Appellate College to review head of High Court’s re-appointment to duty

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times October 15, 2018 14:47

Appellate College to review head of High Court’s re-appointment to duty

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  • Back in August, it was the International Monitoring Operation - a body composed of European and US experts - which recommended to the Public Commissioner to appeal the IQC’s decision to re-confirm Zaganjori to duty.

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TIRANA, Oct. 15 – Albania’s Public Commissioner asked the Special Appellate College on Friday to review the Independent Qualification Commission’s decision to reconfirm to duty the Head of the High Court Xhezair Zaganjori in context of the judiciary reform’s vetting process.

Back in August, it was the International Monitoring Operation – a body composed of European and US experts – which recommended to the Public Commissioner to appeal the IQC’s decision to re-confirm Zaganjori to duty.

“After reviewing the Independent Qualification Commission’s decision, as well as taking into consideration the recommendation put forward by the International Monitoring Operation to present a complaint, the Public Commissioner estimates that based on the evidence and facts administered by the IQC, the subject of the re-evaluation Xhezair Zaganjori does not reach a credible level for his wealth evaluation,” the Public Commissioner’s announced.

Although the IQC decided to reconfirm Zaganjori, it also mentioned a number of problems that it had found during an in-depth investigation in Zaganjori’s wealth.

According to the report read during the initial hearing, Zaganjori had made inaccurate, insufficient and fictitious statements, while also lacking the financial sources statements for an apartment owned by him in the centre of Tirana, an office, a basement and a shop.

All these properties were included in one single building which, according to Zaganjori, was not purchased but built on land inherited by his wife’s family.

However, the IQC also raised allegations that he had not paid his state obligations from collected rents and that there were discrepancies in the cost he’d declared for his children’s education, which the IQC says was higher.

Zaganjori, who, in addition to monthly salaries and rent, had also declared high financial earnings from working at an institute in Germany, said he’d offered the IQC 40 pages worth of explanations for all questions raised during the process, and asked to be reconfirmed to duty.

However, according to the commissioner, “the subject has not achieved to prove through hard evidence and convincing facts the opposite of the investigation’s results, thus the conclusions reached by the commission on the subject’s wealth evaluation are not deemed correct.”

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times October 15, 2018 14:47