Former minister of Labor in Berisha’s cabinet arrested

Former minister of Labor in Berisha’s cabinet arrested

Spiro Ksera has been part of the leading structures of PBDNJ (Union for Human Rights Party) which defends the rights of the Greek community in Albania. Following disagreements with the leader of this party, Vangjel Dule, Mr. Ksera left PBDNJ and joined the DP and served as an MP and minister of this political party. Earlier, Ksera has also been part of the leading structures of OMONIA
Tirana, 29 January 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Edison Kurani
Albanian police have arrested on Friday evening (29.01) the former minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Spiro Ksera. The arrest of Mr. Ksera followed a warrant issued by the General Attorney’s office, IBNA learns from sources of the Ministry of Interior.
Mr. Ksera was arrested on Friday evening during an activity in Gjirokaster.
Ksera is accused of theft by abusing in the line of duty. According to the investigation file of the prosecution, the former minister of Berisha’s cabinet, is considered to be responsible for abuses with several donations for the Roma community, amounting to nearly 30 million ALL or 210 thousand euros.
The tender for which Ksera is accused was signed before leaving office in 2013. He was later replaced by Erion Veliaj, who currently holds the post of mayor of Tirana.
The former chief of the minister’s cabinet, Kleves Bitro is accused of the same thing.
Ksera is the first minister arrested these years in Albania and the most senior official handcuffed so far. His arrest for abuse with funds of the Roma community, comes a few hours when there was a tense episode between police and several Roma community members who reacted for becoming homeless as the shacks where they lived were engulfed by the flames.
Spiro Ksera has been part of the leading structures of PBDNJ (Union for Human Rights Party) which defends the rights of the Greek community in Albania. Following disagreements with the leader of this party, Vangjel Dule, Mr. Ksera left PBDNJ and joined the DP and served as an MP and minister of this political party. Earlier, Ksera has also been part of the leading structures of OMONIA./ibna/