Criminal proceedings against former minister and deputy minister of Economy in Albania

Criminal proceedings against former minister and deputy minister of Economy in Albania

Tirana, 12 October 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

Ministry of Energy and Industry has filed criminal charges today against former minister of Economy, Florjon Mima and former deputy minister Enno Bozdo.

The criminal charges have been signed by the current minister of Energy, Damian Gjiknuri, following the auditing of the application of the agreement for the sale of “HEC Ulez-Shkopet” and “HEC Bistrica 1” and “HEC Bistrica 2” shares to “Kurum International”.

The audit has pointed out that the former heads of the ministry of Economy, Commerce and Energy, minister Florjon Mima and his deputy, Enno Bozdo have abused in the line of duty, by causing the state a 3,4 million euro damage.

The MECE, represented by the former minister, Florjon Mima and former deputy Minister, Enno Bozdo have signed the declarations of the finalization of the sale agreement for these power plants, while the transfer of the shares has been ordered by the former minister.

Besides irregularities in the procedure, the audit also found out that the buyer should have paid an adjustment value of 3,4 million euro for “HEC Ulez Shkopet “, an amount which has caused economic damage to the state interests and has been unfairly benefited by the buyer.

According to these charges, Florjon Mima and Enno Bozdo, who held important public posts at the Ministry, have aimed through their acts and lack of acts, to enable illegal consequences form the failure to finalize the agreements in all of their elements, especially the one concerning the price of sale, thus damaging the legitimate interests of the state and by also enabling unfair benefits for the buyer.

Under these circumstances, the Ministry of Energy and Industry, demanded today (Monday) from the prosecution to file criminal charges against Florjon Mima and Enno Bozdo for plotting and abusing in the line of duty, pursuant to articles 248 and 25 of the Criminal Code. Based on these articles, defendants may receive up to 7 years imprisonments’.

Ministry of Energy and Industry is conducting an audit for all concessionary agreements, with the aim of verifying the compliance with legal obligations and procedures. /ibna/