ONM Member Breaks Silence, Talks with US Newspaper

ONM Member Breaks Silence, Talks with US Newspaper

When in February 2017 International Monitoring Mission (ONM) chief Genoveva Ruiz Calavera arrived in Albania, she made a firm promise: “The only voice that will be commenting on our work is the public website.” Meanwhile, the website of the ONM has remained conspicuously unupdated, while Ruiz Calavera has already started to talk to the press. Recently, […]

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 […]

KLP Edging toward Installation, 4 Civil Society Candidates Proposed

KLP Edging toward Installation, 4 Civil Society Candidates Proposed

The unconstitutional election of the Temporary Prosecutor General seems to have all kinds of curious side-effects. While in December the Civil Society Ad-Hoc Commission released a statement declaring that after five failed open calls it seemed impossible to find qualifying candidates for the civil society member of the High Prosecutorial Council (KLP), that same commission […]

The Intolerable Disingenuousness of US Ambassador Donald Lu

The Intolerable Disingenuousness of US Ambassador Donald Lu

In a statement following the election of Temporary General Prosecutor Arta Marku, which was met by violent protests outside Parliament and smoke bomb inside of it, US Ambassador Donald Lu released a public statement condemning the violence and claiming that the resistance of the opposition against Marku’s election showed that they are “afraid” of the judicial reform. […]

Basha: Rama Violates the Constitution

Basha: Rama Violates the Constitution

In a meeting with journalists today, PD leader Lulzim Basha once again declared that the attempts of the government to appoint a Temporary Prosecutor General are anti-constitutional, and that the opposition will not recognize anyone nominated as such: The Constitution does not leave any space for a transitional period or temporary prosecutor. Zero possibility, zero […]

Legal Affairs Commission Starts Hearing Session for Temporary General Prosecutor

Legal Affairs Commission Starts Hearing Session for Temporary General Prosecutor

Yesterday, the five-day deadline announced by Prime Minister Edi Rama for applying for the new position of Temporary General Prosecutor ended. The parliamentary Legal Affairs Commission, which charged itself with selecting the successor of General Prosecutor Adriatik Llalla, even though the High Prosecutorial Council (KLP) has not yet announced the end of his mandate, is holding […]

US Ambassador Lu Attacks General Prosecutor Llalla

US Ambassador Lu Attacks General Prosecutor Llalla

During a conference organized by the National Ombudsman concerning violence against women, US Ambassador Donald Lu used to opportunity to attack General Prosecutor Adriatik Llalla, whom the Rama government is trying to unconstitutionally replace with a “Temporary General Prosecutor”: The old judicial system protected wealthy statesmen through corruption and political influence. The new system cannot have […]

Euralius Refuses to Be Accountable for Legal Opinion

Euralius Refuses to Be Accountable for Legal Opinion

In recent days, Exit has reported about the attempts of the Rama government to unconstitutionally elect a “Temporary General Prosecutor,” who will not be vetted, will have an unlimited term in office, and who will be elected with a simple majority in Parliament. We have also focused on the dubious role of the OPDAT and EURALIUS […]

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