Head of Appeals Prosecution to be re-evaluated after Public Commissioner’s complaint

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times April 22, 2019 12:20

Head of Appeals Prosecution to be re-evaluated after Public Commissioner’s complaint

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  • Public Commissioner Darjel Sina complained to the Special Appeals College on Friday demanding the IQC’s decision to confirm him to duty be revoked and that Sina be dismissed.

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TIRANA, April 21 – Head of Tirana’s Appeals Prosecution Dritan Peka will face the Independent Qualification Commission (IQC) under the vetting process once more, after his controversial re-assignment to duty on March 4.

Public Commissioner Darjel Sina complained to the Special Appeals College on Friday demanding the IQC’s decision to confirm him to duty be revoked and that Sina be dismissed.

Sina’s appeal included all three re-evaluation criteria, based on the investigation documents completed at this point by the IQC and two new registered denouncements concerning Peka.

One of the denouncements, according to Sina, raises doubts over ties with incriminated persons, while the second over the preliminary withdrawal from the appeal against a criminal decision.

The IQC referred for possible disciplinary proceeding a “suspicious” employment practice at the Tirana Appeals Prosecution Office.

Meanwhile, BIRN showed during an earlier investigation that the employee the IQC referred to was the brother-in-law of former General Prosecutor Adriatik Llalla – recruited by Peka without public announcement, without adequate education and under salary even when he was abroad.

Unlike the IQC, Sina argued in his statement that Peka made a contradictory statement and failed to explain the source of his property convincingly.

The main problems identified by Sina relate to the purchase of a 94.6 square meter apartment in Tirana, the benefit of a soft loan contrary to the Council of Ministers Decision and a financial analysis which overrides the stated savings.

Peka’s wife – an employee at the Prime Minister’s Office – applied for a loan with mitigating conditions in 2007. The loan contract was signed in 2010 and according to the investigation conducted by the IQC, the money was transferred to a construction company.

However, the ordered contract was revoked by the spouses and the amount of 5 million ALL was used to purchase an apartment in Vlora and decorate it.

The IQC, in its decision, said that although the approval of the soft loan is dubious as Peka’s family is not economically unstable, there was not enough evidence of illegal actions undertaken by them.

The Public Commissioner also considered the IQC’s decision on Peka’s professional integrity unjust, as he said the reasoning behind the employment of Llalla’s brother-in-law does not correspond to the factual situation based on the documentation administered by the Commission.

At the end of the appeal, Sina requested a full investigation repetition for Peka, this time in front of a judicial body of the Special Appellate Panel. At the conclusion of the trial case, Sina said the judging body should decide to dismiss Peka from duty.

Peka started his career in the justice system in 1997 as a prosecutor in Tirana and holds the position of the head of Tirana’s Appeals Prosecution since 2015. Peka’s vetting process was conducted by trial troops composed of Roland Ilia, Lulzim Hamitaj and Olsi Komici, who unanimously decided on his re-assignment.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times April 22, 2019 12:20