Gangster Frank Wisner: Arena Invest’s co-owner Akan Ismaili was ambassador to Washington from 2012 until early 2015, arguably the most important job in Kosovo foreign diplomacy. The millionaire founded IPKO, Kosovo’s second mobile phone operator.Journalist Berat Buzhala, a member of parliament for Thaci’s PDK until 2014 who has links to Ismaili and Musa, was also briefly named as co-owner of the firm in 2009, before it began operating the quarry

    Ex-Bridge Watcher Helped Build Kosovo’s “Patriotic Highway”

    A ringleader of the 2011 violent uprising against the Pristina government worked for public figures close to the ruling Kosovo Albanian party to cash in on construction of the country’s €1bn ‘patriotic highway’.

    Petrit Collaku, Lawrence Marzouk BIRN Pristina

    Barricade blocks the main bridge in Mitrovica
    Photo by: Fonet

    The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, has uncovered evidence that notorious Serb businessman and nationalist Zvonko Veselinovic transported material for a firm owned by prominent Kosovo Albanians linked to the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK.

    The goods were sold to US construction giant Bechtel and its Turkish partner Enka, the main contractor hired to build Kosovo’s biggest ever infrastructure project, the Pristina-Tirana highway.

    Veselinovic was formerly a member of the now disbanded Serb vigilante group Bridge Watchers, blamed for attacks on Albanians in the divided town of Mitrovica. He admits to playing a major role in the July 2011 unrest.

    During eight fiery months, border posts were burnt down, makeshift barricades of gravel and trucks appeared across northern Kosovo, a Kosovo Police officer was shot dead and dozens of international peacekeepers and protesters were injured.

    But BIRN has discovered that Veselinovic also ferried rocks from the Arena Invest quarry in northern Kosovo until routes were blocked by the barricades he helped create. Arena Invest is owned by three prominent Kosovo Albanians: Pristina’s former ambassador to Washington, the then Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s landlord, and a former Kosovo Liberation Army commander – as well as a Kosovo Serb politician.

    Veselinovic has portrayed himself as a bulwark against the Kosovo Albanian authorities, garnering support from successive governments for what he describes as his defence of Serb interests in the former province, including from the current Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

    Arena Invest’s owners do not deny working with Veselinovic, although they argue that they were not responsible for the actions of a “sub-contractor”.

    Working with ‘the enemy’

    Zvonko Veselinovic protests in north Kosovo
    You Tube

    In January 2012, Thaci, then Kosovo prime minister, warned his countrymen not to “act with the mentality of Zvonko Veselinovic”.

    But just a few months earlier, Arena Invest, a firm owned by his associates, had started doing business with Veselinovic, using his logistical services as they attempted to profit from the huge boom in construction brought about by Thaci’s decision to build the one-billion-euro highway, a symbol of cooperation between ethnic Albanians in Kosovo and Albania.

    Veselinovic rose to international prominence for his role in the 2011 unrest, but he had long been on law-enforcement agencies’ radar and admits to having enriched himself by avoiding paying taxes to Kosovo authorities.

    He was tried and cleared of heroin smuggling in 2003 in Serbia, questioned but never charged for a murder in Gracanica, a suburb of Pristina; and arrested by UN police in Kosovo, but later released, on suspicion of another murder committed in 2004. He denies any wrongdoing.

    In the following years he was able to take advantage of Serbia’s 2005 decision to remove VAT on goods sold in Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, beyond the control of Pristina, which became a de facto duty-free zone.

    The Veselinovic family own two petrol stations and are alleged to have been involved in the smuggling of fuel, cigarettes and alcohol, according to documents seen by BIRN from prosecutors in Mitrovica linked to a current investigation.

    Zarko Veselinovic, Zvonko’s brother, was found guilty of obstructing a Kosovo Police officer as he attempted to stop a tanker of smuggled fuel reaching the family’s petrol station in 2010.

    To date, however, Zvonko’s close cooperation with senior Albanian figures has remained solely the subject of speculation.

    Arena Invest’s co-owner Akan Ismaili was ambassador to Washington from 2012 until early 2015, arguably the most important job in Kosovo foreign diplomacy. The millionaire founded IPKO, Kosovo’s second mobile phone operator.

    Alongside Ismaili is IPKO director Bujar Musa, a friend and landlord to former PM Hashim Thaci.

    The third owner, Fadil Demiri, was a senior figure in the Kosovo Liberation Army, out of which emerged the PDK political party. He also owns an Albanian branch of Arena Invest which, according to reports in the Serbian press, is due to invest 60m euros in the building of dams in Albania alongside Serbian-state owned firm, Hidrotehnika-hidroenergetika.

