On Thursday, the Special Appeal Chamber (KPA) suspended the disciplinary investigation into its judge Luan Daci.
The Special Court of Appeal against Organized Crime and Corruption (SPAK) sentenced Daci to 6 months in prison, converted into a one-year probation, for falsifying documents in order to become part of the country’s highest vetting institution.
A request by the International Monitoring Operation pushed KPA to launch a disciplinary investigation on May 31, which could lead to his dismissal from the vetting panel. Meanwhile, Daci has appealed his case before the High Court.
SPAK launched an investigation into Luan Daci following a report by former prosecutor Besnik Cani. More reports against Daci were also filed by former prosecutors Antoneta Sevdari and Elsion Sadiku, and former judge Ervin Metalla, but the KPA dismissed all.
SPAK found that Daci had concealed his dismissal in 1997 from the High Justice Council, lying that he had resigned instead. Daci had made this claim during his interview with an ad hoc parliamentary committee to become a KPA member.
This amounts to a criminal offense under the justice reform laws, and Daci received a sentence.
In July 2020, Daci was suspended by the KPA but he will officially remain its member until the High Court’s decision.