On today's morning, 16 July, the High Council of the Prosecutor's Office (KLP) issued a list of 15 prosecutors who will be part of SPAK (special anti-corruption prosecutor), a new special body set up in Albania to fight corruption.
However, now the 15 candidates will have to overcome the two phases of the vetting, the control and analysis process to which the representatives of the Albanian judicial system are subjected. This new body implies a new function for the special prosecution, which will investigate crimes and political corruption.
The fifteen current candidates: Altin Dumani, Anton Martini, Elisabeta Imeraj, Arben Kraja, Doloreza Musabelliu, Klodian Braho, Manjola Kajana, Edvin Kondili, Ened Nakuçi, Elida Kaçkini, Ndini Tavani, Behar Dibra, Anita Jella, Besnik Muçi, Enkeleda Millonaj .
The High Council of the Prosecutor's Office (KLP)
The high council of the prosecutor's office is the institution that according to the law should propose to the parliament the name of the new attorney general of Albania.
The KLP is also decisive for the appointment of members of the Special Prosecutor's Office (Bkh), whose dependencies will also be the National Agency for Investigations (Bkh), a structure that follows the model of the US FBI.
The two new institutions will have as their main objective the fight against organized crime and high-level corruption.
What will SPAK investigate?
The jurisdiction of the SPAK and the National Investigation Agency (BKH) - the operational arm of the investigations into the alleged crimes of senior state officials, modeled according to the Croatian and Romanian experience - will extend throughout the Albanian territory.
SPAK's special prosecutors will be given all cases related to the corruption of senior officials and those concerning organized crime. The body will be able to investigate the President of the Republic, the prime minister, the government and the deputies, as well as the senior officials of other institutions.
The law obliges any police officer and the anti-money laundering directorate to report suspected cases to SPAK, which will evaluate and decide later whether there are grounds for legal action. Furthermore, SPAK prosecutors may also decide to take cases from other prosecutors when they are deemed to be their responsibility. Similarly, SPAK prosecutors will be able to investigate their colleagues in the cases provided for by law.
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