The United States of America yesterday dealt another severe blow to Sali Berisha’s family after declaring non grata a few days ago for significant corruption, use of power to get rich, obstruction of justice to act and undermining of democracy in Albania. US President Joe Biden has issued a new executive order, historic and unusual, to block the assets of Albanian officials and former officials involved in corruption scandals and who are committed to destabilizing the Western Balkans, in the interests of their interests. preservation of positions and assets. The order of the American president for the inclusion of the Albanian rulers and former rulers under the measures of blocking the assets and banning the entry into the USA, not only hits Sali Berisha, but it is also a strong message for his ally, Ilir Meta, who has returned in serious concern to Washington, because of its belligerent statements, incitement to violence, blackmail, threats, attack on Western ambassadors, and the proclamation of justice reform as an international mafia conspiracy.
But what are the points of Joe Biden’s order that act on the property of the Berisha Family? First, the new order expands order no. 13219 of 26 June 2001, on the freezing of assets of persons threatening international stabilization efforts in the Western Balkans, amended in 2003. The new order also includes Albania for the implementation of sanctions against those in power and former rulers. Second, which is crucial, the new order includes not only those in power trying to destabilize the region, but also officials and former officials involved in corrupt practices.
“To be responsible or cooperative, or to be directly or indirectly involved in corruption in the Western Balkans, including corruption by, on behalf of, or otherwise affiliated with, a government in the Western Balkans, or a current or former government official at any level of government in the Western Balkans, such as misuse of public property, expropriation of private property for personal gain or political purposes, or bribery;
Point 5 of Biden’s order includes and punishes Sali Berisha’s family, after the US State Department, on May 19, 2021, declared Sali Berisha and his family corrupt, including him in the black list. Among other things, the announcement of DASH for the blacklisting of Sali Berisha states that “In his official capacity, especially as Prime Minister of Albania, Berisha was involved in corrupt actions, such as misuse of public funds and interference in processes including the use of power for personal gain and to enrich his political allies and members of his family at the expense of the Albanian public’s trust in their government institutions and public officials ”.
The announcement of Berisha and his family on the black list for corruption resulted in the action of Biden’s order to block their assets and the persons associated with them. The order applies only to what type of movable and immovable property in the United States and has no power outside of it, but of course this order adds risk to the assets that corrupt rulers have hidden in other countries, especially in tax havens.
Will the order be based on Ilir Meta as well, even though it was not declared non grata by DASH? Ilir Meta has received some strong warnings from the American ambassador in Tirana, Yuri Kim, for his attitudes, considered as incitement to violence in Albania. On April 23, 2021, two days before the elections, Yuri Kim gave this message to Ilir Meta: It is unacceptable for anyone to threaten that citizens on April 25 will use “forks”, or if they do not like the election result. These threats deserve to be punished. Those who incite violence will be held accountable for the consequences of their words and actions. Stop ”. There is no doubt that all Ilir Meta’s militant behavior and attitudes, provoking violence and unrest, have been reported by the US Embassy in DASH. However, it remains to be seen whether Biden’s order will be valid or not for Ilir Meta and his family./ shqiptarja.com