The central electoral commission (KQZ) unanimously decided on Friday to cancel the mandate of the mayor of Vora, Agim Kajmaku, following a check on the integrity of the person - foreseen for public officials - carried out by the General Prosecutor.
According to the prosecutor's report, Kajmaku is accused of not having declared the detention and investigations against him for using counterfeit money in 2003 in Greece, when he used the alias of Jorgo Toro. The case provoked numerous reactions, including that of Prime Minister Rama who arrived via Twitter:
"The KQZ has again shown today to be an institution of the Albanian state that defends the law and the public interest and not an old instrument of the parties as it was until yesterday. Just as the socialist party has demonstrated today that it is not a refuge for those who violate the law and our trust."- reads the tweet of the prime minister.
The question concerning Kajmaku was made public initially by the Democratic Party, which asked the General Prosecutor's Office to verify the figure of Kajmaku.
Last 28 October, the prosecutor responded to the Democratic Party by telling them that, from the checks carried out in the Interpol office in Athens, a full correspondence was found between the prints of Agim Kajmaku and those of Jorgo Toro stored in the database.
According to the prosecutor's office, Kajmaku was fully aware that he had been under criminal investigation in Greece and had faced criminal proceedings, as he was arrested and brought before a court. Furthermore, the prosecutor underlined that Kajmaku acted concretely to hide the case from the Albanian authorities, not only modifying the name and surname but also and above all not declaring the fact in the "anti-crime form".
Kajmaku is the second Socialist mayor to have lost the mandate of the 30 June administrative elections. Previously, it was the turn of the elected mayor of Scutari, Valdin Pjetri, who resigned due to a conviction - dating back to 2003 in Italy - against him for drug trafficking.
Last September, the Democratic party also denounced another socialist mayor (from the municipality of Vau-Dejes), Mark Babani, accusing him of having been arrested in Sicily for stealing cars. However, Babani denied the allegations and threatened a libel counter-complaint.