    The final shareholder, according to official records, is Aleksandar Mihajlovic, who unsuccessfully stood in the Kosovo parliamentary elections last year for the pro-Belgrade party Serbian List. He was formerly a director of public services with the Gracanica municipality, a Serb-enclave on the outskirts of Pristina.

    Journalist Berat Buzhala, a member of parliament for Thaci’s PDK until 2014 who has links to Ismaili and Musa, was also briefly named as co-owner of the firm in 2009, before it began operating the quarry

    Fidan Kalaja of the Pristina-based anti-corruption NGO Fol told BIRN it was ironic that “a so-called Bridge Watcher who barricaded a whole part of the country benefited materially from the nation’s highway construction”.

    Veselinovic ‘in direct contact’ with Arena

    Veselinovic admitted to working with Arena Invest via the firm Euro-kop and its owner Dragan Curcic, which manages a 100-strong fleet of vehicles, to provide construction material for the ‘Patriotic Highway’ during a recent trial at the Organised Crime Court in Belgrade.

    He had been facing charges of aiding and inciting the abuse of office after allegedly receiving 31 stolen trucks in Kosovo from Euro-kop against the will of the owner – Hypo Alpe Adria Leasing Belgrade – leaving the Austrian bank 2.2m euros out of pocket.

    During the trial, he told the court he had received the trucks from Curcic to settle a debt but insisted he had not known they had been unlawfully taken from Hypo.

    While admitting to using the Hypo trucks for building barricades and “alternative routes”, illegal roads built to avoid the EULEX (the EU’s rule-of-law mission in Kosovo) and Kosovo Police crackdown on smuggling, he argued the Hypo trucks were not used to transport material to Bechtel or in other construction jobs.

    In February 2015, Euro-kop’s owner Curcic was found guilty of abuse of office at the same trial and given a two-year sentence while Veselinovic was cleared, although BIRN understands that the prosecution intends to appeal the verdict.

    Arena Invest quarry
    Photo by: BIRN

    Euro-kop is also named in another trial against Veselinovic, in which he also faces charges of aiding and inciting the abuse of office at a court in Pirot, Serbia. It is alleged he and three co-accused provided illegally quarried gravel worth around 500,000 euros, transported by Euro-kop and other firms, to the Austrian construction giant Alpine Bau for the construction of a highway in southern Serbia.

    Veselinovic and the three other defendants deny the charges.

    Veselinovic told the Belgrade court that he was in direct contact with “Aca from the quarry”, referring to Arena Invest owner Aleksandar Mihajlovic, and Euro-kop owner Curcic to organise trucks for the transportation of stones to Bechtel-Enka.

    He told the court: “I’m calling Dragan [Curcic, official owner of Eurokop] saying “how many trucks can you give me?”

    “We started working, so we once had five and once seven trucks. For twentyish days, a month, we were working and then the barricades started and all the troubles.”

    Veselinovic declined to answer questions related to the Arena Invest deal.

    Veselinovic’s powerful backers

    The Veselinovic brothers, Zvonko and Zarko, are routinely mentioned in public as not only being close to the current and previous Serbian governments, but as also being capable of ordering the erection and removal of barricades and inciting unrest in northern Kosovo.However, after the violence of July 2011 in Jarinje, a border crossing between Serbia and northern Kosovo, the international community increased the pressure on the Serbian government to arrest Zvonko. As a result, the Serbian government, then led by the Democratic Party, distanced itself from him.Veselinovic admitted to the Organised Crime Court in Belgrade that the Euro-kop trucks – including those ruled to have been stolen from Hypo – were used to build the barricades and “alternative routes”, illegal roads built in 2011 as EULEX and Kosovo Police attempted to crackdown on smuggling.

    “Those ten Hypo trucks were in bad condition so we used them for barricades,” he told the court.

    In February 2015, Euro-kops owner Dragan Curcic was found guilty of abuse of office in relation to the theft of the Hypo trucks at the same trial and sentenced to a two-year jail term. Veselinovic was cleared of all charges, although the prosecution intends to appeal.

    He also told the court that he had erected the barricades in close cooperation with the previous government, led by the Democratic Party, something the party denies.

    “Everything started when ROSU [Kosovo Special Police] came to [the] north of Kosovo,” he told the court, referring to an attempt by Kosovo Police in July 2011 to take control of the northern border crossings, triggering the unrest.

    “I was with my family in Budva. I got a call from a friend from the ‘city defence’, so I left my wife and kids and came back to [the] north of Kosovo.

    “With our bodies we defend the north of Kosovo,” he told the court. “We came to the conclusion that we had to build barricades, so we sat in Rudare [northern Kosovo] all together and make plans where to build barricades and where to put people.

