Lu’s FBI Agents Fail to Produce Any Tangible Results

Lu’s FBI Agents Fail to Produce Any Tangible Results

On November 7, 2017, US Ambassador Donald Lu declared that two FBI agents had arrived in Albania to assist the government’s most recent attempt to deal with the sprawling organized crime in the country and its deep connections with the police and government. Lu’s declaration followed Prime Minister Edi Rama’s announcement of a Special Task Force called “The Force of […]

Democratic Party Seeks Resignation of Speaker of Parliament Ruçi

Democratic Party Seeks Resignation of Speaker of Parliament Ruçi

The Democratic Party has today sought the resignation of Speaker of Parliament Gramoz Ruçi, after violating the Constitution on December 18 by electing a Temporary Prosecutor General. In a press declaration, PD parliamentary group leader Edmond Spaho stressed that in the last session of Parliament in 2017, Prime Minister Edi Rama, with the approval of Ruçi, has […]

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, […]

Basha: OPDAT & EURALIUS Made a Mistake

Basha: OPDAT & EURALIUS Made a Mistake

In an interview with Sokol Balla on Top Story, opposition leader Lulzim Basha called the legal opinion of international legal assistance missions OPDAT and EURALIUS “a mistake”: OPDAT and EURALIUS are mistaken. Their opinion has no legal value and a regards argumentation it is a ridiculous mistake. I don’t comment on embassies and ambassadors, but […]

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 […]

“Big Fish” Prosecutors Faced with Arta Marku

“Big Fish” Prosecutors Faced with Arta Marku

As we reported earlier, the Prosecution Office has requested the revocation of the parliamentary mandate of deputies Aqif Rakipi (PDIU) and Gledion Rehovica (LSI). This request to the Central Election Committee (KQZ) was made by prosecutor Rovena Gashi, chief of the decriminalization department, which has investigated them since February. The Prosecution Office had taken the fingerprints […]

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 […]

Arta Marku May Not Be Lu’s “Golden” Hen

Arta Marku May Not Be Lu’s “Golden” Hen

After US Ambassador Donald Lu briefly met with the Temporal Prosecutor General, a large part of the media reminded him that he promised the Albanian public that the “big fish” would be arrested next year. But even though we know little about what was discussed between them, one thing is certain. Lu will have it […]

Basha Reconsidering Role of Opposition in Parliament

Basha Reconsidering Role of Opposition in Parliament

In an interview during TV program Opinion, PD leader Lulzim Basha explained the opposition’s possible avenues after the contentious election of Arta Marku as Prosecutor General last Monday. During the interview, Basha claimed that Prime Minister Edi Rama has now de facto taken over the prosecution, and has done so in violation of the Constitution. According to Basha, […]