While the discussion about the non-arrest of Saimir Tahiri is still raging, media close to the government continue to incessantly try to delegitimate the whistleblower who first accused Tahir, former anti-drug police chief Dritan Zagani.
The curious thing is that these insistent attempts have now become completely useless; the accusations leveled by Zagani have been surpassed by the documents of the antimafia prosecution of Catania, the arrest of Moisi Habilaj, Tahiri’s cousin in the past qualified by him as “honorable fruit and vegetable seller,” and finally the declarations of another anti-drugs officer from Fier, who has also fallen prey to the persecutions of the police because he bothered the “fruit and vegetable sellers.”
But the dirt machine against the political refugee in Switzerland (a fact that should urge some reflection) doesn’t stop, but continues on auto-pilot.
In the time of the vetting, decriminalization, and the US ambassador’s declarations about luxury watches, the preferred argument to delegitimate Zagani is of course his supposed wealth. This accusation, used as a strategy by PS supporters, feeds the doubts that he would be corrupt.
A famous and well-funder journalist profited immediately from a statement opposition leader Lulzim Basha, who mistakenly claimed Zagani had been arrested in his house in Fier (even though he had been arrested in apartment in Vlora), to fabricate a list of what she thought to be the properties of Zagani, suggesting that it was a lot.
According to this famous journalist, Zagani owned a house in Fier, a 140 sq.m. house in Vlora, and well-known lands in Orikum, which the Socialists claimed had been a gift by former Prime Minister Sali Berisha.
But in reality Zagani lived in Vlora with his wife, three daughters, and two parents in the 4-room apartments of 100 sq.m., which he rented from a cousin.
The Zagani family didn’t have any other properties. There has never been a house in Fier or land in Orikum. That land, filled with the ruins of warehouses, should have been divided, according to the law, among police officers without shelter, including Zagani. But it turned out the land was not owned by the state, but by someone who had died – and the dozens of legally designated owners are still waiting.
Also Zagani’s parents own nothing, except a long and useless dispute with the government over the compensation for a couple of hectares of farmland in Shkodra. And even if they manage to receive it, Zagani will have to share it with his sister.
Zagani doesn’t own any real estate himself. Like many ordinary Albanians, he has had the illusion and idle hope that he would receive what belonged to his family, but he still didn’t. Even the gift promised by the government, the land in Orikum, he cannot receive because of falsified documents and the inability of the state to solve the issue.
But the dirt machine operated by the journalists of the regime doesn’t verify but simply copies and spreads the fake news, such as that Zagani would be a wealthy owner, disseminated by the government’s propaganda machinery.
Meanwhile, another well-known journalist made a selfie with the former Minister of Interior, showing off the luxury of his house in a suburb of Tirana, none of which appears on his asset declaration.
Maybe it was a gift from his father.