The US Embassy Has No Competence to Give Any Legal Opinion

The US Embassy Has No Competence to Give Any Legal Opinion

The closer the end of Donald Lu’s term as US Ambassador in Tirana, the more openly he seems to become as a surrogate for the Rama government. Without any clear reason or necessity, the US Embassy posted the following statement on its Facebook page this morning: The Prime Minister of course immediately jumped on the occasion, posting: The […]

The 10-Month Search for KLP Candidates from Civil Society

The 10-Month Search for KLP Candidates from Civil Society

According to Constitution art. 149(4), there is among the 11 members High Prosecutorial Council (KLP) one member from civil society. The KLP is one of the most important new institutions that are the result of the judicial, and has wide-ranging power over the Prosecution Office, including proposing candidates for the position of the Prosecutor General, […]

Rama Doubles Down against €13M Strasbourg Verdict

Rama Doubles Down against €13M Strasbourg Verdict

In response to the verdict of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg that the Albanian government should pay €13 million to the owners of the Jon Residence in Vlora, which was unlawfully demolished as part of the government’s Lungomare urban regeneration project, Prime Minister Edi Rama stated that “I would do it 1,000 times if I […]

The Fate of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers Provides an Alarming Scenario for Albanian Judicial Reform

The Fate of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers Provides an Alarming Scenario for Albanian Judicial Reform

The recent turnaround of several Kosovar MPs and President Hashim Thaçi regarding the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office for Kosovo, which is supposed to investigate and try war crimes from the Kosovo Liberation War, provides an alarming scenario for the future of the Albanian judicial reform. In a clear-headed analysis in Prishtina Insight, Aidan Hehir […]

Temporary Prosecutor General Violates Constitution, Removes Prosecutor

Temporary Prosecutor General Violates Constitution, Removes Prosecutor

Temporary Prosecutor General Arta Marku has removed today director of the decriminalization directorate Rovena Gashi. Only yesterday, Rovena Gashi had indicted PDIU deputy Aqif Rakipi, a close ally of Prime Minister Rama, under the decriminalization law. Instead, she has nominated Arqile Koça, another candidate shortlisted by the PS for the function of Temporary Prosecutor General, […]

Kouchner Strikes Again

Kouchner Strikes Again

It’s remarkable how predictable Rama’s international propaganda machinery has become, simply because so few voices are part of it. It is either the Prime Minister himself, someone from Tony Blair’s stable of misfits, or Bernard Kouchner. These are all the international voices our current leader is able to muster on the international stages, and none of them […]

After All, Temporary Prosecutor General May Not Be What Lu and Vlahutin Assured She Would Be

After All, Temporary Prosecutor General May Not Be What Lu and Vlahutin Assured She Would Be

Several media have reported that Temporary Prosecutor General Arta Marku has started a thorough reorganization of the prosecution system, planning to change department directors, including the head of the of Serious Crimes Prosecution Office, which is currently investigating former Minister of Interior Saimir Tahiri on drug trafficking charges, and several other high-ranking collaborators of Prime Minister Edi […]

The EU Condemns Violence, But Whose Violence?

The EU Condemns Violence, But Whose Violence?

Today the EU Delegation in Tirana has condemned the “violence” during yesterday’s protests and the “conduct” of deputies during the parliamentary session in which Arta Marku was elected and sworn in as Temporary General Prosecutor: The EU condemns the violence in yesterday’s protests and the conduct by the Members of the Parliament at the plenary session. Democratic […]