Vom Kellner, Bordell Türsteher, Lügner und Betrüger: zum Millionär: Lulzim Basha

Der ehemalige Kellner am Flughafen Rhinas, tauchte pünktlich im Kosovo Krieg auf, um für die UNMIK zuarbeiten, als Rechts Experte, obwohl er keinerlei Erfahrung vorweisen konnte, die üblichen Lebensläufe inklusive seinem angeblichen Studium mit Abschluß für „Internationalem Recht“ gefälscht waren, denn er arbeitete als Türsteher in einem Bordell in Utrecht.

Ein typisches UNMIK, EU, Deutsches, US Produkt, wo man mit Hilfe der korrupten UNMIK Leitung u.a. 2 Deutschen Joachim Rückers, Graf Lambsdorf, nur Korruptions, Betrug und PR Show Theater der Inkompetenz lernte.

Geschützt durch die Berisha Verbrecher Kartelle der KAS, des EVP in Brüssel, wurde ein Betrugs Verfahren rund um den Bechtel Betrug niedergeschlagen, durch die Richterin am Obersten Gericht: Fatmir Hajdari, (nicht einmal Grundschule von 4 Jahren, Kompensierungs Blutrache Geschäft, weil Salih Berisha ihren Mann Azem Hajdari ermorden liess) CDU Gestalten der Inkompetenz:

Doris Pack, die politischen Stiftungen in Tirana, die Toden Gräber der Albanischen Gesellschaft.

Bujar Nishani - Doris Pack Orden
Bujar Nishani – Doris Pack Orden
Genc Pollo, Doris Pack bei sinnlosen Meetings, für Reise Spesen

Billiger Schmieren Theater Darsteller, wäre der angemessene Beruf, denn wenn gerade diese Gestalt mit den dümmsten Lügen den Mund aufmachte, feierte die Dreistigkeit neue Rekorde.

Sein Vermögen erklärt er bis heute aus dieser Zeit, ebenso seine Verwandten wie Erion Isufi, Schwiegervater Xhaferie, Direktor bei der grössten Betrugs Firma VEFA, und mit Erion Isufi, direkte Verbindungen zu bekannten Deutschen Firman, ebenso in Kredit Betrügerien auch in Deutschland rund um den Verbrecher Clans Osmani-Hamburg und der Volksbank Lauenburg verbunden.
Wichtigster Mann, mit anderen Profi Verbrechern des „Sigurime“ für die Deutsche KAS, welche von der Albaner OK vollkommen kontrolliert ist.

Eine heutige Titel Story und genau solche Leute suchen für dne Betrug und die Bestechung: KfW, die KAS und Co.Lulzim Basha gilt als Profi Betrüger, wurde als Lügner betitelt u.a. vom Ex-US Botschafter John Withers. In jedem REchtsstaat, würde er im Gefängniss sitzen.

NGA VJEN PASURIA E BASHËS…?

Bedri Islami

Postuar më: 20 Tetor, 2015 tek Aktualitet

20 Feb 2014, Tirane, Albania --- Albania's main opposition Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha led protests Thursday against the newly elected government of Edi Rama, PM of the Socialist Party in Albania. Feb. 20, 2014. PHOTO BY JODI HILTON/NURPHOTO --- Image by © Jodi Hilton/NurPhoto/NurPhoto/Corbis

Shefi i opozitës shqiptare , 41 vjeçari Lulzim Basha, krejt hapur, deklaroi në një emision televiz se pasuria e tij është mbi 1 milion euro dhe se, kjo pasuri është vënë para se ai të futet në politikë dhe të jetë pjesë e saj. Që Lulzim Bsha ka mbi 1 milion euro , për të mos shkuar më tej, këtë e di edhe bufi. Se si i ka vënë 1 milionët e parë të eurove, këtë nuk e di askush, ose më saktë, mendohet se nuk di askush. Në intervistën e tij, Basha, nën dithirambin e vetvetes, nuk bëri asnjë arsyetim se si është bërë djali 31 vjeçar, kaq ishte asaj kohe kur u bë pjesë e politikës, në janar të vitit 2005, milioner, kur në të gjithë jetën e tij ai kishte vetëm 5 vite punë të rregullt, pa llogaritur këtu atë që mund të ketë fituar kur ka qenë përkohësisht kamarier në Rinas, një punë që unë e respektoj shumë më tepër se ato që shefi i Shqup-it ka bërë më pas.

Por le t’i marrim gjërat gjakftohtësisht.

Lulëzim Basha deri në fundin e vitit 1999 ishte në Hollandë , ku vazhdonte studimet në njërin nga universitetet e njohura të tj, ashtu si ka ndodhur edhe me shumë të tjerë. Përralla e tij e afishuar në jetënshkrimin privat se, kur ishte student ka punuar si këshilltar juridik në firmat private hollandeze, është kaq e pa bukë dhe njëkohësisht kaq e thurrur keq sa që nuk mund të bënte përmes këtyre “këshillave” as një dhjetëshe nga milioni i parë që ka deklaruar. Jo pak studentë e zënë kohën e tyre në një punë dytësore, por , gjithnjë sipas kushteve, ligjeve dhe mundësoive, përmes shpërblimit që marrin mund të mbulojnë vetëm një pjesë të vogël të mbijetesës së tyre. Vetëm nëse kanë pasur ndonjë shtytje nga ndonjë kompani piramidale në Shqipëri, si Vefa Hollding, me të cilën ishin të lidhur familjarisht çifti Basha, atëherë mund të arsyetohet se “këshilla” juridike e tij, ka qenë e vyer.

Jetën e vërtete profesionale Basha, si shumë të tjerë që më pas u lidhën me PD-në përmes rekomandimit të zonjës Berisha-Malltezi, e filloi në Kosovë dhe pikërisht në zyrat jurdike dhe hetimore të UNMIK-ut, ku nuk ishe vetëm një përkthyes i zakonshëm, por shumë më tepër se kaq. I distancuar nga shqiptarët e Kosovës, më tepër një  djalë trendi se sa një njerii shoqërueshëm, Basha, mrekullisht e gjeti veten në strukturat hetuese të UNMIK-ut dhe u bë një pjesë e rëndësoshme e tyre, që nga hetimet ndaj luftëtarëve të Ushtrisë Çlirimtare të Kosovës, e deri tek historia mafioze e Shtëpisë së Verdhë, një sajesë e gjetur e shërbimit të fshehtë serb.

Në Kosovë Basha qëndroi diçka më shumë se katër vite. Filloi të punojë në fundin e vitit 1999 dhe u bë pjesë e politikës shqiptare në janar 2005, dhe, si nuk kishte ndodhur kurrë më parë, në maj të këtij viti,2005, u bë anëtar i Kryesisë së partisë Demokratike, zëdhënës i fushatës së zgjedhjeve parlamentare të vitit 2005.

Në katër vite pasuria e Bashës u bë pak më shumë se një milion euro. Kjo është pasuria e deklaruar e tij, por le ta marrim të mirëqenë.

Në secilin vit, sipas një llogarie të thjeshtë, Basha ka përfituar dhe ka kursyer njëkohësisht, duke e marrë të mirëqenë deklaratën e tij, 250 mijë euro, ose një pagë mujore prej 20 mijë e 500 euro, me kusht që të mos ketë ngrënë, të mos ketë udhëtuar nga Prishtina drejt Hollandës, të mos ketë paguar qira, të mos ketë pirë asnjë gotë ujë, të mos ketë vizituar prindërit në Tiranë, të mos jetë takiuar me asnjëri, bile as me mikun e tij, Damir Fazlliq.

Sipas kësaj llogarie, edhe të tjerët, kolegë të tij partiakë të sotëm, që kanë punuar në të njëjtën organizatë dhe jo rrallë edhe në sektorë të njëjtë, duhej të kishin qenë në katër vite milionerë, ndoshta më të pasur se sa zoti Basha, pasi nuk kanë hequr shpenzimet e udhëtimeve të shpeshta nga Prishtina drejt Hollandës, kur për më tepër nuk kishte as linjë direkte në ato vite.

