Prosecutor General Office complaints of payment to prosecutors

TIRANA, Sept. 18 – The Prosecutor General office sent a letter to the government to complain about a decision on rewarding a group of prosecutors of grave crime without their permission. The government decided to reward financially a group of

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Trial against weapon trafficking suspects starts

TIRANA, Sept. 18 – The Court of Grave Crimes started Monday the trial against six persons accused of a network of weapon trafficking. They were arrested last December in Durres port city and police sequestered 66 pistols and rounds of

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Marshall Center holds conferences on security and integration of Southeastern Europe

TIRANA, Sept. 19 – George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies started Tuesday two conferences with the Adriatic Charter nations _ Albania, Croatia and Macedonia _ on countering corruption, organized crime and illicit trafficking and their European Union and

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Man arrested for bombing school in a village

TIRANA, Sept. 18 – Police arrested Monday Ali Jahja, 59, who had allegedly put some explosive at a school in Shullaz village, Milot communein the north. A day later local newspapers wrote that Jahja had acknowledged putting the explosive with

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Parliament discusses law on mobile phones

TIRANA, Sept. 19 – The parliament’s commission on trade and environment discussed Tuesday the draft law on telecommunicati0on which dealt with the mobile companies. It asks the providers to secure and preserve for two years the data of the users.

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Trafficker arrested in southeast Albania

KOLONJA, Sept. 19 – Police arrested Tuesday a wanted person who was allegedly helping people illegally cross the border into Greece. Police believes his network was spread in two other districts in the country. Police arrested Dhimiter Avdo, 39, in

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Ibraj meets with George C. Marshall head

TIRANA, Sept. 19 – Albanian top policeman Bajram Ibraj met Wednesday with John Rose, Director of the Marshall Center, located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Rose said that 129 Albanians were following training courses held by the center pledging to further deepen

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IOM closes project on illegal migrants in Albania

TIRANA, Sept. 20 – The International Organization on Migration closed Wednesday its project titled ‘Fight against irregular migration in Albania and wider in the region,’ which aimed at increasing capacities along the agreement for the return of the immigrants that

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U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Inaugurates Renovated Valbona School

TROPOJA, Sept. 19 – The U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Stephen Cristina and the Head of the Embassy’s Office for Defense Cooperation (ODC) Major Larry Harrison, together with the local authorities inaugurated Tuesday the only school in the village of

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Opposition calls for Berisha to resign

TIRANA, Sept. 21 ͠Albanian opposition Socialists asked Prime Minister Sali Berisha of the Democratic Party to resign because of his personal interference in the case of the suspension of the flight company Albatros. Berisha went to the parliament to respond

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 18 - The Prosecutor General office sent a letter to the government to complain about a decision on rewarding a group of prosecutors of grave crime without their permission. The government decided to reward financially a group of prosecutors involved in the recent police operations concluding with the arrests of dangerous well-known heads of organized crime networks. The prosecutor general office acknowledged that the promotion of their work was a good indicator and something that should be applied but the government had to take permission as that institution is independent. The government cannot use Albanians' taxes in an abusive way," said a statement of the prosecutor general.
The government and the prosecutor general office are from the start of this executive more than a year ago into a conflict that culminated in July when the parliamentary investigative commission headed from the majority of the Democratic Party of Prime Minister Sali Berisha asked the president to fire Sollaku for mishandling and abusing with the post.(Tirana Times Staff)

