The "vetting", or the reform of the Albanian judicial system that aims to combat the corruption of the same system, produced the first concrete effect a few days ago.
The independent commission, the first level body of the vetting that has the task of checking the integrity of judges and public prosecutors, has suspended the judge of the Constitutional Court from his post, Fatos Lulo, since the latter failed to justify his wealth, passed under the lens of the control commission.
Fatos Lulo is the first of around 800 between judges and officials who ended up under the lens of the reform, from which they "escaped" resigning 17 between judges and prosecutors.
The decision to suspend Fatos Lulo
Two days after hearing him at the hearing, the independent commission announced that it had temporarily suspended Fatos Lulo due to a lack of documentation justifying his wealth. Specifically, 480.000 dollars to buy a home in Canada and other 100.000 dollars justified as a gift from the sister.
If on the one hand Lulo's lawyer has declared that he is going to appeal, on the other, Prime Minister Edi Rama praised the verdict, pointing out that this is only the first step in a long journey against corruption:
"All Albanian citizens who have strongly supported the reform of the judicial system should feel good today, as their departure was good considering that already 17 between judges and prosecutors resigned before the reform was implemented and that the first questioned did not it was great to justify his riches; I am convinced that we have not seen anything yet, it is only the beginning ". - wrote the Albanian premier on Facebook
Who is Fatos Lulo?
Fatos Lulo was born on the 02 / 09 / 1961 in Tirana where he graduated, in the faculty of law, in the 1988.
From the 1989 to the 1992 he worked at the Council of Ministers, in the Committee for Labor and Social Assistance. Later in the Ministry of Labor, specifically for emigration and social issues.
From the 1994 to the 2004 he practiced the profession of lawyer: in the 2004 he was elected by the Parliament of Albania as a member of the national council of radio and television (KKRT).
From the 2005 to the 2013 he was a member of the high court, while at the end of that year he was appointed a member of the Constitutional Court.
Constitutional court risks impasse after suspension of Fatos Lulo
The Albanian Constitutional Court risks finding itself in a total impasse after the suspension of its judge Fatos Lulo.
The Court remained with only 5 judges, instead of 9 of which it is composed. Its decisions are valid if taken with at least 5 votes, otherwise any appeal is rejected. The problem is that currently vacancies cannot be filled in a short time.
With the entry into force of the judicial reform, the appointment of new members must pass through the Council for nominations in the judicial system, a body recently established in Albania.
And yet, candidates should also first be subjected to the process of verifying vocational training and monitoring their assets.