Në asnjë rast, shuma e përfituar nga njerëzit që kanë punuar në strukturat e UNMIk-ut në Prishtinë, pra, duke përfshirë rrogat e zakonshme dhe shërbimet, si dietat etj, edhe nga funksionarë shumë më të rëndësishëm se sa Basha apo të tjerët rreth tij, nuk ka kaluar 8 mijë eurot mujore. Në deklaratat e të ardhurave, që bëhen zakonisht për të gjithë punonjësit e ardhur nga vendet evropiane, e që kanë punuar në Kosovë, nuk ka lindur një milioner i ri, si ka ndodhur me Bashën. Ata, sa më shumë që kanë përfituar, e kanë përfituar më shumë se sa Basha, sepse në shumë raste ishin shefat e tij, aq më shumë janë taksuar, por, edhe sikur të mos ishin taksuar, nuk do të ishin milionerë.

Basha ka një rrugë për të hequr dyshimet rreth pasurimit të tij. Ai duhet të ketë të gjitha shpërblimet që ka marrë në vite, sepse nuk ka punuar në të zezë, ai duhet t’i ketë të gjitha kontratat e punës që ka bërë, në të cilat përcaktohen qartë shpërblimet e detyrimet e dyanëshme, duhet të ketë kalimet bankare nga zyrat financiare të UNMIK-ut drejt llogarisë së tij private, dhe, asnjëra prej tyre nuk është më sekret, sidomos kur deklaron se para se të futej në politikë ka qenë milioner, e për më tepër, kur në vazhdën e kësaj deklarate, thotë se politika e paska varfëruar.

Basha duhet ta bëjë këtë për dy arsye themelore:

Së pari, ai është shefi de jure i një partie politike në Shqipëri, e cila i prin opozitës së sotme dhe që aspiron që një ditë të jetë në qeverisjen e vendit. Askush nuk do që të ketë, edhe një herë, një shef qeverie, e shkuara e të cilit, qoftë ajo politike, qoftë ajo financiare, të jetë e mbuluar me mister.Të deklarosh se, pa u bërë ende 31 vjeçar, ke qenë milioner, duke qenë thjeshtë një nënpunës, fillimisht i strukturave hetuese e më pas i strukturave të tjera, është , pak të thuash se pasuria është vënë ndershmërisht, kur ende nuk ke asnjë mbështetje tjetër, veçse një deklarimi bajat, si ndodh zakonisht në Shqipëri. Për më tepër, nëse në këtë kohë ka qenë ende shtetas shqiptar, ë cilën mënyrë ka shlyer detyrimet ndaj shtetit të tij; dhe, nëse ka qenë shtetas hollandez, kjo bëhet edfhe më e lehtë: më e lehtë pasi, sin  ndodh rëndom, secili shtetas i këtij vendi, në fund të çdo viti, bën deklarimin e të ardhurave dhe të detyrimeve financiare. Një njeri që aspiron për shef qeverie  duhettë jetë i pastër, të paktën financiarisht, çka është e dukshme, sepse për pjesën politike, do të duhen shumë vite të jetë mirëfilli e qartë gjithçka.

Arsyeja e dytë është edhe më e domosdoshme: prej shumë kohësh Basha është akuzuar nga figura të njohura të strukturave të larta drejtuese të UÇK-së se në punën e tij , ai, jo vetëm që ka hetuar e ndryshuar deklarimet e përsonaliteteve të luftës, disa nga të cilët janë dëniuar në Kosovë; por, çka është më e rëndë, se, përmes tij ose njerëzve të lidhur me të, kanë dalur nga fshehtësia dosje që janë të lidhura me hetimin e Millosheviit në luftën e Kosovës.

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Kur ndiqja gjyqin e filluar në Gjykatën Ndërkombëtare të Hagës kundër Milloshviqit, më bënte përshtypje njohuria e tij e thellë, nganjëherë deri në pabsueshmëri, e përsonave që dëshmonin ndaj tij, dhe, duke qenë i njohur me rrethana që ishin biseduar në mënyrë private, në momentet e pushimeve, ai kishte një përparsi të pazakontë. I kam pyetur dëshmitarët shqiptarë përse ndodhte kjo, si ishte e mundur që jo pak herë ata ishin gjendur ngushtë , e nga ana tjetër, nga vinte kjo njohuri e gjërë e njeriut të krimit.

Kjo enigmë është e lidhur, gjithnjë sipas përcaktimeve që janë bërë nga figurat e thëna më lart, me një nxjerrje jashtë skemës hetuese të dosjeve; pra janë dhënë edhe elementë që nuk ishin edhe aq të domosdoshme, por që krijonin bllokimin e dëshmitarëve, sidomos kur ata ishin njerëz të zakonshëm. Ndërlidhja e mëtejshme e emrit të Bashës me Damir Fazlliq, serbo – boshnjakun e një mijë e një punëve të errta, për më tepër nipin e shefit të shërbimit sekret serb në kohën e masakrave në luftën e Kosovës, miqësia e ngushtë mes tyre, punët e përbashkta, kthimi i Fazlliqit në një mentor të Bashës, sakrifikimi i Olldashit në zgjedhjet bashkiake, shpërfytyrimi i Bashës nga një politikan modern, si mendohej të ishte, në një sozie e shefit të tij të çartur mendsh, hija gjithnjë e më e madhe e Fazlliqit mbi ecjen e tij, të gjitha këto, sëbashku e veç e veç, kanë bërë që enigmat e misteret të shtohen, të cilat bëhen edhe më të ndjeshme kur vetë ai, në një emision televiziv deklaron se në kohën e Kosovës është bërë milioner.

Me çfarë është bërë?

Nuk do të doja kurrë që një njeri i politikës në Shqipëri të jetë bërë i pasur duke shpërfytyruar vendin e tij. As edhe për Bashën nuk e dua këtë, megjithëse vazhdoj të mendoj se është vazhdimi i së keqes nën petkun e njeriut që qesh.

A duhet të sqarojë milionin e parë të eurove të tij në katër vite punë?

Sigurisht , që po. Nëse do të ketë heshtje, do të ketë edhe më tej enigmën e pazgjidhur se nga u pasurua ai, dhe, çfarë është më e keqja, a kanë rrjedhur paratë e klanit të Millosheviqit edhe në xhepat e errtë të tij?

Nuk e dua Bashën. Nuk e dua as si njeri dhe as si politikan.Edhe por të kisha kërkuar një pikë kontakti që mund të zbehte mos dashjen time, do të mjaftonin të vrarët e 21 janarit për të mos më lënë hijen e dyshimit të keqdashjes së tij dhe dalldisë pushtetore, pas së cilës mund të bëjë gjithçka.

Por një njeri që synon drejt postit më të lartë qeveritar duhet të jetë pa enigma rreth vetes, sidomos pa enigma të tilla, duke besuar se edhe ato që bart pas vetes, janë të shumta dhe të mjaftueshme për të mos qenë edhe aty ku është.

http://www.gazetadita.al/nga-vjen-pasuria-e-bashes/

Heute will der EU Rechenschaftshof, einen Bericht, wo die 3,5 Milliarden € verbleiben sind, wobe Lulzim Basha, an vordester Front für die korrupte UNMIK im Kosovo arbeitete.

