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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Albanian Defenses Minister, is spying on opposition
TV Top Channel 10/07/2012
The opposition has increased its suspicions against the Minister of
Defense, Arben Imami, by launching accusations even more severe than the
After the Socialist MPs were
not allowed to perform an inspection at this Ministry, the Socialist
leader, Edi Rama, declared that the opposition knows very well what
Minister Imami is trying to hide, and that the arms trafficking that was
discovered lately is only the tip of the iceberg of the corruption and
flagrant constitutional violations.
“We have reliable information
from the Ministry of Defense that the newly discovered arms traffic is
only the tip of the iceberg of an illegal activity that extends even to
the usage of the army to spy on the opposition for political reasons.
So, the immunity cannot defend the opposition from illegal
interceptions. I guarantee the violators that they will respond”, Rama
Before Rama reported the affair of the Ministry of
Defense, the Socialists were not allowed to enter the Ministry of
Defense for an inspection from the Parliamentary Commission of Security.
The vice chairman of this commission, the Socialist MP Ilir Gjoni,
considered the Ministry’s decision as a constitutional coup.
faced a flagrant violation of the constitution, which I would call a
Constitutional coup. It is regrettable that this Minister, who was among
the people who planned the Constitution, infringes it in the most
severe way. In these 20 years, the Parliamentary Commission of Security
has never had a similar case. I have worked with Mr. Imami and I used to
have another impression about him”, Ilir Gjoni declared.
ministry answered to the accusations through their General Secretary,
claiming that the Socialists had no clear agenda for the inspection.
claim that they have a regular inspection permit does not stand. I have
to clarify that the Ministry of Defense answers to the Constitution and
the law of the Albanian Republic. The MPs did not present their request
according to the Parliamentary procedures’, declared Ervin Kulluri,
General Secretary of the Ministry of Defense.
A few minutes after
this rejection, other members of the opposition accused the Minister of
trying to hide documentation, to the point of saying that Imami has
lied the Commission in the previous hearing session. But the majority
MPs proposed an inspection at the Parliament’s office, rather than at
the Ministry, where the Ministry will provide any documentation that
will be required.