Investigations expand on the drug scandal in Spain which involved an Albanian military officer

Investigations expand on the drug scandal in Spain which involved an Albanian military officer

Tirana, February 6, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

In Albania, Military Police has arrested two military officers and is investigating four others, accused of having knowledge on the activity of Sokol Feka (photo), the Albanian major who found death a few days ago in Malaga, Spain while the helicopter that he was flying and where 1 ton of marijuana was found, crashed in an effort to avoid Spanish Civil Guard which was chasing it.

Ministry of Defense had denied the involvement of its officers in the drug traffic.

But, in the recent hours it has been learned that proceedings have been launched against a major and a captain and against four other officers. They work in the directorate of intelligence and personnel, in the same regiment where pilot Feka had been serving for 18 years.

Ministry of Defense has confirmed the news through a press statement. It said that “for committing serious disciplinary breaches, Military Police has arrested two military officers, a major and a captain, suspected of their links with the major involved in the event in Spain”.

To shed light on the suspicions that have been raised, Military Police has pressed charges  at the Prosecution of Serious Crimes.

For over a year, Armed Forces of the Republic of Albania have started a process of reformation, which according to the ministry of Defence, it aims at strengthening discipline and military order within its structures.

A year ago, the opposition launched accusations against the ministry of Defence, for involvement of its structures and its basis in the drug traffic. Minister Mimi Kodheli and other senior officials, denied these accusations.

The debate was accompanied with the fall of an airplane in the beach of Divjaka, which was used to transport large amounts of drugs. An Italian national was arrested. The event was followed by a cementation of several military airfields in Albania. /ibna/