400 Millionen € wurden lt. OLAF Betrugs EU Kommission und der UN Untersuchungen im Kosovo gestohlen.

EU-Geheimbericht prangert Korruption im Kosovo an
Von Christoph B. Schiltz 18. Dezember 2008, 01:52 Uhr
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Doch zwei unabhängige Berichte von EU und Vereinten Nationen (UN) warnen: Korruption und Betrug sind im Kosovo an der Tagesordnung, ein erheblicher Teil der Gelder floss in dunkle Kanäle.
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Eine gemeinsame Untersuchungsgruppe (ITF) aus der EU-Antibetrugsbehörde Olaf, den Vereinten Nationen und der italienischen Finanzpolizei hat in der Vergangenheit 50 Stichproben gemacht: „Davon gab es in 12 Fällen Hinweise auf kriminelle Machenschaften“, heißt es in dem Geheimbericht der Gruppe, der der WELT vorliegt. In weiteren 27 Fällen wurden „Unregelmäßigkeiten“ und „die Verletzung von UN-Regeln“ festgestellt. Vor allem bei der Verwendung von EU-Geldern im Energiebereich – immerhin mehr als 400 Millionen Euro seit 1999 – wurde offensichtlich betrogen.
http://www.welt.de/welt_print/article2895575/EU-Geheimbericht-prangert-Korruption-im-Kosovo-an.htmll

Vollkommen korrupte Missionen, Hunderte von Konferenzen, für Idioten, welche vollkommen inkomptend sind, aber ebenso vollkommen korrupt.

Europäischer Rechnungshof: Ausbildung der afghanischen Polizei durch EUPOL zu teuer und ineffizient

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„Ein Drittel der Kosten für die Sicherheit und der Rest für die Leute der EU – solche Missionen gehören dichtgemacht.“

5 Gedanken zu „Vom Kellner, Bordell Türsteher, Lügner und Betrüger: zum Millionär: Lulzim Basha“

  1. Ein Rekord Krimineller wurde verhaftet, der vor 3 Tagen einen LKW Fahrer überfiel, viel Geld raubte.

    Nun stellt sich heraus, das Kresnik Berisha, ein mehrfach verurteilter Mörder, Bank Überfälle usw.. ist, der bis zu 17 Jahren Haft erhielt, trotz der letzten Verurteilungs aus 2012, immer noch frei herumläuft, weil korrupte Richter ihn freilassen, die Urteile nachträglich für Geld natürlich ändern.

    Das verurteilte Kriminelle sich bei käuflichen Richtern Freigang erkaufen, Strafmilderung, oder bei Staatsanwälten die Schliessung der Akten ist allgemein bekannt.


    Aktualitet
    20 Tetor 2015 – 22:44 | përditesuar në 22:49
    Skandal/ Gjykatat rekord uljesh dënimi për Berishën e „Niklës“
    Të tjera rreth shkrimit
    Arrestohet Berisha i „Bandës së Niklës“, iu rikthye grabitjeve
    TIRANË – Autori i grabitjes së kambisit në Fier Krehnik Berisha, ka përfituar një numër rekord uljesh dënimi nga gjykatat e vendit. Anëtari i bandës së Niklës nga i dënuar me 17 vjet burg në 2014 përfundim në liri me kusht. Të mërkurën Gjykata e Fierin do të caktojë masën e sigurisë për veprën më të fundit penale.
    Kresnik Berisha


    Autori i grabitjes me armë të kambistit dy ditë më parë në Fier, duhet të ishte në burg sipas dënimit të Gjykatës së Krimeve të Rënda. Por skandalet e drejtësisë shqiptare nuk njohin kufij dhe këtë herë është vendimi 162, datë 4 dhjetor 2014 që i ka dhënë lirinë Kreshnik Berishës ish-anëtarit të bandës famëkeqe të Niklës.

    Gjyqtarja Nazmije Pengili nga Gjykata e Krujës ka vendosur t’i japë lirinë Berishës, por këtë herë lirinë ai e ka shfrytëzuar për tu rikthyer në aktivitetin kriminal të grabitjeve me armë.

    Kreshnik Berisha, i njohur si person me të shkuar kriminale i dënuar me 17 vite burg në vitin 2008, dënim i konfirmuar edhe nga Apeli i Krimeve të Rënda, një vit më vonë për një seri grabitjesh me armë në kuadër të grupit të strukturuar kriminal dhe anëtar i bandës së Niklës.

    Grabitësi i prangosur dy ditë më parë nga Policia e Fierit veç lirisë së fituar me kusht ka përfituar nga bujaria e gjyqtarëve dhe 1.5 vite ulje dënimi.

    Por skandali thellohet kur kërkesat e tij për liri me kusht ishin refuzuar më parë nga Gjykata e Tiranës. Për të rifituar këtë liri, Berisha, dredhoi duke u transferuar në burgun e Fushë- Krujës, nga ku kërkoi në Gjykatën e këtij rrethi lirimin e tij me kusht.

    Një vit pas dënimit të dhënë nga Gjykata e Apelit ndaj Berishës, si pjesë e grupit kriminal i drejtuar prej tij dhe Flamur Hakës, në shkurt 2010 Kreshnik Berisha përfitoi uljen e parë të dënimit me 90 ditë nga gjyqtari Martin Deda.

    Një vit më vonë në mars 2011 i njëjti gjyqtar i uli atij po 90 ditë. Po kaq i ditë Berisha i përfitoi edhe nga gjyqtari Kreshnik Omari në vitin 2012.

    Uljen e radhës, Berisha, e përfitoi nga gjyqtari Petrit Çomo me 18 prill të vitit 2013. Ndërkaq në vitin 2014, Berisha, përfitoi uljen e fundit 90 ditëshe të dënimit nga gjyqtari Bujar Krasniqi.

    http://shqiptarja.com/foto/cache/cache-210-166-strict-197136_2.jpg

  2. Ex-Botschafter John Withers besucht Vlore, wobei es der Verdienst von John Withers ist, das er Lulzim Basha einen Lügner nannte, ein Betrüger ist er sowieso. Withers beendete die kriminellen Praktiken der US-Albanischen Handelskammer, in seine Zeit fällt die Gerdec Kathastrophe krimineller CIA und Pentagon Verbrecher Banden.

    Ebenso die Aktivitäten des Super Verbrechers in Familien Tradition Frank Wisner wurden beendet, durch gefälschte Bank Garantien, übelsten Privatisierungs Skandale und die Bechtel Betrugs Baufirma war aktiv in seiner Zeit. die wikileaks depeschen sind eine Legende. Statt Vertuschung, gefälschte Berichte wie die EU Commission, korrupte und Mafiöse Politik Institutionen der Deutschen, wurde Klar Text gesprochen.

    für die korrupten Internationalen wird eine Gesundheits Konferenz veranstaltet, wobei die Pharma Mafia das Alles finanziert.