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 18 - The Court of Grave Crimes started Monday the trial against six persons accused of a network of weapon trafficking. They were arrested last December in Durres port city and police sequestered 66 pistols and rounds of bullets, as well as their vehicles. Prosecutors said they had brought the pistols from Turkey.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 19 - George C. Marshall European Center for Security  Studies started Tuesday two conferences with the Adriatic Charter nations _  Albania, Croatia and Macedonia _ on countering corruption, organized crime and illicit trafficking and their European Union and NATO integration efforts. The Center located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, collected some 40 senior representatives to work Sept. 19-21 on corruption, organized crime, illicit trafficking and border security, necessary actions against them, their contribution to terrorist activities and the steps to counter ideological support for terrorism, according to a statement. 
The second conference Sept. 21-22 will promote regional and inter-ministerial cooperation along the Euro-Atlantic integration discussing lessons learned by new NATO and EU members; and developing proposals for the way ahead. The three nations have signed the Adriatic 3 Charter, a U.S. initiative outlining a common military strategy and promoting regional cooperation, looking forward to being invited to join NATO probably at the 2008 enlargement summit. The three countries have sent small army units to Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. "What do we need to do to collectively make this world a better place, a safer place, a place that is more enjoyable, more stable, more secure for us and  for our families? We at the Marshall Center are focused on those areas with you. 
You are part of our partnership, which is so very important in our working  together for the future," said Center head John Rose.  The center is named and created from Gen. George C. Marshall best-known as  the architect of a sweeping economic recovery program for postwar Europe. The  Marshall Plan provided $13 billion to rebuild, stabilize and unite 17 war-torn  nations _ including Germany and Italy, the very countries that had just been  defeated by the U.S. and its allies.
"Theory and study is like a map. You can't walk around without a map. Our studying, our looking deeply into strategic and security issues, will help Albania work toward the goal of EU integration. We are coming together to share our views and work together to promote this and other goals," said Zegali, who was most recently at the Marshall Center in August to attend the Alumni Leadership Seminar. Zegali said that she envisions an "energized association present in the intellectual community." She said that the association would like to cooperate in putting on a regional event, possibly on border security or public diplomacy.
Dr. John Rose, Director of the Marshall Center, located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, said that he is pleased that the Albanian Marshall Center alumni have formed an alumni association, joining 20 others throughout Europe and Eurasia. "I am delighted that so many of you are here this evening, because it shows the strength of your desire to continue to learn and to continue to work together. That is so critical as you move forward. 
U.S. Ambassador Marcie B. Ries said that the conference was very timely for the Adriatic Charter countries. "It has been an exciting and promising year in the NATO membership process, filled with high-profile visits and meetings, including Vice President Cheney's participation in the Dubrovnik gathering last spring," she said. "NATO is a community of values, and one of the most important values its members share is respect for the rule of law and the importance placed on accountable, transparent government institutions. This underlies NATO's strength and lends credibility and legitimacy to the work it does, such as peacekeeping, humanitarian work, and fighting terrorism. Ries said that there was also a need for state agencies equipped to combat organized crime and illicit trafficking that are accountable to government and play a vital role. "It is only with such a culture in place that corruption can be rooted out, and that economic development and the foreign investment that is so critical to it can truly move forward. 
The existence of corruption allows organized crime and trafficking to flourish, and the existence of these phenomena, in turn, directly affects the prospects for regional security. Your governments have made great progress in these areas, but work certainly remains. Since crime and trafficking transcend national borders, close collaboration and dialogue among the Adriatic Charter countries and their neighbors is critical. I hope that some of the people you meet here today will be your close collaborators in the future. One of the most important things you will be doing is sharing your best practices. "She said all those countries should do a hard work of dismantling criminal networks and creating a strong culture of respect for the rule of law must be done by you. "We regard and have always regarded the people of the Balkans as sharing our values of freedom, human rights, and democratic governance. As such, we are committed to the goals of security, stability, democracy, prosperity and of course NATO and EU membership for the entire Balkan region, and we will continue to work in this direction with our allies."
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 18 - Police arrested Monday Ali Jahja, 59, who had allegedly put some explosive at a school in Shullaz village, Milot communein the north. A day later local newspapers wrote that Jahja had acknowledged putting the explosive with the motive that the school had fired him where he worked before as a teacher.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 19 - The parliament's commission on trade and environment discussed Tuesday the draft law on telecommunicati0on which dealt with the mobile companies. It asks the providers to secure and preserve for two years the data of the users. It practically means that the two companies should registers all their clients, including their greatest number with prepaid cards. That has been a long-required request especially from the law enforcement institutions. Mobile phones have often been used to explode bombs or as tools of the organized crime. 
