Tirana, July 8, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
UPDATE – Democratic Party of Albania publicly denounced today the speaker of parliament, Ilir Meta of being involved in a fatality accident and concealing the event that claimed the life of a 19 year old boy.
The spokeswoman of the Democratic Party, Laura Vorpsi said that this party denounces “the serious event and the criminal concealment of the news”.
“An event has taken place two nights ago around 10 pm in the village of Bilal, municipality of Manez, when the escort of the speaker of parliament, Ilir Meta has hit to death Marsel Lohja, 19 years of age, who was given farewell yesterday afternoon. This fatal accident immediately turned into a criminal event, as within 48 hours, Ilir Meta concealed the event, trying to settle matters with police, prosecution and family of the victim. No media reported the news and nobody talked about this event”, said Vorpsi.
Expressing the official positioning of DP, Vorpsi said that “the effort to conceal facts and the truth is a criminal act, a Pinochet like behavior, where the life of a man has no value, when one can by everything with money and power”.
Democratic Party says that it demands to State Police to immediately announce the accident taken place two nights ago with the escort of the speaker of parliament and to inform the public on this event.
“We demand to the General Prosecutor to investigate the circumstances of the event and to make justice as soon as possible”, said Vorpsi.
DP also addressed a request for the media: “We ask the media to shed light on the facts and the reasons as to why this accident which claimed the life of a 19 year old has not been reported”.
The Democratic Party also demands to Ilir Meta to publicly apologize for this shameful and revolting behavior which has insulted each one of us by trying to conceal the death of a 19 year old.
“The life of Marsel, the life of every Albanian citizen, is equally important to the life of every official in this country, even if it’s the speaker of parliament”, says DP.
Ministry of Interior reacts
Ministry of Interior denied the involvement of the escort of the speaker of Parliament in this road accident. According to this ministry, citizen K.B, an officer at the Republican Guard, author of the fatal accident, has been arrested a little after the event.
The Ministry of Interior didn’t deny that the arrested man is part of Meta’s escort and said that at the moment of the accident, he was not on duty. The ministry said that as soon as the officer was communicated the criminal charge of “Violation of road circulation regulation”, he was suspended from duty as an officer of the Republican Guard, until light is shed over the circumstances of the event.
DP: The reaction of the Ministry of Interior once again conceals the accident
The spokeswoman of the Democratic Party, Laura Vorpsi addresses three questions in relation to the concealment of the accident involving the escort of the Speaker of Parliament, which led to the death of a 19 year old boy. Vorpsi said that the reaction of the Ministry of Interior following the denouncement of the Democratic Party for the concealment of the crime, “once again confirmed the efforts being made to conceal the news for the death caused by Ilir Meta’s escort to the 19 year old boy”.
“Te reaction of the Ministry of Interior doesn’t offer an answer to the concern of the public opinion for the failure to report the serious event.
First of all, why didn’t the Ministry of Interior report the accident when it happened and does this after the denouncement of the Democratic Party?
Secondly, how is it possible that the head of the escort of the speaker of Parliament was traveling for private reasons in a segment which leads to the Lalez Bay, an itinerary which is often followed by Mr. Meta?
Thirdly, how come the chief of escort of the speaker of Parliament was traveling for private matters on the day when Mr. Meta was on the beach of Lalez and has been seen there by eye witnesses?”, are the three questions of the opposition.
According to the opposition, the event taken place two days ago and the concealment of the news are a criminal act and today’s reaction of the Ministry of Interior once again aims to conceal the accident.
There hasn’t been any other reaction by police following the three questions raised by DP. /ibna/
Archive photo, the speaker of Parliament Ilir Meta next to his vehicle and escort