  3. einen gut dokumentierten Gangster hat die CDU und KAS zum Partner

    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. Kokalari
      H.E. Sokol Olldashi
      Minister of Telecommunications and Transportation Republic of Albania
      Tirana, Albania
      Zoti 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.
      Sincerely,
      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.
      Sincerely,
      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?
      Sincerely,
      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.
      2. In 1998, in cooperation with the citizen Arben hakik Tollja, resident in Fermë Xhafzotaj (he is nicknamed Zjarrmi, currently arrested for many rapes of female students in Tirana) have killed the daughter of the brother of the citizen Zyrafet Murati (from Kukës) and the citizen Silvana Murati from Shijak, has been seriously injured (she is currently working as a cleaning personnel and prostitute for the VIP guests at the Gjoka Supermarket), has been arrested in 1998 but then released after 11 months of imprisonment for lack of proof.
      3. In 1999, D. Gjoka, in cooperation with his clan has shot in the village Sallmone a vehicle, property of Ilir Xhaka, and as a result the citizen Veli Rexha was killed and his brother seriously injured. Both of them are residents of Katundi I ri and brothers of Qamil Rexha. This is still uncovered despite the abundance of proof.
      4. His newphews Beonard and Mandrin Hyqmet Gjoka are the main drug dealers in the city of Shijak, Ferme Sukth, Durres and Tirana and have also several girls working for them in Italy. In the same time, they are engaged with drugs transportation from Albania to Italy. Mandrini has been arrested in 2003 as the main suspect for the armed robbery in the Xhafzotaj village that resulted in the death of the citizen Jaho Smoqi. He has stayed in prison for about one month and now the Court of Grave Crimes is investigating him while free. Fatbardh Xhakaj was arrested for this case as well, has stayed in prison for two weeks because Fatos Balla, the guilty person for the crime, currently under custody, mentioned his name. Beonard is sentenced in Italy, in the city of San Benedeto for drug trafficking and women trafficking, currently, with profits from drugs sale, he is constructing a three store villa in the Sallmone village. He was a member of the commission at the Voting Center no. 1406 in Sallmone for Mr. Olldashi. Both brothers currently move around carrying guns in their cars, which are in turn stolen and of the latest years, they distribute drugs in Durres and Shijak and transport drugs to Italy through other soldiers. Mandrini often goes to Italy to collect the money, since Mr. Olldashi has provided him with a German Schengen Visa. Also, they are highlighted by the State Police as a dangerous criminal contingent with strong criminal tendencies like Murdedr, Drugs and Prostitution Trafficking.
      5. 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.
      6. The Gjoka Supermarket is the main center for the trafficking of drugs that comes from Turkey and Macedonia and the supply base for many criminal groups in Durres and Tirana and also the location where the cars that will be traveling to Italy and carrying drugs are supplied. Dashi currently owns an armored vehicle which has the licence plate: DR 51 90 C. It must be noted that Dash Gjoka is the main source of supply for all the drugs suppliers in Albania because it is a well known fact that a close friend and financial supporter of I.M, S. Olldashi. The latter meets with Gjoka almost every week. Oftentimes, the Democratic Party MPs Bamir Topi, Ridvan Bode, S. Olldashi etc come to dine or to supply in this supermarket, since they are close friends with Dashi.
      7. The main and most loyal soldier of his is his driver, the citizen Artan Rami Bode, resident in Xhafzotaj, the newphew of the MP Ridvan Bode. He is also engaged in settling jobs for Dashi as far as the drug and women traffic goes, being a key figure. Artan, together with his Dashi’s older brother, Nazmi (called Nexhi) make the rules by smuggling merchandise from the Durres Port, both have been members of the Voting Center commission no.1402 for Mr. Olldashi.
      8. Other friendly relationships of Gjoka are Hekuran Hoxha (Roni) and Fundim Dedja, both sentenced in Italy and other countries, for drug trafficking aimed at the Italian territory. Currently Gjoka is the head of the area Xhafzotaj Commune-Shikaj and even more, where all drug traffickers are supplied only by him. Strong evidence suggests that he has an arsenal of sophisticated weapons in his residence and a high security vault containing millions of Euros in Cash. It must be noted that Gjoka’s drugs goes through the port of Durres and Vlora and almost each cargo that is stopped in Italy is Gjoka’s and all the arrested men are his as well.
      1. The Brothers Gezim and Besnik Sijoni, residents in the village of Xhafzotaj have a criminal record as follows:
      1. In the year 1994 G. Sijoni has attempted to murder the citizen Pellumb Hoxhaj, but he only accomplished wounding him in the leg. He is not convicted and even today this issue is never brought up in the Pellumbi family and relatives.
      2. In the year 1997, G. Sijoni, together with his brother Besnik have attempted to murder their former son in law (Arben Vora’s younger brother since he had left their sister after getting engaged with her) in the middle of the city of Shijak. The case was opened, the two men have been identified and declared as wanted by the police but they were never convicted. The Durresi General Attorney closed the case.
      3. In the year 1997, the two Sijoni brothers have taken through guns and force “Filanton” and have earned big amounts of money for guarding it; they still guard it today. For this purpose, Gezim has requested permission for a private police through his friend S. Olldashi.
      4. Both the Sijoni brothers are engaged in dugs trafficking to Italy and have also three girls that work as prostitutes for them in Italy (one of them from Burrel). They are also the main drugs suppliers for Tirana where they have many close relations. Both brothers have been convicted in Italy for drugs trafficking but Italy’s orders are not followed because they are Olldashi’s closest friends and the main supporters for his campaign. They are also highlighted by the State Police as a contingent with strong criminal tendencies like Murder, Drugs and Prostitution Trafficking.
      5. Currently, together with the Tusha brothers, they are laundering money through construction projects in the area of Shkembi I Kavajes and in Durres.
      1. Tusha Brothers, resident in the village of Xhafzotaj have a criminal record as follows:
      1. Their bar “Diagonal” at the K.Rruget is the base for the sheltering of many criminals from different cities in Albania and also a base for the processing of drugs.
      2. In the year 2001, in the residence of Naim Shera, the brother in law of the Tusha brothers, 20 kg of drugs (which was property of the Tusha brothers), at the time Naim was the driver of Klement Zguri, head of the Central Elections Committee. Because of this issue, Naim Shera has been wanted and then sentenced with 5 years of imprisonment. He surrendered at the police two days before the elections with a promise from Olldashi that after his victory, he will get him out and close all issues, a promise that Olldashi has kept.
      3. Both brothers are the main drugs traffickers from Shijak to Italy where together with the Sijoni Brothers, are the closest link of MP Fatmir Mediu. Also, the Tusha brothers, through the latter have a permission to carry weapons as members of the National Guard. They are the main drugs suppliers in Tirana and are currently moving around with 05-06 vehicles, Mercedes, stolen in Italy, carrying foreign licensee plates, German, one of which is 4444.
      4. Currently they are laundering the money from the drugs by constructing in the beach of Durres. They have been highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies for drugs and prostitution trafficking. They are the closest friends of Olldashi, and there is information confirming that they have bought the latter a house in Tirana that cost 100.000 Euros. Furthermore, the Durresi Police guards the bars at the beach in Durres, where Olldashi and the Tusha brothers dine and stay up till the first morning hours, in a drunken state.
      5. One of the main bases for hiding drugs that the Tusha brothers use is the residence of the citizen Altin Bajram Hajri in Pjeza (a friend of theirs). Altin’s brother is currently under arrest in Italy because of the Tusha drugs.
      1. Other individuals and their criminal records:
      1. Sazan Shyqyri Bukmishi and his brothers Fred and Eduard, residing in Katund Sukth, nephews of the Jashars, owners of NTV, are currently under arrest by the Interpol in Rome as members of the Kanun criminal band. It must be noted that one night before their arrest they were dining together with Mr. Olldashi in a bar on the bank of the Erzen river in Katund Sukth. They have been the main supporters and the charis of the Voting Centers for Mr. Olldashi in the July 2005 elections in Katund Sukth and more specifically in the VC no. 1514 Fred and in the VC no.1522 Eduard. They are highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      2. Azem Vezi, resident of Katund Sukth, arrested several times for various criminal acts like carrying guns without permission, burglary, armed robbery and also for women exploitation with intent of prostitution. He has been one of the main supporters of Mr. Olldashi in the July 2005 elections in the Sallmone village. It is highlighted on State Police records as having strong criminal tendencies.
      3. Luan Bodlli, residing in K.Rruget, is one of the women and drugs traffickers in Italy, carrying guns without permit and is the driver of the Head of the Xhafzotaj Commune, Agim Hoxha (Agim Hoxha is the uncle of Dash Gjoka) and also one of the main drug distributors in Durres. He is one of the most loyal men of Dash Gjoka. Has been one of the main supporters of Olldashi during the July 2005 elections in the Sallmone village. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      4. Altin Balla, residing in Rreth, arrested and sentenced for robbery in Shijak, women and drugs trafficker, owns a bar in front of the RST in Reth, where he keeps women that are exploited for prostitution. He is one of the main suspects for the event involving J. Smoqi. Has been one of the main supporters of Mr. Olldashi during the July 2005 elections in the Sallmone village. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      5. Flamur Halit Cara, residing in Sallmone, was arrested in italy for women trafficking, he is a drug dealer in Shijak and Durres, his father, Halit is the head of the DP in Sallmone. Has been one of the main supporters of Mr. Olldashi during the July 2005 elections in the Sallmone village and also a member of the Commission at the Voting Station no. 1407. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      6. Lavderim Bulica, residing in the Vllazerim village; we have stopped him a number of times as the main suspect of some burglaries of houses and bars in this village; he is a member of the Council of the Xhafzotaj Commune and friend of the Head of the Xhafzotaj Commune. Has been one of the main supporters of Mr. Olldashi during the July 2005 elections in the village of Vllazerim. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      7. Sinan Trimi, residing at K. Rruget , police contingent as a placing fines upon people , arrested in 2004 for carrying guns without permit and as a suspect of the J. Smoqi event. Has been one of the main supporters of Mr. Olldashi during the July 2005 elections in the villages of Xhafzotaj and Rreth. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      8. Dashamir Keci and his clan residing in Shijak, police contingent for theft, burglary, no permit guns, drug traffick, arrested several times and in 2004 with S. Trimi for carrying guns without permit and as a suspect for the event of J. Smoqi. Has been one of the main supporters of Mr. Olldashi in the July 2005 elections in Shijak, where some of the have been members of the Voting Centers in Shijak for Mr. Olldashi. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      9. Clirim Avni Gjuta, residing in Pjese, arrested several times for burglary and car theft, no permit guns, is engaged in drugs trafficking and is a connection for the Kecs from Shijak. Has been one of the main supporters for Mr. Olldashi in the July 2005 elections in the Pjeza village and the Rreth village. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      10. Ilir Domi, residing in the Reth village in the Xhafzotaj Commune, author of three murders in 1997, one was a oil station guard in Ferme Sukth and the two others were commited in the Rreth village. For some time he was wanted by the police but after he payed a sum of money in the Durres General Attorney Office, both cases were closed. Has been and is engaged with drugs and women trafficking directed in Italy from the profits of which he has built of complex of greenhouses in the Rreth village. Has been one of the main supporters of Mr. Olldashi in the July 2005 elections in the villages of Pjeze and Rreth. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      11. Ardian Riza Mema, residing in the Xhafzotaj village, drugs trafficker in Italy, is wanted by the Italian police, one of the main supporters of Mr. Olldashi in the July 2005 elections. Has been vice chair of the Commision of the Voting Center no. 1395 for the DP. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      12. Lorenc Fiqiri Gjoka, cousin of D. Gjoka, residing in the village of Xhafzotaj, drugs and prostitution trafficker in Italy is wanted by the Italian police, one of the main supporters of Mr. Olldashi in the July 2005 elections. Was the Chair of the Commision of the Voting Center no. 1400 for the DP. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      13. Ylli Sure Sheshi, residing in the Xhafzotaj village, drugs and prostitution trafficker in Italy, wanted by the Italian police, one of the main supporters of Mr. Olldashi in the July 2005 elections. Was a member of the Commision of the Voting Center no. 1400 for the DP. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      14. Alfred Pashk Tola, residing in the Xhafzotaj village, drugs and prostitution trafficker in Italy, is wanted by the Italian police and has been sentenced with 23 years of imprisonment there, one of the main supporters of Mr. Olldashi in the July 2005 elections, has changed his name to escape justice. Was Vice Chair of the Commision of the Voting Center no. 1401 for the DP. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      15. Adrian Flamur Deda, residing in the village of Xhafzotaj, and prostitution trafficker in Italy, is wanted by the Italian police and has been sentenced with 15 years of imprisonment there, one of the main supporters of Mr. Olldashi in the July 2005 elections, has changed his name to escape justice. Was a member of the Commision of the Voting Center no. 1403 for the DP. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      16. Nazmi Binak Bllaka, resident in the Fllake village, Katund i Ri Commune, arrested several times for theft. Was one of the main supporters of Mr. Olldashi during the July 2005 elections in the Fllake village and was a member of the commission of the Voting Center no. 1516 for the DP. He is highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.
      17. Abedin Sahit Rexhaj, residing in Katund i Ri, together with his brother Qamil, they are currently under arrest for the murder of the Head of the DP in Has, Behar Kastrati. Have been main supporters of Mr. Olldashi in the July 2005 elections in the Katund i Ri village and Abedin was a member of the commission in the Voting Center no. 1526 for the DP. They are highlighted by the State Police as having strong criminal tendencies.

