The parliamentary commission of inquiry fails in its intention to question the institutions that according to Berisha participated in the alleged coup of 21 last January. In summoning them he would not have taken into account the legislative impediments and the legislation in force.
The three institutions accused by the Albanian Prime Minister Berisha of being involved in the alleged coup organized by the opposition, yesterday gave a hole to the parliamentary commission of inquiry established by the majority to investigate their work "in the subversion of the constitutional order". He is the Director of the State Information Service: the session with him was postponed, by the Attorney General of the Republic: he presented himself but did not reply, and the President of the Republic: he will not go. On Monday, the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission had asked the Albanian President Bamir Topi to present the February 3 to be heard on the facts of the January 21 and yesterday Spiro Peçi, Topi's legal adviser, communicated to the media the reasons why the President did not present. First of all, the request contains a formal defect: the subject of the inquiry on which the President will have to answer is not even specified. Furthermore, it is not legally founded: by law the President's testimony must be gathered at the place where he exercises the functions of Head of State. Therefore, the President Topi proves available to testify but only in compliance with the laws in force.
Yesterday afternoon, it was the Commission itself that warned that the meeting with the Director of the State Information Service, Bahri Shaqiri, scheduled for the 17.00 has been postponed to a date to be defined "for technical reasons". What is it? Simply put, in order to be able to question him, the members of the Commission should have a certificate stating that they are not part of the secret services of other countries. And it is a document that is released by the Information Service jointly with other NATO member countries.
Instead, the attorney general Ina Rama did not miss yesterday's appointment with the Commission, but his more than a testimony was a "spontaneous declaration". The Prosecutor Rama cannot answer the questions of the Commission because it is a matter of preliminary investigation: the object of inquiry of the Commission is linked with the criminal investigation underway by the Public Prosecutor on the facts of 21 last January. Furthermore, by law, the Attorney General is forbidden to inform Parliament of specific cases. Rama the Public Prosecutor expressed his full willingness to consider any recommendation that will arise at the end of the Commission's investigation. On the other hand, he wanted to reiterate that the investigations in progress concern both the involvement of the bodies responsible for the security of the institutions and the protection of public order, as well as fomenters and organizers of violent and malicious acts. Every crime verified by 21 last January is the subject of a criminal investigation by the Public Prosecutor who can be expressed only at the end of it. The position of the Attorney General did not go down to the members of the Commission. When she left the classroom in turn, they made the media aware of the questions they would be asked, saying they were convinced that they will convoke her again.
On Monday and Tuesday, the Commission also heard Prime Minister Berisha and Interior Minister Lulzim Basha who essentially brought to the attention of the Commission what is now the official version of the government: the 21 in January there was an attempt to coup organized by the opposition. Instead on Friday 4 February the Director General of the State Police Hysni Burgaj and the Commander of the Republican Guard Ndrea Prendi will appear before the Commission. On Saturday 5 February it will be up to the President of Parliament Jozefina Topalli. But the work of the Parliamentary Commission is targeted by the opposition, the media and some of the central institutions. On Monday, the Socialist Party decided to present an appeal to the Constitutional Court, raising its unconstitutionality. Instead, yesterday on the Commission's request to have the telephone records of some journalists, prosecutors, opposition deputies and the highest offices of the state from mobile telephony operators, the Presidency of the Republic was also expressed, calling it "a blatant violation of Albanian laws "because it is an attribute of prosecutors and judges. I wonder if the return of the Brussels special envoy Miroslav Lajcak today in Tirana will serve to bring Albanian politics around a table.
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