Former Attorney General becomes new High Justice Inspector

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times January 21, 2020 10:51

Former Attorney General becomes new High Justice Inspector

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  • Metani’s election as High Justice Inspector was rejected by the opposition Democratic Party.

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TIRANA, Jan. 20 - The Albanian parliament elected on Monday evening the High Justice Inspector, thus paving the way for the formation of another crucial new institution in the numbers of new institutions of the system envisioned by the Justice Reform.

With 98 votes in favor and eight against, the parliament voted for Artur Metani, who has a long career in the field of law. 

He has served as a legal advisor to three Presidents of the Republic, has worked for several years as the Director General of the Regulatory and Compliance Department, or the Legislation Department of the Council of Ministers, as legal expert at several international missions in Albania and more recently as the state's Attorney General. 

Metani was ranked first on the list of five candidates evaluated by the Justice Appointments Council, a narrow margin from the second-ranked candidate, prosecutor Sokol Stojani.

Metani's election as High Justice Inspector was rejected by the opposition Democratic Party. 

"Today, a subordinate of Edi Rama, the brother of the former minister and his deputy, was appointed as the High Inspector of Justice. Artur Metani, who must guarantee the independence of justice from politics, was appointed today in violation of the Constitution and its laws. Today is a bad day for democracy and justice in Albania," stated the DP, according to which "the appointment of Artur Methani as the head of the High Justice Inspectorate, contrary to the Constitution and laws, is a party nomination in one of the key positions of the justice system, which verifies and initiates investigations of all judges, prosecutors, and members of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council."

By law, the High Justice Inspector is the "state authority responsible for verifying complaints, investigating disciplinary violations, and initiating disciplinary proceedings against judges and prosecutors of all levels, members of the High Judicial Council, members of the High Prosecutorial Council and General Prosecutor's Office, as well as for the institutional inspection of courts and prosecution offices."

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times January 21, 2020 10:51