    00. DARDAN DOMI, residing in Shijak, currently holds the position of the General Secretary in the Ministry of Interiors, (or Human Resources Director in the MI), former head of the DP of Shijak, head of Team for Mr. Olldashi during the elections in july 2005. The coordinator and brain of all the abovementioned criminal links for Mr. Olldashi and his most loyal men.

    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

     

    .

     

     

     

    May 6, 2007

     

    The Hon. Eliot Engel

    House of Representatives

    Washington , DC

     

    Dear Congressman Engel:

     

    You are known as the most vocal member of Congress on Albanian issues and you also serve as Chairman of the Albanian Issues Caucus. It is my understanding that Albanian Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha will visit with you this week in Washington .

     

    There are several issues I would like to suggest that you address with Mr. Basha when you meet as follows:

     

    1. 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?
    1. Basha’s father-in-law was a key figure at Vefa, one of the largest of Albania ’s notorious pyramid schemes. Does Basha know if his father-in-law was able to abscond with illegal gains from Vefa and did Basha in any way profit from these assets?
    1. 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. Please ask Mr. Basha if he 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 .
    1. Recently, there was a large demonstration in Tirana to protest Sali Berisha’s heavy handed attempts to censor media. Do you intend to tell Basha that the U.S. will not tolerate any such attempts to stifle free speech?
    1. Berisha campaigned on a platform to fight corruption and as a central part of his campaign, he relentlessly attacked Fatos Nano as being corrupt. In fact, his office was the source of the attached report that contains allegations of Nano’s improprieties (this report has been forwarded to you on several occasions in the past. Yet, since he has taken office, Berisha has done little to fight crime and corruption and astonishingly, he has even spoken of the possibility of supporting a Nano Presidency. Berisha’s flip-flop deserves a response from Basha.
    1. Greek soldiers were recently caught on video tape chanting highly racist anti-Albanian slogans. This was not an isolated incident because it is known these slogans have become “institutionalized” within the Greek military. Greece is one our fellow members of NATO, and I am certain that Americans would frown on this type of racism from a fellow NATO member. I am requesting that you determine what, if anything, the Berisha government plans to do about this. I would also like to know if it’s appropriate for your office to request an inquiry by Greece so that the soldiers and commanders responsible for these racist acts are dealt with in an appropriate manner. This would send a clear signal to Greeks that racism against Albanians or any other minority will not be tolerated by the U.S. Given the outcry in the U.S. over the Abu Ghraib incident, and the fact that Albanian solders are fighting along side Americans in Iran and Afghanistan , I hope you can appreciate why this situation is of concern to the people of Albania . I would like to know what the U.S. and/or Albania plan to do to rectify this matter. I hope you will discuss this issue with Basha.
    1. As you know, hundreds of thousands of Albanians in Greece are living under a Greek form of apartheid and are subjected to severe forms of societal and institutional discrimination. What is Basha planning to do to improve the human rights of these Albanians? What are you doing about this injustice?
    1. The Albanian Chams are still waiting for the U.S. and Albanian governments to address their plight. What is being done to help the Chams with their grievances?
    1. I recently brought up several issues concerning the U.S. Embassy in Tirana including the possibility that a large number employees were members of Albania ’s communist party and lied on their employment applications to hide their communist pasts. I also alerted the Embassy to other possible illegal activity within the Embassy. What does your office plan to do about this matter? What does Basha think should done?

    As you know, the Albanian constituency of your district has changed over the years so that today a significant portion of them are from Albania proper. Furthermore, it is my understanding that Basha has no constituency in the U.S. , and if I am mistaken on this point, I encourage those parties to come forward. Quite frankly, as the third generation of my family to be involved in the affairs of the Albanian American community, I am embarrassed that the country of my forebears sends such a marginal individual like Lulzim Basha to represent Albania in our nation’s capital.

     

    For the interests of Albanian Americans, I hope you will take these matters into consideration when meeting with Mr. Basha.

     

    Thank you.

