Opposition wants anti-mafia law to strike economy's oligarchs too

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times September 28, 2018 08:58

Opposition wants anti-mafia law to strike economy's oligarchs too

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  • Following the launch of its initiative for the verification of politicians’ assets and ties with crime, the opposition announced its plans to extend the effects of the anti-mafia law, which will target organized crime, to include the economic sector and, more specifically, concessions or tenders which according to the opposition are granted or acquired in a corrupt manner.

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TIRANA, Sept. 25 - Albania's opposition Democratic Party presented on Monday its project aiming to extend the measures provided for the anti-mafia law to include the economic sector, to private persons and public officials involved in corrupt affairs, from Private Public Partnership projects to concessions or tenders.

According to DP leader Lulzim Basha, these drastic measures are necessary in situations where the links between power and crime have also affected the economy.

Following the launch of its initiative for the verification of politicians' assets and ties with crime, the opposition announced its plans to extend the effects of the anti-mafia law, which will target organized crime, to include the economic sector and, more specifically, concessions or tenders which according to the opposition are granted or acquired in a corrupt manner.

During Monday's parliamentary session, the opposition chose other premises to propose the legal and institutional mechanism for the identification, seizure and confiscation of the assets of private persons and public officials involved in criminal corrupt affairs, whether these are PPPs, concessions, permits or licenses.

"Entrepreneurship won't see a good day if a handful of people benefit half of public funds in a non-transparent manner and corrupt acts for affairs that do not bring any public benefit," Basha said.

To prove the necessity of such an intervention, DP MP Jorida Tabaku made an analysis of tenders, concessions and PPP contracts, where according to her one out of three was awarded without a contest.

In addition, MP Florion Mima presented the financial balance of the abuses that according to him have cost the public 2.2 billion ALL.

Summing up the essence of the legal changes introduced by MP Enkelejd Alibeaj, Basha said that as in the case of organized crime, all those who have profited from Albanian taxpayers' money through corruption will be subject to the same mechanism as judges and politicians.

Firstly, the burden of proof will fall on the subjects of the law and not on the state. Same as with organized crime, it will belong to those that have been involved in these corrupt affairs to prove their innocence and legality of their assets," Basha said.

The opposition aims to put its initiative for discussion at the meetings it will undertake with citizens, with the promise that this law will come into effect as soon as the Democrats come to power.

On his part, Prime Minister Edi Rama reacted through a Twitter post.

Noting that on Monday Albania was listed among the international capital markets for the purchase of the Eurobond up to 500 million euros, he stressed that "this venture will succeed because the economy, the finances of governance are quite the opposite of what our lost opposition's mirror of despair shows."

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times September 28, 2018 08:58