Two more High Court members ousted under re-evaluation

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 18, 2018 00:24

Two more High Court members ousted under re-evaluation

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  • Wednesday’s decision complicates even further the functionality of a High Court which, since 2013, has been functioning with a limited number of judges. From 2016, clashes between the socialist majority and then-President Bujar Nishani blocked procedures to name judgies for vacancies.

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TIRANA, July 18 – On Wednesday, High Court members Tom Ndreca and Admir Thanza were also ousted by the Independent Qualification Committee, unable to justify their wealth and shady connections under the re-evaluation law.

This decision officially places the High Court’s functionality at risk, as it remains with seven judges out of 19.

Both judges were already being investigated for issues related to their declaration of wealth, the cleanliness of their figure and their alleged inappropriate ties with the criminal world.

Thanza was accused of hiding a 1999 conviction for theft in Italy, which he said he’d taken upon himself covering for his sister in law.

Wednesday’s decision complicates even further the functionality of a High Court which, since 2013, has been functioning with a limited number of judges. From 2016, clashes between the socialist majority and then-President Bujar Nishani blocked procedures to name judgies for vacancies.

As the implementation of the Justice Reform began, appointments became impossible due to the lack of new institutions predicted under the new legislation. This has left the court with nine out of nineteen members.

With the ousting of Ndreca and Thanza, the High Court is left functioning with seven members, while another member – Artan Zeneli – is also under investigation.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 18, 2018 00:24