     

    Sincerely,
    Gary Q. Kokalari

     

    Fatmir „Watchman“ Mediu and President Bush

    H.E. Fatmir Mediu Minister of Defense Republic of Albania Tirana, Albania Dear Fatmir: Upon reading the transcript of the Vision Plus interview with President Bush and contemplating his words, „I’ve been impressed with (Albania’s) leadership,“ for some reason I thought about you. And I remembered that you never gave me the opportunity to examine your watches. Hmmmm…I wonder why? But in retrospect, perhaps this is a good thing because I want you to look your best for President Bush’s historic visit, and for this reason I think it’s important for you to wear one of your expensive watches for this special occasion. Perhaps the Breguet? Or maybe the Rolex? After all, it is a solid gold Rolex President watch. In any event, to help you make a selection, here’s a link to the article I wrote about your impressive watch collection. 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 . Please tell me something: why haven’t you demanded that Greece’s Minister of Defense discipline the soldiers who made those racist, anti-Albanian statements? Perhaps you should ask President Bush what he thinks about this outrage. And ask President Bush what he did with his own soldiers after the Abu Ghraib prison incident.

    Sincerely,

    Gary Kokalari

    ACL – 10 June 2007

    This article comes from ACLIS – Albanian Canadian League Information Service – A logistic office of Albanian Canadian League
    http://www.albca.com/aclis

    The URL for this story is:
    http://www.albca.com/aclis/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1264

  4. Eine Legende des Verbrechens der KAS Partner der CDU: Lulzim Basha

    Berisha & Basha’s Big Dig

    Posted on Monday, September 24 @ 19:44:10 PDT by acl

    Albania NewsRead Inside: „Time Warner and Albania“ & „Comments to FCC Notice of Inquiry, IB Docket No. 04-398“ – By Gary Q. Kokalari

    The news about the astonishing – and deadly – cost-overrun problems associated with Boston’s „Big Dig“ and the fact there are Massachusetts Senators who are actively seeking to ban Bechtel from doing any future work in their State are revelations that raise very serious questions about Sali Berisha and Lulzim Basha’s handling of the Durres-Morina road building affair.

    Gary Q. Kokalari – Political Analyst

    There can be no question that the construction of a major road artery is a crucial part of Albania’s economic development. However, because of the importance of this project to Albania’s future, the Albanian government was obligated to complete whatever due diligence was necessary in the process of selecting a contractor for this monumental task.

    By Gary Q. Kokalari – Exclusively for ACLIS

    A major part of the problem is that neither Berisha nor Basha has any experience with a project of this magnitude. To exacerbate the problem, instead of realizing his limitations, Berisha refuses to listen to others and prefers to fly by the seat of his pants using his own highly flawed instincts. The same instincts that have proven disastrous for Albania in the past, as Albanians learned the hard way with Berisha’s pyramid schemes. To make matters worse, Berisha is eager to please certain foreign centers of power solely for the purpose of advancing his own selfish agenda. As for Basha, he is little more than a foolish and pompous stooge who is barely out of his diapers and still dangles from the strings held by Berisha. So what we have here is a classic case of the blind leading the blind on a project that has the potential to bankrupt Albania.

    Did Berisha and Basha contemplate the history of Bechtel’s problems with other major infrastructure projects like the $1.1 billion cost-overrun on the Bid Dig? Did they question Bechtel and include provisions in the contract that would protect Albania from the type of cost-overruns experienced in Boston? Of course Berisha and Basha can now say they took this all into consideration, but if they attempt a cover-up, they can’t just say they were aware of these problems, they need to prove it by producing solid evidence, including correspondence, emails, and legal briefs, that would substantiate any claims they may make that this was all thoroughly addressed. Also, who advised or pressured the Albanian government on moving forward with Bechtel? We now know, as a result of the denial issued by Camile Nuamah, head of the World Bank’s Tirana office, that Basha’s effort to cast blame on the World Bank was a blatant lie. It should be noted that by wrongfully implicating the World Bank in this underhanded attempt to cover his mistake, Basha has potentially damaged Albania’s relationship with the World Bank, the institution that has been most instrumental in helping to stabilize Albania’s economy, and this alone should be grounds for his termination.

    Lulzim Basha

     

    Was the Bechtel contract just a back room deal agreed to by Berisha and Basha? If they claim not, was there an extensive team of international consulting engineers, legal advisors and other experts helping Albania to maneuver such treacherous waters? Or was this too practical of an approach to expect from Sali Berisha because his modus operandi does not include rational decision making?

    Now, in light of Bechtel’s numerous debacles on other projects, the issue of the lack of transparency in the selection of Bechtel and the fact there was no open international tender for Albania’s massive Durres-Morina project is beyond comprehension. Especially when one considers that, with any miscalculations or unanticipated construction costs, we could be talking about a difference of hundreds of millions of dollars in the final cost of the project – money Albania cannot afford to lose. Despite the campaign lies that flowed from Berisha’s mouth about greater transparency, the probability of seeing Berisha govern with open, rational, professional conduct is lower than the odds of seeing the sun fall from the sky and into the Adriatic Sea. Berisha’s duplicitous handling of the Albtelecom scandal is a perfect example of the skullduggery that has come to symbolize his regime. And the Bechtel matter is just more of the same.

    Bechtel

     

    In an example for his lack of respect for the people he governs, Berisha had the audacity to insert his son, Shkelzen, as a manager at Albtelecom, an absolute conflict of interest for a head of government, particularly in a country facing such high levels of unemployment and poverty as Albania. As you will recall, this is the same type of dirty game Fatos Nano played with his own son at Vodafone, the same Fatos Nano who Berisha once accused of corruption for displaying similar behavior.

    Bechtel has no monopoly on the engineering prowess required to complete the Durres-Morina road building project (see ENR list of top global contractors. There are global engineering behemoths who compete with Bechtel on projects of this scale everyday. To be sure, there are other companies that, in addition to possessing engineering qualifications that rival those of Bechtel, may have been able to offer government subsidized financial incentives that were not available in the Bechtel deal. I am well aware that if one digs deep enough, it is likely many of these companies may have experienced scandals of their own, but Berisha and Basha had the absolute responsibility to the people of Albania to do everything within their power to assure they hired the most qualified firm to complete the Durres-Morina project, and this company should have provided the strongest possible guarantees of completion at the lowest possible price inclusive of financial incentives. As has now become clear, this due diligence was not done, and in my opinion, this constitutes a criminal act.

    Prime Minister Sali Berisha

    Both Berisha and Basha should immediately stop hiding behind immunity and open themselves to voluntary interrogation on this matter. If not, it is time for the Berisha government to come to an end.

    Being a doctor, Berisha knows well that when a cancer is discovered in the body it must be treated promptly and aggressively, with surgical removal if necessary. With this in mind, Berisha and Basha should be viewed as little more than cancers growing on Albania and must be treated accordingly.

    Wake up Albanians! It’s time for another change!

    GQK

    Read about the Bid Dig:

    3 senators want Big Dig manager barred
    Artery errors cost more than $1b

     

    Time Warner and Albania

    Gary Q. Kokalari – Political Analyst

    By Gary Q. Kokalari – Exclusively for ACLIS

    Time Warner recently introduced its „International OnePrice“ calling program to American customers. For $19.95 per month this calling plan allows Time Warner customers unlmited international calling to over 100 countries. A list of countries included in the Time Warner calling plan can be found by clicking on these links:

    International OnePrice Countries
    Time Warner NY-NJ Debuts International Calling Plan

    Interestingly, there is one country that is noticeably absent from the list of countries included in the Time Warner plan. Can you guess which country? I’ll give you a hint: the country has a red flag with a black double-headed eagle. If you guessed Albania you guessed right. Do you know why? It’s because the biased and abnormal pricing agreements that exist among Albania’s telecoms do not make it economically feasible for Time Warner to include Albania in the plan. This is the same reason Albanians are forced to endure what are among the highest calling rates in the world for their own telephone usage in Albania.

    I have repeatedly called for investigations of these interconnection agreements and so have others. But investigations have gone nowhere.

