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London activates the secret plan to reveal the connections of Albanian politicians with criminals, Lord Dingeman is coming to Tirana today, training SPAK prosecutors for money laundering and seizing property, here are the "VIP" names at risk, the British project is revealed

London activates the secret plan to reveal the connections of Albanian

A secret British operation to stop Albanian crime bosses operating in Great Britain is attempting to expose corrupt politicians in the Balkan country. In the foreground for London, apparently, is Albania. It is learned that today Lord Justice Dingemans-President of the English Supreme Court is expected to land in Tirana to reveal the help of the "British Office of Justice". It is a new program funded by the British government, which will serve to train Albanian prosecutors and judges in advanced matters related to the investigation and subsequent trial for money laundering, finding and seizing the properties of those Albanians. involved in organized crime in Great Britain and beyond. As the British side will help the Directorate of Criminal Police with a logistical base and expertise in the fight against organized crime and the intensification of investigations of those who organize from Albania the sending of immigrants to the Albanian El-Dorado in England. Another important aspect of cooperation between Albania and Great Britain is SPAK. After the signing of the memorandum of cooperation, SPAK is expected to receive from the National Crime Agency "British National Crime Agency" the list of all those investigated by this agency and subsequently convicted, with the aim of investigations in Albania to identify the assets for the purpose of confiscation with criminal background. The first "VIP" names at risk in Britain's scanner are Sali Berisha, who has been declared "non grata" and Ilir Meta, who is suspected of having hidden and laundered money in London. The former president is under investigation by SPAK and it is learned that the prosecutors are cooperating with the British authorities to further deepen the investigations.

Britain's secret plan

The codenamed Crime State Nexus (CSN) project was launched by the Foreign Office and the Home Office to target Balkan politicians with links to organized crime, according to The Times. The aim of the project is to tackle threats from organized crime groups and protect Britain's interests in the region. A Home Office legal document describes Albanian organized crime groups as an "acute threat" to Britain. According to British media, they are believed to be important players in the UK cocaine market and serious and organized crime in Britain, including human trafficking and prostitution. In the document, statistics show that Albanians make up one in eight foreign criminals in UK prisons. The secret project has been revealed in court documents from a legal battle over the government's decision to ban former Albanian president Sali Berisha from Great Britain. Sali Berisha, 79, is appealing the decision taken by Priti Patel, when she was Home Secretary, to expel her from the UK to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, with a decision expected next month. The document states that the links between politics and crime in the Western Balkans create a "permissive environment in which Albanian criminal groups can operate and benefit from the political protection of corrupt politicians from law enforcement activities." This political protection offers organized crime groups additional avenues to launder money and enables them to use Albania as a "safe haven from which to operate," the Home Office document notes.

Details from the project

In return, criminal groups will help a politician during elections by buying votes and intimidating voters, the documents added, according to The Times. The project aims to break these ties by coordinating UK actions against politically exposed persons (PEPs) in Albanian politics. This could lead to the exposure of corrupt PEPs in order to reduce their credibility among the public and the Albanian political elite, which would "demonstrate the international and domestic consequences of tolerating corruption within political parties", the Home Office said. . The document adds that: "By increasing the political costs of involvement in corruption, the objective is to discourage Albanian politicians from providing political protection to CSOs." Reduced political protection should make OCGs more vulnerable to law enforcement activity in Albania and disrupt their business model.” Other aims of the CSN are to strengthen democracy in the Western Balkans, reduce "the perception that criminals can operate with impunity" and strengthen the UK's reputation and credibility as a partner in tackling corruption. Berisha served as Albania's president between 1992 and 1997 and then as prime minister between 2005 and 2013, but in December, an Albanian court ruled that he should be sentenced to house arrest while he is investigated for abuse of office over the privatization of public land for construction of 17 apartments for the benefit of his son-in-law. Berisha has denied the accusations and says that it is a politicized case orchestrated by Edi Rama, the current prime minister. He has also denied allegations in the UK of links to Defending the UK government's decision to expel Berisha from the country, Lisa Giovannetti KC, representing the Home Office in the case at the Special Immigration Appeals Panel, said: "The Secretary of State was entitled to reach the opinion that the applicant 'has been involved in serious organized crime and corruption and has used his connections with organized crime groups and those involved in criminality for his own benefit.' She added: "Serious organized crime in the Western Balkans, and in particular in Albania, has had and continues to have a negative impact on the United Kingdom. The National Crime Agency's tactical assessment explains that state capture of Albanian institutions undermines its ability to fight serious organized crime."

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