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Albania, An Important Part Of U.S. Weapons Scandal
TIRANA, July 14 – The March 15 blast at the Gerdec ammunition disposal factory not only killed 26 persons, injured 300 and damaged thousands of houses, but also sparked an investigation by the U.S. Congress about the alleged failure to follow laws when selling ammunition stored in Albania that was made in China. Though the scandal involved Albanian officials, a U.S. Congressman, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, has launched an investigation directly accusing John L. Withers II, the U.S. ambassador to Albania, of playing a role in helping hide evidence of a crime. The news of the U.S. investigation was reported Monday by the Los Angeles Times. For readers, it is worthwhile reading this article to understand what democratic tools may accomplish in a democratic country at a time when Albania claims to have already become a democratic country. However, in Albania, only the prosecutor general’s office has launched an investigation while the parliament, on the other hand, only ‘sells’ attacks and counterattacks of a political character.
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