    Lulzim Basha

    Instead, when then Minister of Telecommunications Lulzim Basha was called to testify before a committee that was seeking answers to questions about these schemes, he repeatedly ignored the requests and never testified. As for Berisha, when he was in opposition, he sought my assistance to help focus attention on these schemes. But now that he has regained power, he has lost interest in prosecuting an investigation of telecom pricing in Albania. Why? Could it be that now that he is back in power he is in the position to take personal advantage of the same financial incentives that caused Fatos Nano to ignore this matter? Just click on the link below for Rilindja Demokratike, Berisha’s pathetic excuse for a newspaper, and you will note along the right hand side of the front page that one if its most prominent advertisers is none other than the Greek owned wireless carrier AMC.

    So that it is clear, because of these biased telecom interconnection agreements, Albanian consumers continue having their pockets picked by the wireless carriers, like Greek owned AMC, whenever they pick up their phones to place calls. Those who place international calls into Albania are raped in a similar way. And it is with these ill-gotten gains that AMC is able to spend millions of dollars on advertising to silence criticism from Albania’s media and buy the cooperation of corrupt hajdut Albanian „leaders“ like Sali „Enver“ Berisha. And while Lulzim Basha is parading around the U.S., he should elaborate on his own relationship with Greek owned AMC and respond to the allegations that he has accepted bribes from them. Basha should also asked ro explain why he refused to attend before the Parliamentary Commission to provide his testimony. This investigation went nowhere because since coming to power, the Berisha government has gone out of its to undermine any attempt to investigate Albania’s rigged telecom sector. Just as the Nano government tried to hide the ITU report and block investigations while it was in power.

    As everyone in Albania will recall from his election campaign, Berisha promised that he would stop the Albtelecom deal and there would be a thorough investigation of this transactioin. I pesonally provided information to his staff that should have helped them prove the exsistence of a bid-rigging conspiracy, but I would not hold my breath waiting for them to take such action because this would require biting the hand that feeds them. As I predicted long ago, just like Berisha has forgotten his concern about the abuses with telecom interconnection agreements, he has forgotten his promises about Albtelecom. Instead, he allowed the Turks to steal Albtelecom for the same price negotiated by Fatos Nano – a price that several telecom financial experts estimated may be $200 million below its value. In fact, German telecom investor Axos offered to buy Albtelecom for more than $300 million! Why would Berisha do this? According to some speculation, it’s because the Turks knew they were getting the deal of the century and were willing to make payments under the table to preserve the deal and guarantee that they got it at a bargain basement price. And who received these payments? It’s alleged they were shared by Fatos Nano, Sali Berisha and Genc Ruli. As many of you will recall, Ruli is no stranger to charges of corruption.

    I call upon Attorney General Sollaku to aggressively more forward with his investigation of Albania’s telecom industry. It is time to put an end to the abuse of the people of Albania at the hands of the Greek wireless carriers and those corrupt Albanian politicians who care only for the good of their own pockets, not the welfare of the people of Albania.

    If you would like to learn more about why Time Warner had to exclude Albania in it’s calling plan, please read my attached 2005 report to the FCC.

    GQK

     

    Comments to FCC Notice of Inquiry, IB Docket No. 04-398

    January 3, 2005


    Federal Communications Commission


    Washington, DC 20554


    RE: Comments to FCC Notice of Inquiry, IB Docket No. 04-398


    Last September, I placed two international calls to Albania from my Verizon land line telephone in New York. One of my calls terminated in a mobile system and the other in a land line system, but both calls were billed to me by Verizon at identical rates of $5.26 per minute.


    It is my understanding that the rates for calls from the U.S. to Albania are among the highest in the world. As a U.S. citizen, this is highly disturbing because I have reason to believe these rates have been artificially inflated as a result of market manipulation, collusion and price fixing between the Albanian government officials who control Albtelecom, the government owned fixed line operator, and Albania’s privately owned wireless carriers, Vodafone, headquartered in the U.K., and AMC, an entity controlled by Greek telecom operators. If this information is verified, these relationships constitute a conspiracy between Albanian government officials and private sector telecom executives designed to defraud international callers to Albania. This should be of major concern to the FCC because a large percentage of this telephone traffic emanates from the U.S., and there is an adverse impact on American consumers. Furthermore, this could be just the tip of the iceberg because the situation in Albania may serve as an indication that similar acts of collusion exist between governments and private telephone carriers in other countries where U.S. calls are terminated.


    In September 2003, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) issued a report on Albania’s telecom interconnection agreements that came to the conclusion that the fee sharing arrangements between Albtelecom and Albania’s two private wireless carriers were highly unusual. In brief, the report indicated that Albtelecom has been receiving a grossly lower percentage of the fees generated by each telephone call, and the wireless carriers were receiving an overly generous portion of the fees. In early December 2003, the ITU report was sent to the Albanian Regulatory Authority and the Ministry of Transport and Communications, but for some mysterious reason the ITU reports were “misplaced” and these government agencies did not bring the issue to the attention of Parliament or the Albanian public. This matter remained hidden within the Regulatory Authority and the Ministry of Transport and Communications until the publication in Albania of my February 3, 2004 letter to Vodafone Chairman Lord MacLaurin that requested an investigation of the interconnection agreements between Vodafone and Albtelecom. A summary extract of the ITU report is attached herewith.


    Seven months before the ITU report was issued, the U.S. government arrived at a similar conclusion. Unknown to the ITU and completely independent of its October 2003 report, the Central Eastern Europe Business Information Center (CEEBIC), an agency of the U.S. government that was established to promote economic development in Eastern Europe, issued a March 2003 report titled, “Telecommunications and Information Technology Albania.” A section of the CEEBIC report called “Backbones and Interconnection” stated,

     

     

    “Albtelecom is generating a big debt due to these abnormal interconnection agreements which have been signed and are in force.”


    As the FCC is aware, similar to domestic interconnection agreements, fees generated from international calls are shared among telecom carriers. Typically, the telecom carrier in the country where the call terminates would be entitled to a portion of the fee. In the case of Albania, as mandated by the government and by law, all international calls to and from Albania must pass through Albtelecom which is entitled to a percentage of the fee generated by the call.

     

     

    It is my understanding that telecom regulatory authorities from around the world provide information regarding their international traffic to Telegeography, a Washington-based organization that monitors this type of data. A source in Albania has informed me that Greek telephone traffic reports given to Telegeography indicated that in 2002 there were 105 million minutes of calls originating in Greece and terminating in Albania. In direct contradiction to this report, it appears that Albtelecom reported receiving only 85 million minutes of calls from Greece during this same period. The difference represents an amount of traffic equivalent to almost 30% of Albtelecom’s international business with Greece.

     

     

    How and why did 20 million minutes disappear? Are there similar irregularities with respect to Albania’s telephone traffic with the U.S.? Is it possible that international calls are being illegally diverted either before they reach Albania or within Albania? Why would Albtelecom, which has a state protected monopoly on international calls that terminate in Albania, share such a large percentage of the international interconnection fees with the two private wireless carriers? The answer to these and other questions may explain why calls placed by Americans to Albania are so expensive.

     

     

    According to the FCC web site and with regard to Albania, Albtelecom is still considered as a “carrier presumed to possess market power” in Albania, not Vodafone or AMC. This has implications for the termination rate paid to Albtelecom which will be lower than the rate paid to a carrier that is “assumed not to possess market power,” in this case Vodafone and AMC. A very likely reason is that Albtelecom is still the only “official” carrier for international traffic. Because U.S. operators do not have direct links with Vodafone and AMC, the U.S. carriers see only Albtelecom. The implication is that the Albanian government, via Albtelecom, in collusion with the Albania’s private wireless carriers, is engaged in a scheme which defrauds U.S. citizens and other international callers every time a call is placed to Albania.


    A major concern here is that senior Albanian government officials, who control Albtelecom, are in a position to provide sweetheart deals to the private wireless carriers in return for financial reward.


