Aida Hajnaj, deputy director of the State Police, is the name proposed by the Special Prosecutor for the direction - with a five-year mandate - of the new BKH, the National Agency for Investigations in Albania.
The proposal will now pass into the hands of the High Council of the Prosecutor's Office (KLP), which will officially approve the appointment of Aida Hajnaj as head of the BKH.
"The Commission, after examining the documentation of the four candidates remaining in the tender, in relation to the expected criteria that must be met by the director of the BKH, decided to recommend the appointment of Aida Hajnaj to the High Council of the Prosecutor for a term of 5 years. " - reads the press release published by SPAK, the new anti-corruption prosecutor in Albania.
The National investigation agency (BKH) is the investigative unit of SPAK, the new special anti-corruption prosecutor who will be responsible for investigating and prosecuting corruption, organized crime, as well as crimes committed by senior state officials.
In many ways the BKH is very similar to the American FBI, which investigates high-level crimes in the United States, and in fact BKH investigators will be "trained" in the FBI academy in Virginia. Furthermore, the law concerning SPAK provides for an international commission to supervise the preparation and training of BKH investigators.
The latter is made up of a director and an investigative team, who will have to meet important criteria similar to those of the FBI. The director and investigators who will be selected will have their bank accounts and phone calls constantly monitored to ensure that they fulfill their roles with integrity.
In the past, anyone with money or power had the ability to influence the judiciary in his favor. Now the Constitution offers SPAK strength and independence to oppose high corruption.
Indeed, SPAK and BKH will investigate high-level corruption with special prosecutors who will be able to send these important cases to court. Corrupt high officials and organized crime bosses will have to face and deal with justice. Special prosecutors and BKH will ensure that no one is above the law.
Ambassador Kim: step forward in the reform of the judicial system
The U.S. ambassador to Tirana, Yuri Kim, welcomed the proposed appointment of Aida Hajnaj to head the BKH:
"Another step forward on the path to reforming the judicial system was made after the selection committee sent Aida Hajnaj's name to KLP for official nomination. Next stop: their training with the FBI. The wall is made stone by stone."- reads the post published on social media by Ambassador Kim.
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