|Report: European Integration, Judiciary and the Fight against Corruption|
Report on the situation of the justice system in Kosova prepared by the organization for Democracy, Anticorruption and Dignity “Çohu”
Some of the main problems that have been identified and that have led to the marking the Kosova’s justice system as failed are the non-engagement in solving of a number of important cases that have affected the interests of the Kosovar’ society, the lack of consistency in the law enforcement in cases that have been treated by this system, a large number of backlog cases that have been postponed for an indefinite period of time, several accuses for corruption and a considerable number of cases where have been suspected irregularities and judges and prosecutors have been suspended and taken under investigation.
Eigentlich läuft Alles wie geplant nach Balkan Art eben ab, genauso wie nun der Kontrakt mit Bechtel unterschrieben wurde, welche auch besser im Strassenbau unter der “Strasse der Korruption” bekannt ist.
Kosovo Minister’s Friends Flourish from Road Bonanza
Pristina | 08 April 2010 | By Lawrence Marzouk and Petrit Collaku
A recently completed road in Kosovo, near Battlava Lake
A recently completed road in Kosovo, near Battlava Lake
A number of lucrative building contracts appear to have gone to friends and relatives of Fatmir Limaj – and to companies whose experience in the field appears to be limited.
Companies associated with Kosovo’s Transport Minister, Fatmir Limaj, are among those that made big profits from Kosovo’s huge road-building programme in the past two years.
An investigation by BIRN’s Balkan Insight has uncovered that some firms, handed multi-million euro road-building contracts, also appear to have had little experience in the relevant field.
Balkan Insight has also established that two multi-million euro tenders issued to a friend of Limaj’s ought to have been disqualified, as the firms failed to provide the necessary documentation.
Balkan Insight has looked at every significant road tender issued by the Ministry of Transport and Post-Telecommunications since 2007. Using this information, from Kosovo’s official register of businesses, we have compiled a list naming the firms that won the 50 most lucrative contracts, the value of the tenders, the owners of the winning firms, the dates of the companies’ creation and the size of their workforces.
Transport ministry official Endrit Shala has dismissed the list as the work of an “intelligence agency”, however, and has claimed its publication formed part of a campaign to discredit Limaj.
The same official said he had records of the movements of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network journalists, the people they had met and the documents they had collected. When asked to explain the statement, he declined to elaborate.
The Ministry of Transport did agree to open its files on tenders to Balkan Insight, although it later refused to allow the newspaper to look at the offers submitted by companies.
We asked for an interview with Minister Limaj, but he declined. Instead, Endrit Shala, chief of cabinet at the ministry and Limaj’s right-hand man, said the minister had played no part in tenders awarded to his friends. He added that given Kosovo’s small size, it was no surprise that “somebody knows someone”.
“The tender process of the Ministry of Transport is very transparent. We respect all of the rules and procedures of the procurement rules of Kosovo,” Shala said.
Limaj, a former high-ranking member of the Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, was tried but cleared of all charges at the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, ICTY, in 2005. One of the most popular politicians in the governing Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, he has been dogged by unsubstantiated accusations of corruption.
Our investigation established that Limaj’s ministry awarded two large contracts to a close friend, Habib Morina, and handed the second-largest contract to date for a road-building project, worth 11 million euro, to another friend, his relative, Colonel Haxhi Shala.
Morina told Balkan Insight his relationship had played no role in the tender processes while Col Shala said he was no longer an employee of the company, Delia Group, which won the contract
But our research shows that more than one-third of the winning tenders were issued to firms that only registered after Limaj took up his position.
Given the poor state of roads at the time, the minister’s dynamism and “no-nonsense” approach has attracted plaudits. An anti-corruption NGO, Cohu, in July 2008 noted that he had “undertaken great efforts to build new roads”.
Kosovo Highway Deal Signed Without Price Tag
Pristina | 12 April 2010 | By Besiana Xharra
Bechtel-Enka of Turkey is to start building the highway to Albania for 700 million euro in May – but the final route, and final costs, have yet to be agreed.
But the research also found that in two out of the three tenders, key documents appeared not to have been submitted by the winning firms. Not supplying the necessary documentation usually leads to disqualification of a bid.
The ministry has failed to provide an explanation of how the firms secured the tenders despite the missing documentation.
Limaj told the road builders that 40 per cent of work on the highway, to be built by US-Turkish consortium Bechtel Enka, would be sub-contracted to Kosovo firms.
Man redet 10 Jahre über Korruption in der Regierung. Geschehen ist Nichts und schon gar nicht eine konkrete Aktion. Eine Art Ehren Volks Sport für die kriminellen Clans, welche den Kosovo unter sich aufgeteilt haben.
The International Civilian Representative in Kosovo, Pieter Feith, has again asked the Kosovo government to fight corruption with concrete action. Feith was direct in his remarks, claiming that corruption existed in upper levels of government.
Die Betrugs- und Bestechungs Autobahn von Bechtel & Enka in Albanien stellt sich als Bau Schrott heraus
Kommentar: man wird im Kosovo so weiter machen, das Firmen ohne richtige Ausschreibungs Unterlagen einfach den Zuschlag erhalten. Das gehört zum Mafiösen System. vor allem bei Bechtel, wären Preis Garantien notwendig gewesen, bei den schlechten Erfahrungen in Rumänien, Albanien oder in Kroatien.
Die neue Luxua Villa des Hashim Thaci in Phristina
2.000 qm Königs Schloß des Hashim Thaci in Bau auf 3 Hektar Grundstück (was Hashim Thaci, illegal besetzt hat und nun bebaut, wie es so üblich ist bei der Kosovo Mafia auch in Albanien)
Wie Herr Thaci, der oberste „Bekämpfer der Korruption in Kosova“ das Haus finanziert bleibt sein Geheimnis. Der Hinweis, dass „ältere Mitkämpfer der UCK aus
Dankbarkeit“ die Villa finanzieren gehört in die argumentative Rumpelkammer. Das Volk kommt für das Luxusleben der Politiker auf. Oder andersherum das Volk ist arm weil eine privilegierte Kaste von Politikern sich in eine reguläre Bourgeoisie verwandeln will. Dazu wird der Reichtum des Landes mittels günstige Privatisierungen an internationale Firmen verscheuert und in die Kassen des Landes gegriffen.
Gegenwärtig versucht Hashim Thaci in Kosovo, den obersten Kämpfer gegen die Korruption zu spielen. Gleichzeitig baut Ministerpräsident Hashim Thaci, sich gerade ein ein „Schloss“ mit einer Fläche von 2000 Quadratmeter, mit einem drei Hektar großen Garten, in einem neuen, nicht urbanisierten Viertel in der Hauptstadt
aus Ora. online