The parliament asks Italy the narcotics monitoring data in Albania

The parliament asks Italy the narcotics monitoring data in Albania

Tirana, 17 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Edison Kurani

National Security Commission chairman of Albanian parliament, Flamur Noka has sent a letter to Italian ambassador in Albania, Mr. Cutillo, asking to be informed of the air monitoring report by Guardia di Finanza. The report has been compiled by Italian experts in Albania concerning the identification and estimation of plantations cultivated with narcotics. Mr. Noka request is based on the “concerning information that drugs in Albania are cultivated in the entire Albanian territory and are managed by Edi Rama directors in State Police.”

This is an unprecedented case as generally such sensitive information is channeled through counterpart structures and is conveyed to other institutions based on hierarchy and official demands.

In April 19, 2016, Mr.Noka addressed to Italian ambassador the request to take photographs and footage of narcotics plots by the Guardia di Finanza airplanes, according the agreement signed between Albanian and Italian government in 2011.

The monitoring was carried out, but according to Mr.Noka the government is hiding the outcome. He added: “It’s in our best interest for the National Security to be informed of the images and data obtained by this monitoring.” /