The registers with the data should be put at the disposal of the governmental entity on telecommunication when they ask for that. Thus the providers _ AMC and Vodafone _ should register any user with their full identity and documentation. Providers will be entitled to close the phone number and cut the service to those clients who decline to offer their identity details in six months. Managers of the two mobile phone companies asked that the registration time should be postponed from six to nine months after the law comes into effect. 
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                    [post_content] => KOLONJA, Sept. 19 - Police arrested Tuesday a wanted person who was allegedly helping people illegally cross the border into Greece. Police believes his network was spread in two other districts in the country. Police arrested Dhimiter Avdo, 39, in Leskovik, Tepelena, while he was trafficking two persons toward Greece. They had paid to Avdo 1,000 euro each.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 19 - Albanian top policeman Bajram Ibraj met Wednesday with John Rose, Director of the Marshall Center, located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Rose said that 129 Albanians were following training courses held by the center pledging to further deepen the cooperation with the tiny Balkan country. Rose said that Albanian should consider the center as a point of support for the international education of the country's officials.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 20 - The International Organization on Migration closed Wednesday its project titled 'Fight against irregular migration in Albania and wider in the region,' which aimed at increasing capacities along the agreement for the return of the immigrants that the tiny Balkan country as signed with the European Union. The two-year project offered assistance to the Albanian government on the returnees being those Albanian or foreigners. The agreement was ratified by the Albanian parliament in January this year and it is in power since May. Based on that Albania is obliged to accept any Albanian citizen who crosses its borders illegally and goes to a EU member country. That also includes foreigners, which will start in 2008, who have entered the EU crossing the Albanian borders.
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                    [post_content] => TROPOJA, Sept. 19 - The U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Stephen Cristina and the Head of the Embassy's Office for Defense Cooperation (ODC) Major Larry Harrison, together with the local authorities inaugurated Tuesday the only school in the village of Valbona, Tropoja, which was renovated through ODC Humanitarian Assistance funds. The renovation of the 700 sq. meter two-story school building included installation of the new roof, electrical wiring, heating units, plumbing, tiles, windows and doors. The restoration of restrooms and repair of the septic tank, gutters and drainage system were also completed. The building features several classrooms, a kindergarten, a nursery, a library, restrooms, and a kitchen. The total project cost amounted to over $140,000. The improved educational facilities will make it possible for the school age children of this very isolated area, which includes Valbona and neighboring villages, to have better opportunities to learn.The Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) manages the US Department of Defense's Humanitarian Assistance program, providing direct humanitarian assistance to the Albanian people. This program has been active in Albania since 1996, providing supplies, rebuilding schools and medical facilities, developing water projects, and other non-military projects.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 21 ͠Albanian opposition Socialists asked Prime Minister Sali Berisha of the Democratic Party to resign because of his personal interference in the case of the suspension of the flight company Albatros.
Berisha went to the parliament to respond to the requests of the opposition MPs needing his explanation on the Albatros case. Socialists had accused Berisha that he was exploiting his executive powers to suspend the flight company in a form of pressure against the country's President Alfred Moisiu (uncle of the two Albatros owners) to sign the decree on firing Prosecutor General Theodhori Sollaku as the ruling Democratic Party majority had asked since July.
Berisha strongly denied to have exerted pressure saying that he did not interfere in the powers, competencies of the president. At the same speech he also reminded Socialists that they were supporting Sollaku, who he said would remain for a little time in power still, only to keep closed their files involving them with the organized crime. He said they should leave the prosecutor office to deal with the case. Berisha considered the Albatros case a purely legal one that should be left in the hands of the judiciary to deal with. The premier also denied that any member of his close family was either shareholder or employee at the rival flight company Belleair as he was accused for that.
Petro Koci of the Socialists harshly accused Berisha, Transport Minister Lulzim Basha and aviation department head Gazmend Dibra of making a dirty game for political purposes and for taking (Berisha) all the powers under his personal control. Naturally not satisfied with Berisha's responses, Koci came out and asked for his resignation and for taking Basha and Dibra to the judiciary hands. Koci said that Dibra kept four posts at the ministry because of being a good shill in Berisha's service.
A Christian Democratic MP, Nikolle Lesi, also supported his idea that Dibra should be moved from the post.
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 18 - The Prosecutor General office sent a letter to the government to complain about a decision on rewarding a group of prosecutors of grave crime without their permission. The government decided to reward financially a group of prosecutors involved in the recent police operations concluding with the arrests of dangerous well-known heads of organized crime networks. The prosecutor general office acknowledged that the promotion of their work was a good indicator and something that should be applied but the government had to take permission as that institution is independent. The government cannot use Albanians' taxes in an abusive way," said a statement of the prosecutor general.
The government and the prosecutor general office are from the start of this executive more than a year ago into a conflict that culminated in July when the parliamentary investigative commission headed from the majority of the Democratic Party of Prime Minister Sali Berisha asked the president to fire Sollaku for mishandling and abusing with the post.(Tirana Times Staff)

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