Accusations that Albanians, be them politicians or ordinary criminals, are involved in illegitimate trafficking of various kinds, such as drugs, weapons, and young girls, are nothing new, and have never been taken seriously by the world community. For example, when Sali Berisha, the current Prime Minister of Albania, breached the UN Embargo by trafficking fuel and weapons to the Serbs to help them defeat the Kosovar Liberation Army (KLA), the world community, including the UN, turned a blind eye to it.
Even when communist Albania harvested organs from political prisoners before executing them, the world community remained silent because Albania was harming its own people.
However, Dick Marty’s accusation, which were presented to, and approved of, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, that the Serb victims were taken by KLA leaders to northern Albania, village of Gurre, where they were killed for their organs, is drawing a great deal of attention because Albanians this time did not hurt their own unprotected and defenseless people. They harmed someone else, the Serbs.
The report also criticizes Albania for not cooperating in investigating the alleged abuses. However, according to Avni Mustafaj, a friend of Sali Berisha and the Director of NAAC, Mr. Berisha, has denied Albania’s involvement or knowledge of such trafficking. “This is a report absolutely not based on any facts, evidence or reality, which shows the clear taking of sides of the author, including a flagrant abuse of the authority of the Council of Europe,” said Barisha, according to Mustafa, .www.naac.org
The Prosecutor’s office in Albania has also denied that it has refused to investigate these allegations. “The Albanian prosecutor’s office, which enjoys the trust of international investigative bodies, a trust strengthened by its professionalism and the level of cooperation, decries as baseless any insinuation that Albania’s institutions have blocked the investigation of this case,” the statement adds. www.balkaninsight.com
But can Albanian authorities be relied upon to conduct an investigation of such a magnitude? Would Albanian authorities conduct an impartial, free from interference, and fair investigation of their own leaders? Is the prosecutor’s office really independent from politics in investigating allegations against Albanian officials?
Many people believe that the Prosecutor’s office in Albania is not an independent investigative institution as it should be. But instead, it is under the influence of, and service to, the executive branch, meaning Sali Berisha’s Office. And they have reasons to believe that because the same office has yet to conclude the investigations of the alleged political assassination of Gjon Gjonaj, Azem Hajdari, Aleksander Kekaj, and Fatmir Xhindi, all of whom, one way or another, were critical of Sali Berisha. Further, the same office is investigating the ‘Gerdec” explosion and the allegation that Sali Berisha’s son is involved arm trafficking. Neither investigation has been completed yet. One may wonder why?
Therefore, Albania, to clear its name once and for all of these allegations made by Dick Marty, should promptly call for a group of competent, independent, impartial, and fair investigator, who are non-Albanians, to travel to Albania, and Albania should give them full access to any information they need, to investigate these allegations in a fair and unbiased way.