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Written by Elmas Bogdani 4 Dhjetor 2023
Although we are in the winter period, the following days and weeks are expected to be very "hot", especially for Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. It is about the investigation of Charles McGonigal, the former director of the FBI office in New York, who continues to be in negotiations with the American prosecutors for a sentence as low as possible in connection with Rama's meetings in Albania in 2017-2018 and the money he received from the former employee of SHISH, Agron Neza, to attack the Albanian opposition. The "McGonigal" file is expected to cause many problems, since the former FBI agent has pleaded guilty in two different cases, New York and Washington. Both related to his actions in Albania. In relation to the violation of the sanctions related to Derypaska, he will be sentenced to prison for a certain period. The Department of Justice will create a report on how many years he will spend in prison. This report may include new information. So they raise the issue that he did something worse than we know. Now they have the right and the opportunity to bring out other things. The decision for this file is expected to be given on December 14, while for the Albanian file it will be given in February. On the other hand, his alarm is greater, since everyone thought that the prime minister could throw it without getting wet as in the case of the photo with Barack Obama, but his sinking may come from the Special Prosecutor's Office Against Corruption and Crime of Organized (SPAK). The prosecutors have started investigations for months and even unconfirmed sources indicate that the head of SPAK Altin Dumani may have received the complete file of "McGonigal" from the Americans after their visit a few weeks ago to Washington. The very subject of the investigation, that is McGonigal, has accepted involvement with Rama and other Albanian government officials and culpability in relations with them to harm the Albanian opposition.
Behind the Scenes
This detail was confirmed a few days ago by the journalist of "Mother Jones", Dan Friedman, that there is expected to be news regarding the "McGonigal" file. According to him, SPAK can receive the file ready from the Americans without any problem. "I believe it can be done. It is usually a routine exchange of information between prosecutors' offices and law enforcement organizations in different countries. They can exchange information. Of course, McGonigal has shaken a lot of different people in Albania. So it's a crime there, and a crime here," he said. Asked if SPAK prosecutors can directly ask the FBI and the Department of Justice for the full file that mentions Rama, Friedman said: "I don't want to speculate. I believe they can go straight to the DOJ. We want you to share with us information that you discovered while working with us. They can't tell how they got the information between intelligence disclosures, but directly from the DOJ, yes. As for what the courts have, most of it has been made public and they can look at those facts, of course."
Has Rama been questioned by the FBI?
"SOT" newspaper reported a few weeks ago the news that Rama was allegedly interrogated for 1 hour and 30 minutes by a prosecutor and an FBI official as soon as he got off the plane in New York on his last visit. several days for the UN Security Council meeting. Rama's positions are more endangered than ever since in the file available to the Americans, Charles McGonigal has admitted that he received 225 thousand dollars from the former agent of the Albanian secret service, Agron Nezaj, pleading guilty, in exchange for a more severe sentence. low. In the agreement that was reached, McGonigal has shown everything, from the visits to Tirana, meetings, secret conversations, etc. In the already made public file, the name of the head of the government is mentioned 11 times. In part of it, it is highlighted that McGonigal has benefited from expenses covered trips to Tirana, Kosovo and Bosnia, expenses that appear to have been covered by an Albanian, while the meetings with Rama appear to have been organized by another Albanian, who is described as Rama's "informal adviser".