    The FCC should be aware that Albania is considered among the most corrupt countries in the world by Transparency International. You should also be aware that Members of the U.S. Congress at the Helsinki Commission hearing in Washington and Senior Officials of the European Union have recently issued stern warnings to the Albanian government in efforts to pressure them to curtail corrupt practices. Furthermore, a U.S. government agency is currently investigating Fatos Nano, the Prime Minister of Albania, for corrupt practices, including allegations that he maintains illegal foreign bank accounts. These circumstances, combined with the irregularities in Albania’s telecom sector that were exposed in the ITU and CEEBIC reports, make it clear that this matter should be addressed by the FCC.


    The FCC should also take into consideration the fact that the common stock of Vodafone is publicly traded in the U.S. and a high concentration of its shareholders are American financial institutions and citizens; therefore, Vodafone falls under the purview of the U.S. government via the Securities and Exchange Commission and most probably other agencies, including the FCC due to the fact that Vodafone is a major shareholder in Verizon Wireless.


    My efforts to bring this matter to the attention of the Albanian public forced the Albanian government to address this issue last year. Unfortunately, in the absence of any pressure being exerted by the U.S., the Albanian government conducted a sham investigation that was analogous to giving a fox the charge of guarding hens. A final resolution of this matter can only be accomplished by the U.S. government demanding that the Albanian government, the recipient of significant U.S. economic assistance, conduct a fully transparent investigation to include analysis of Albania’s domestic and international interconnection agreements and Albania’s international telephone traffic with the U.S. Because the requisite skills required for this task are unavailable in Albania, by necessity, such an investigation will require the participation of independent and objective outside auditors and industry experts.


    Because it appears that U.S. citizens are being defrauded every time a call is placed to Albania, I am requesting that the FCC open an investigation of this matter as soon as possible.


    Thank you.


    Sincerely,


    Gary Q. Kokalari


    Extract of ITU report appears on the next page:


    REVIEW


    OF


    CURRENT INTERCONNECTION ARRANGEMENTS IN ALBANIA


    (An extract from an ITU Report)


    1. Interconnection (I/C) agreements
    Interconnection agreements are available


    • between AMC/Vodafone and ABLTELECOM
    • between AMC and Vodafone
    • between ABLTELECOM and rural operators
    ABLTELECOM has been determined to have the Significant Market Power (SMP) status.


    The Albanian Telecommunications Act (art 42 item d ) states that “Organisations with Significant Market Power have the obligation to send copies of their interconnection agreements to TRE and make them available on request by interested parties (excluding commercially sensitive parts other than details of interconnection charges, terms and conditions)”. This means that interconnection agreements between AMC/Vodafone and ABLTELECOM and on the other hand between ABLTELECOM and rural operators should be available to all interested parties.


    The analysis of the interconnection situations was based on the current interconnection agreement documents and the discussion with the officials of the Albanian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. No data for an in-depth analysis of the current interconnection situation were available.


    Problems with interconnection arrangements exist in two different categories:


    • in the interconnection between mobile operators (AMC and Vodafone) and the national fixed network operators ABLTELECOM
    • in the interconnection between ABLTELECOM and local rural fixed line operators
    The interconnection agreements include three types of problems:


    1. Legal problem
    The current Albanian Telecommunications Act (art 46) states “Interconnection fees must be cost oriented and cover effective cost using the network”. Both type of the above mentioned I/C agreements are based on charges by revenues sharing (sharing the fees paid by calling end users). Thus these I/C agreement are in conflict with the Telecommunications Act.


    1. Discriminatory / unbalanced fee structure
    The commercial terms of Vodafone / ALBTELECOM interconnection agreement (the AMC / ABLTELECOM interconnection agreement is exactly similar) indicate an unbalanced situation which sets ABLTELECOM in unfair position.


    The main commercial terms in the agreements are:


    – Tariffs setting


    • Tariffs for calls from PSTN to PLMN will be jointly agreed by parties
    • Tariffs for calls from PLMN to PSTN are set exclusively by Vodafone
    – National calls


    • For billed calls from PSTN to PLMN, even customer has not paid, Vodafone receives 88% of the billed tariffs and in any case 40 Leke per minute
    Note: that traffic was 10.8 million minutes in first semester of 2003


    • For calls from PLMN to PSTN Vodafone pays to ABLTELECOM 8% of applicable tariff and in any case ABLTELECOM shall receive at least 3 leke per minute
    Note: that traffic was 4.3 million minutes in first semester of 2003


    – International calls


    • For international calls made from abroad through PSTN to PLMN, Vodafone receives 84% of the average tariffs minutes of international accounting rate agreed by ABLTELECOM ( effective revenue sharing is Vodafone 84% and ABLTELECOM 16%).
    Note: that traffic was 63.8 million minutes in first semester of 2003


    • For international calls made from Vodafone network to foreign countries, ABLTELECOM receives applicable international accounting rate plus 10% ( effectively Vodafone keeps large amount of fee paid by calling customer, ABLTELECOM pays accounting rate to foreign operator and can keep only 10 % (likely less than 5% of the fee paid by customer)
    Note: that traffic was 5.9 million minutes in first semester of 2003


    – National transit traffic


    • There is no economic compensation for ABLTELECOM in transit traffic between two mobile operators
    Note: that traffic was 23.1 million minutes from Vodafone to AMC and from AMC to Vodafone 22.6 million minutes in first semester of 2003


    According the officials of the Telecommunications Authority the interconnection agreement between ABLTELECOM and rural operator includes also revenue sharing terms which are uneconomic and unfair to the rural operators. No traffic data was available.


    1. Period of agreement
    The contract period in the interconnection agreements between the mobile operators and ABLTELECOM is a fixed period of four years. This is an extremely long time in the rapidly developing telecommunications field. The normally used period terms state that after one year it is possible to renegotiate the content and prices of the agreements.


    1. ISPs` access to network
    According to the officials of the Telecommunications Authority there exists a strong discriminatory situation with regard to access by Internet Service Providers to the network of the ALBTELECOM.


    The ISP division of ABLTELECOM can offer to end users as package including both access (connection between customer and ISP) and services of ISP.


    The independent ISPs can price to customer only their services. Customer pays as separate price to ALBTELECOM the connection.


    These different arrangement result that the total fee paid by customer is higher for independent ISP`s services.


    This situation violates the non discriminatory principles.


    1. Areas of interconnection where improvement is needed
    The present interconnection arrangements between AMC/Vodafone are highly unfavourable for publicly owned fixed operator ALBTELECOM. It must be said that there is not a single example in Europe or wider with such unfair interconnection deals for the fixed operator. This not only severely damages public interests in Albania (since ALBTELECOM is public owned) but also creates risks in longer term in several aspects, for example:


    • The current interconnection arrangements between ABLTELECOM and mobile operators may lead to a complete collapse of ABLTELECOM.
    • Similarly the current I/C agreement between ABLTELECOM and rural private operators is likely to result that the rural operators cannot survive.
    The situations described above are worsened due to the fact that telephone calls are more and more made within and between the mobile telecommunications networks.


    1. Recommendations
    In view of the above, the following is recommended:


    Recommendation 1:


    Regulatory Authority to initiate revision of the current interconnection agreements between ALBTELECOM and AMC and between ALBTELECOM and Vodafone as a matter of urgency on the grounds that these agreements violate the Telecommunication Act in force and severelydamage public interests.


    Recommendation 2:


    Regulatory Authority to carry out an in depth analysis of the magnitude of public funds that are lost due to the one-sidedness of these agreements and take an urgent legal action to recover the lost public funds.


    Recommendation 3:


    In future, the Regulatory Authority should demand that operators prove the cost orientation of their interconnection prices by cost calculations . Precondition for cost calculations is a proper accounting separation. This should be supported by guide papers and possibly by an additional basic regulation on accounting separation prepared by the Regulatory Authority.


    Recommendation 4:


    Developing competence within of the Regulatory Authority in economic monitoring / control of telecommunication operations, especially in the areas related to interconnection, tariffs and universal service.


    Recommendation 5:


    The regulatory Authority to establish a procedure for public written consultations on drafts of new regulations or major decisions.

     

    ACL – 24 September 2007

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