    “All my trucks, I made them available for the defence of north of Kosovo. And at that time, I was short of trucks for my business.”

    Aleksandar Vucic, then vice president of the governing SNS party and now Serbian prime minister, publicly supported Veselinovic by stating in October 2011 that if he was arrested, Borislav Stefanovic, chief negotiator in the Pristina-Belgrade talks, and Goran Bogdanovic, then minister for Kosovo, should also face the courts.

    According to Vucic, criminalising Veselinovic amounted to criminalising all Serbs from Kosovo.

    Zvonko, 34, and his brother Zarko, 30, are currently under investigation by the EU’s rule-of-law mission in Kosovo EULEX, for crimes allegedly committed during the 2011 uprising.

    A warrant has been issued for their arrest on suspicion of murder, endangering the lives of international peacekeepers and smuggling but the duo continue to move freely between Kosovo and Serbia. They deny the charges.

    Despite the charges against the Veselinovic family, which include court cases in Kosovo and Serbia, their businesses continues to thrive thanks to patronage from Belgrade, including a share of a 75m dollar Serbian construction contract quietly handed out by a state-owned company.

    Patriotism or profit?

    Arena Invest do not dispute having done business with Veselinovic, but claim that they were not responsible for Euro-kop’s “sub-contractors”.

    Mihajlovic told BIRN that Euro-kop were contracted by Arena Invest to transport all the material to Bechtel-Enka’s asphalt base in Prizren, although he said he dealt with the actual owner Curcic, in contradiction to Veselinovic’s statements in court.

    “We had signed a deal with their owner [Curcic] about using their trucks for supplying Bechtel with asphalt for that highway,” he said, adding that the fuel used for the trucks came from Veselinovic.

    Leaked documents from the Bechtel laboratory reveal that Arena Invest’s material was being delivered between, at a minimum, the four month period between April and July 2011.

    A report published by Croatian firm Ramtech, employed by Bechtel-Enka to perform quality control tests on construction material, shows that Arena Invest was due to provide Bechtel with 80,000 tonnes of construction material as the sole supplier of the top layer of asphalt for half of the 77km highway……………………….

    http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/notorious-ex-bridge-watcher-helped-build-kosovo-s-patriotic-highway

    Russia: Five Years Since Anna Politkovskaya’s Murder

    Exactly five years after Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in her apartment building, a convicted criminal has been indicted as her slayer.
    According to prosecutors, the man is Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, a native of Chechnya currently serving a term in jail for an unrelated murder case.
    According to the Guardian, the court will also announce new charges against the suspected hitman, Rustam Makhmudov, and several others involved in the killing as well.

    Analysts have often noted that Politkovskaya was assassinated on then-president Vladimir Putin’s birthday. While human rights groups welcome the announcement that someone will be held responsible for the journalist’s death, revelers across Russia have been been celebrating their next president’s birthday.

    Since Putin became president in 2000, 19 journalists have been slain in Russia, and until today, no one has been legally punished for any of the crimes. Since 1992, a total of 76 journalists have been killed in Russia, according to the country’s Committee to Protect Journalists.

    Maybe they should arrest the people who ordered the murders on Politkovskaya’s birthday. But in likelihood they will never be brought to justice.

     

    Instability Continues in Kosovo

    Kosovo has made its share of global headlines this week. The trial of seven accused of organ trafficking began Tuesday in the capital city of Pristina. A protected witness from Belarus testified Wednesday about his journey to Kosovo to surgically remove his kidney, and said he was not paid the amount he was promised, €15,000.

    Meanwhile, violence along the country’s border with Serbia and the northern city of Mitrovica has been linked to organized crime operatives. Serbian daily newspapers Blic and Press have been linking the unrest to Zvonko Veselinovic, who Press refers to as a “a dubious Serb businessman from Kosovska Mitrovica whose name has been mentioned by media as the organizer of the recent conflict with KFOR [the UN peacekeeping troops] at the Jarinje border crossing.” Press writes that he is “purportedly the leader of the largest criminal group in northern Kosovo.”

    According to Serbian news outlet B92, “Some of the media in Belgrade have stated that Veselinović is the most important figure in northern Kosovo when it comes to petrol and cigarettes smuggling.” ……………………

    https://www.occrp.org/en/blog/1169-occrp-weekly-news-round-up

    https://www.occrp.org/…/1516-kosovo-eulex-raid-rankles-authorities
    May 22, 2012 At 5:00 am local time two EULEX helicopters and several armored SUVs conducted a raid on the family home of Zvonko Veselinovic in the Serb …
    Oct 7, 2011 Serbian daily newspapers Blic and Press have been linking the unrest to Zvonko Veselinovic, who Press refers to as a “a dubious Serb …

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