Short circuit: the astonishing simplicity of corruption at the highest level in Albania
Prosecutors allege that Koka enlisted the help of his own friends and those of his son as well as employees of companies owned by his relatives.
While issuing invoices for large sums, the owners of the businesses involved were officially earning rather meager salaries.
The owner of Pivot-04, Denizi, for example, had a monthly salary at Albania Railways of 28,000 leks, or some 220 euros. But prosecutors say he was a friend of Koka’s son, Arbi, and say border crossing data shows the couple often traveled together outside of Albania.
When questioned, Denizi said he had provided construction materials for the Elbasan incinerator, but admitted that he did not actually have the means of transport. Instead, he used vehicles provided by local residents, whose names he could not remember. He admitted that he did not know any of the people listed as being employees of Pivot-04.
“Back in the days when Pivot-04 was doing economic activity and Albtek Energy and the ITS companies transferred large sums of money to Pivot-04 and Pivot-04 made“ purchases ”in Sucrabla, Arber Denizi continued to work as a storekeeper, ”said prosecutor Klodian. Braho wrote.
Sili’s owner Silvester Driza was also employed by the Albanian Railways and later the Durres Port Authority, another state-owned company, while apparently also billing Albtek, ITS and Integrated Technology Waste Treatment Proud for hundreds of thousands of euros.
Sili transferred the money received to Wind Co, owned by Brunilda Koka, the wife of the former minister, for the purchase of real estate.
Another Albanian railway employee, Ardian Bello, ran Bellar Inert, which billed Albtek almost half a billion leks. He started working for the national railway company in 1980 and has a salary of 30,000 leks, or 250 euros.
Using border data showing their movements inside and outside the country, prosecutors alleged that one of the owners of the business is friends with Koka and the others are friends of his son, Arbi. However, the only people charged in this case are Koka, Gugallja and Zoto, the latter two having won three waste management contracts worth several hundred million euros.