Head of Gjirokastra court dismissed under vetting process

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times April 17, 2019 17:38

Head of Gjirokastra court dismissed under vetting process

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  • According to IQC spokesperson Pamela Qirko, during the administrative investigation it was assessed that Spaha had no legitimate resources to justify buying an apartment in Tirana and the existence of some negative bank account balances resulting with a negative balance of 6.3 million ALL.

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TIRANA, April 14 – The Independent Qualification Commission dismissed on Monday the Head of the Gjirokastra Court Albina Spaha after having found problems with the wealth justification criterion, one of the three criteria evaluated in the vetting process for the country’s ongoing justice reform.

According to IQC spokesperson Pamela Qirko, during the administrative investigation it was assessed that Spaha had no legitimate resources to justify buying an apartment in Tirana and the existence of some negative bank account balances resulting with a negative balance of 6.3 million ALL.

According to Qirko, the value of the apartment purchased in Tirana in 2007 was different in various statements ranging from 44 thousand, 48 thousand and 55.3 thousand dollars.

She also said there were discrepancies of the time when the apartment was taken by the judge’s family and the time when the payments were made.

Spaha argued that the change in value was related to the change of the building’s initial project and the reduction of the area to be purchased by her.

“The apartment was purchased in cash and the payment was made at once, before the signing of the contract in 2007,” said Spaha.

Regarding the income, Spaha also regarded the non-disclosure of income during the session as an irresponsibility and asked for her husband’s income to be included in the financial analysis.

Spaha linked this argument with a similar situation of another colleague and blamed the construction company where her husband had been employed, which she claimed had not paid her husband’s insurance and salary taxes.

Spaha is the second judge from Gjirokastra coming in front of the Independent Qualification Commission, which recently confirmed the Gjirokastra Court of Appeals judge Enton Dhimitri.

Spaha started her career in the judicial system in 1998, working primarily at the Tepelena Court and in 2008 she was appointed to the Court of the Gjirokastra Judicial District. In 2016, Spaha was appointed head of the Gjirokastra Court after the dismissal of Guximtar Boçi, who was accused of a sexual offence for which the court ultimately found him innocent.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times April 17, 2019 17:38