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Written by Aleksandra HOXHAJ 25 Tetor 2021
The United States is expected to expand the range of officials who can be declared "non grata". Currently section 7031 (c) of the budget law penalizes the corrupt and officials abuse human rights. Meanwhile, the approval of the US budget for 2022 is expected to bring an expansion of crimes that may lead to "non grata" declarations. According to a document drafted by the Committee on Budgetary Affairs in the US Congress, the Secretary of State has the right to declare "non grata" also officials related to drug trafficking and those who put pressure on the justice system. In making a determination regarding "corrupt officials" in accordance with Article 7031 (c) of this law, the Secretary of State shall consider the involvement of an individual in narcotics trafficking, campaign financing through narcotics trafficking, abuse of office and obstruction of legal proceedings, including those individuals listed in the “corrupt officials” report required under this section in Report Room 116–444. "The secretary must also make every effort to make public and submit the application of Article 7031 (c) for visa restrictions as a strong anti-corruption message." On the other hand, it is known that there may be a limitation of funds for countries that have many officials declared "non grata". "Funds will be made available only to central government entities that have demonstrated an effective partnership with the United States Government: No credible allegations of corruption,
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Recall that on February 15, 2018, the former Chief Prosecutor of Albania, Adriatik Llalla, was officially barred from entering the United States following an announcement made public by former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Llalla was accused by America of corruption and gross human rights violations. Defining him and his family as "non grata" was the first important US decision after the start of justice reform in Albania. This decision was followed by another announcement "non grata" by DASH on April 16, 2018 of former MP Tom Doshi with the same accusations, for corrupt affairs. Later, another name from the ranks of the Socialist Party was added to the black list of "non grata". On July 30, 2019, the former mayor of Durrës, Vangjush Dako together with his family were designated "non grata" by DASH. At the time, the Secretary of State stated that Dako was involved in major corruption cases. And finally, on May 19, 2021, the DASH declared former Prime Minister Sali Berisha "non grata", an issue that brought a lot of controversy and reactions. DASH in its decision stated that Berisha had undermined democracy and was enriched together with his allies at the expense of the citizens.