Parliament Speaker says Albanians found criminality and drugs among Europeans

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 10, 2018 19:02

Parliament Speaker says Albanians found criminality and drugs among Europeans

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  • “We made a choice to topple dictatorship and open Albania up, instead of staying as we were. And this phenomena wasn’t brought by Albanians, it was found among Europeans,” Ruçi said.

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TIRANA, May 9 – The Speaker of the Albanian Parliament Gramoz Ruçi said on Wednesday concerning the country’s “cannabization” and rise in criminality and drug trafficking that it wasn’t Albanians who caused them, but rather found them among Europeans.

“Someone might call me nostalgic, but that system didn’t have drugs, criminality, corruption or any of this phenomena. We made a choice to topple dictatorship and open Albania up, instead of staying as we were. And this phenomena wasn’t brought by Albanians, it was found among Europeans,” Ruçi said referring to Albania’s communist regime, under which he served as a young political official.

In a media conference during Europe Day, Ruçi spoke responding to the issues raised by eight Dutch MPs that visited Albania on a fact-gathering mission in the context of the country’s EU integration, but who remain skeptic concerning the surge of criminality, corruption and cannabis trafficking.

“I’d tell my Dutch colleagues that if cannabis is a black stain in Albania, the technology and the market come from the Netherlands. I am not accusing the Netherlands, but we have the right not to be identified with this, but rather with what we have achieved,” Ruçi continued.

According to him, Albanians who have grown up and live in the EU have been contributing, and even renowned, members of society. Among them, Ruçi mentioned the two other Albanian-origin singers representing Italy and Cyprus in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, as well as numerous Albanian football players signed in international teams.

Ruçi didn’t fail to mention former Minister of Interior Saimir Tahiri’s recent parliamentary resignation, calling giving up his lawmaker immunity a “moral act” that should be acknowledged.

“During my 27 years in parliament there have been many accusations for lawmakers right and left, from 1991 to this day, starting from me. No one gave up their mandate. It is the first case that should be welcomed and appreciated,” Ruci said.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 10, 2018 19:02