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SPAK interrogates Damian Gjiknur for 7 hours, in the scanner his assets, travels, houses and suspicions about hidden bank accounts in Malta, here are the affairs that could sink the deputy, from the abuses in the Tirana-Elbasan road project, to the file of incinerators, another ex-minister to handcuffs

SPAK interrogates Damian Gjiknur for 7 hours, in the scanner his assets,

Former minister Damian Gjiknuri appeared yesterday at the doors of the Special Prosecutor's Office, where he stayed for seven hours. After leaving SPAK, Gjiknuri refused to answer journalists' questions about the reasons why he was summoned. "It is quite common to give statements to the prosecutor's office about events that you learned about during the exercise of your duties," said Gjiknuri. "Why do you want the answers here". There are two moments that connect the former minister with his appearance at the prosecutor's office. One of them is the report on the Tirana-Elbasan road and the mention of his name in Arben Ahmetaj's file for the incinerators. The socialist MP appeared at SPAK last Friday, when he responded to the interest of the prosecutors regarding a report made by him in 2017 when he was Minister of Infrastructure and Energy after the violations found by an audit report of the Ministry of Infrastructure.

In the scanner his assets

"SOT" newspaper has learned that SPAK has launched a property investigation against Gjiknuri, under suspicion of corruption and money laundering. The investigation may not be related to the incinerators, but sources say that investigators are seizing the assets of former minister Gjiknuri, who risks being charged if he does not justify them. Sources even indicate that ex-minister Milva Ekonomi, who is suspected of being involved in several affairs, is also in danger of being handcuffed, and has even been summoned to SPAK.

Suspicious travel and allegations of hidden bank accounts

The same scheme that SPAK followed for Ahmetaj is expected to be applied for Gjiknur as well. In the facts and evidence available to SPAK which were found on the computer of the fugitive businessman Klodian Zoto, two hotel reservations in Vienna and Frankfurt for Damian Gjiknur, former Minister of Energy and currently General Secretary of the Socialist Party in 2014 result. the latter denied them, saying that he did not sleep in the hotels paid for by the incinerator businessman and that he is open to answer the prosecution, if called. His words were the same as with Arben Ahmetaj, who some time ago denied any involvement, even going so far as to declare that he did not know the two businessmen.

Here is what is said in the SPAK file about Gjiknuri

"There is a suspicion that citizens Arben Ahmetaj and Damian Gjiknuri have met. And they stayed together on 08.02.2014 in Frankfurt with citizens Mirel Mërtiri and Klodian Zoto," the prosecution document states. According to the facts gathered from the investigation, Zoto has paid for Gjiknuri Mariot Hotel worth 147 thousand ALL. "...the email of the xxx agency with the title 'Mr. Gjiknuri's hotel'" is written in the prosecution document. "...This email dated 08.02.2014 at 07.45:51 was forwarded by Damiani to Klodian Zoto's email," the prosecution further writes. In this case, Gjiknuri had left for the United States on an official trip. In the second case, a hotel in Vienna was paid on behalf of Gjiknuri by Klodian Zoto. On this trip, Gjiknuri was on an official mission.

Negotiations with the Czech electricity company, CEZ, for the Albanian state's repurchase of the Distribution System Operator. But the prosecution says that another project by Zoto and Mërtir has been the subject of talks. a concessionary contract for the installation of over 1 million electricity meters. The prosecution notes that from information obtained from second-tier banks, Zoto made payments worth thousands of dollars to a hotel in Vienna. Along with an option that suggests he was physically there and that the card was not used online. According to the prosecution, it was about an interest in which the company ITS sh.pk and AE Distribution of the citizen Gerian Kuka were involved. As well as a Chinese company, for the purpose of selling electricity meters. At that time, Gjiknuri was the Minister of Energy and Albania was experiencing the so-called recovery reform of the energy sector. That included the imprisonment of thousands of Albanians under the charge of stealing electricity. As far as is publicly known, there is no record of whether such a project ever came to fruition. So as shown by the facts that SPAK has in hand, Damian Gjiknuri is in the same positions as Ahmetaj, since corruption remains corruption. The file is being "stitched" well and in the coming days more "heads" will be expected, Gjiknuri and Milva Ekonomi are the first to risk prison.

Accusations from the opposition

Even the opposition accuses Gjiknuri of hiding millions of euros gained through corruption. "How many times have you vacationed at the home of the beneficiary of the incinerators, Mirel Mërtiri, in Malta. Malta is considered a tax haven for hiding assets. If you don't have a house in Malta, registered in someone else's name or a secret bank account created even after the concession and with your signature". They have warned that these facts have led them to SPAK.

 

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