In Albania, 168 police officers have been arrested in the past year, and the prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation for 300 others, the McGonigal affair under the scrutiny of analysts, Kurti with a difficult task – to correct the mistakes of previous governments… This is part of the topics of CIVIL Media’s selection from Albanian media in the region.
TOP CHANNEL: 300 police officers under investigation by the prosecutor’s office
“Over the past year, 168 police officers have been arrested, and over 300 more are under investigation by the prosecutor’s office.
The most flagrant case that showed incrimination of part of the police is the arrest of operative Jeton Lami, accused of helping the much-wanted Ervis Martinaj , whose fate still remains a mystery”, reported the Albanian media outlet Top Channel.
JAVA NEWS: 10 questions about the “McGonigal and Albania” file
“A large-scale scandal broke out almost a week ago that involves former head of FBI counterintelligence Charles McGonigal and his affairs with several Albanian figures. After the arrest, he was officially charged with money laundering, making false statements, violating the sanctions against Russia, favoring oligarch Oleg Deripaska, whom he had the task to investigate, receiving 225,000 dollars from former SHISH agent Agron Neza and working for the interests of this figure.
The file also includes the name of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who was a friend with Charles McGonigal.
There at least 10 questions that need answers so that the position of the Prime Minister in this whole story can be clarified with facts”, is written among other things in the analyses “10 questions about the ‘McGonigal and Albania’ file”, from Roland Qafoku, published in the Albanian daily Java News.
BOTA SOT: Analysts: Kurti is trying to correct the mistakes of previous governments
“Take a look at Bosnia today, a country only on paper, this is the goal of Serbia also in Kosovo. I am personally against any such association, but that happened with the past former rulers and Kurti is trying maximally to avoid them, though it is very difficult to undo them. Nevertheless, recognition should be in first place”, says among else analyst Faton Mehmeti for Bota Sot.
REPORTERI: Chollet and Escobar: It’s time to form the Association
“In a text by Derek Chollet, Counselor of the US Department of State, and Gabriel Escobar, US Special Envoy for the Western Balkans, again they call for the establishment of an Association of municipalities with a Serb majority.
Chollet and Escobar also say that one of the most important goals of the United States in the Western Balkans is to help create conditions “for healthy, peaceful and stable relations between Serbia and Kosovo”, is said in the text conveyed by the media outlet Reporteri.
PANORAMA: Respect to the Debrans who protected and sheltered the Jews
“The Albanians don’t have a problem with their historical awareness, not only with the Jews, but also with their neighbors, even with those who kept them under occupation. The Albanian national ideology doesn’t prove a single case of having been raised to the detriment of the other. That is why Sh. Sinani believes that it is necessary to evoke it here, and not to boast, because not a single Albanian has behaved humanly with the Jews to gain honor, and this includes the Ndregjons of Debar”, and excerpt of the analysis “Respect to the Debrans who protected and sheltered the Jews”, by Halil Rama published in the Panorama daily.
Translation: N. Cvetkovska