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Albania Journalist Beaten by Sali Berisha's mafiozi


Posted on Tuesday, November 03 @ 05:19:28 PST by acl

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  • Who is Mero Baze
  • Phenomenom "Rezart Berisha"!

    A businessman with close ties with Prime Minister Sali Berisha viciously assaulted publisher and journalist Mero Baze on Monday evening in Tirana, following a series of reports accusing the businessman of tax evasion.

    Mr. Mero Baze beaten viciously by a Sali Berisha's businessman
    According to witnesses present in the Capriccio Bar in the center of Tirana's upscale Bllok neighborhood, Rezart Taci and his bodyguards attacked the journalist, kicking and beating him for roughly four minutes, leaving him unconscious.


    Present during the assault were also two other journalist; political commentator Andi Bushati and the editor-in-chief of Vizion Plus TV Arban Hasani, who later testified on the assault on the journalist. Baze recovered in Tirana's military hospital on Monday evening and was released on the early hours of Tuesday.

    He had ran a series of critical reports on his TV Show, Faktor Plus, on Vizion Plus TV accusing Rezart Taci and his company, the ARMO oil refinery of massive tax evasion. Apart from the TV show, Baze also publishes the Tirana daily TEMA, a publication very critical of the government.

    Rezart Taci is known as one of the Tirana businessman in Prime Minister Berisha's inner circle. His other company, Taci Oil International has spent millions of euros organising charity football matches, with the proceeds donated to a children's charity ran by the wife of Prime Minister Sali Berisha.

    In a statement on Tuesday Albanian police announced that they had arrested two of the businessman's bodyguards and Rezart Taci himself was wanted for questioning. Taci had earlier denied that he had participated in the attack. Albania's Union of Journalist strongly condemned the assault against Baze and called on authorities to bring the culprits to justice.

    Mr. Rezart Taci
    “This acts proves that the Albanian journalist is threatened in every moment by brutality and criminal violence,” said the union in a statement. “The fact that similars attacks are repeated, especially toward this colleague, speaks of the growth in aggression by people with economic power,” the union added. Monday's assault is not the first against the journalist. Just last February, a local daily close to Prime Minister Sali Berisha, called for his murder.

    In graphic detail, the article called for the assassination of Baze, whose own newspaper is attacking or being attacked by Berisha on a daily basis.

    “In order to open his head, Mero should be put with his shoulders against the wall. A thick knife should be snapped on his throat, without any anesthesia, so he does not fall asleep and can see everything for himself,” read the article published in Koha Jone. “The crushing of the skull can be done in several ways, bashing against the wall, with a hammer, blowing it up or sawing through it.” Baze's Tema newspaper has focused on investigative reporting, many of its stories attacking officials for alleged graft and corruption. On 8 January, police evicted the newspaper from its offices in a government building, despite a court order blocking the eviction.

    The publisher's luxury BMW went also up in flames on last New Year’s Eve in what Baze said was an attack, but which police described as self-combustion due to a short circuit.


    Who is Mero Baze ?

    Mr. Mero Baze
    Mero Baze belongs to the first generation of journalists of pluralism in Albania, which started after 1990. He has completed his studies in the University of Tirana. During his time as a student, he has been part of the team of “Studenti” newspaper. Until 1992, he has been working as a journalist and cooperating with the first newspapers of the free pluralistic press.

    In May of 1992 he becomes the General New Director in ATSH (Albanian Telegraphic Agency) where he worked until December of 1993. His efforts to try to bring new reforms to ATSH and increase its credibility as a public news agency resulted unsuccessful so he was obliged to leave.

    In January 1993 he was elected the Chief of the League of the Journalists of Albania and he continued holding this position until 1994 when the government approved a law about the press. Baze criticized this law publicly and resigned from the Albanian Journalist League in response to being against this law.

    At the end of 1993 he started working as an editorialist in the newspaper “Rilindja”, which was a newspaper of Kosovo that was published in Tirana. At the beginning of 1995 he started working as a reporter of the American radio “Voice of America” in Tirana. Some of his reports left footprints in the history of press at that time. The interview with the ex leader of the Socialist Party, Fatos Nano, and the live reports about the situation in Vlora during 1997 have been really popular.

    In July 1997 he left the “Voice of America” because since April, he had created a private news Agency called “Enter”. The agency became very successful because of the events of 1997. This agency had its own website and service in English. During that time, Baze published his book “Albanian American Realities”, that showed, throughout facts , the delicate relationships of the government of Sali Berisha (who was a president at that time) with the American administration. The increasing of the tension between the two worsted the situation in Albania and the fall of Sali Berisha and his government.

    In January 1999 he started working as a journalist for the radio “Free Europe” from Tirana, mostly about matters of Kosovo. He want to the conference of Rambuje and it was the only Albanian journalist reporting from there. At that time, he published another book about the impact of Albania in the Kosovo War called “Albania and the War in Kosovo”. After that, another book came that was called “Rambuje and the disagreements about peace”.

    In July 1999 he started the newspaper “Tema” (www.tema.al). At the beginning, the newspaper was a weekly one, and in September 2000 it started daily. Today, it has become one of the most important and influential newspapers in Tirana. After 2005, even though Baze was known about his opposing viewpoints with the socialists he started criticizing the government of the prime minister, Sali Berisha. After the Gerdeci Tragedy on march 15, 2008, where 26 people lost their lives, Baze, once again, became the voice of the Albanian press against the government. In march 2008, he published another book called “Confronting the Anti-Opposing factor”, that was a true and detailed analyze of the culture of anti-opposing politics in Albania, during 1997-2002.

    Because of his criticism against the government of Berisha, his newspaper and the press manufacture have been closed from the police forces in January 2009 and his staff can no longer work there. The government has also been silent about the blowing up of the car of the journalist, Mero Baze, in front of his own house, at the end of December of last year. The international Media and organizations that defend journalists rights have reacted immediately, commenting it as an effort on the part of the government to intimidate and scare the journalists that criticize it.

    In September 2008 he started a daily program in “Vizion Plus” television station, called “Factor Plus”. This program is very popular and deals with political events, investigating the problems of corruption and is also a open debate about the economical developments. The program airs from Monday through Thursday and has very good ratings.



    Phenomenon "Rezart Berisha"!

    By Mr. Mero Baze

    On Sunday morning police clashed with the Police Order Tax before doors ARMO company in Fier. Scene worthy of a place where it is evident that the bandits have captured the state millions of Albanians have been broadcast. Fabula the event is simple. On one side are the tax authorities who want to apply the law too late and on the other hand, local police thugs with salaries Rezart majmen Taci, not see what happens and trucks cross the undeclared by oil plants, already its oil to market.

    Mr. Rezart Taci


    But what is the essence of conflict Taci Rezart tax?

    In May of this year I wrote about the flagrant abuse of the new owner of ARMO, Rezart Taci, with oil from abroad and introducing it to buy from "Albpetrol".

    According to the decision of the Council of Ministers no. 52, in his point 5 states: "ARMO, sh. a., inside of 5 (five) of each month, report to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy and the Competition Authority on the quantity of crude oil to buy, the amount of production carried out by refining; amount of traded products refining ; prices of purchase and sale, under contracts of sale for these products "... etc..

    This alarm that increases in May, after Prime Minister Sali Berisha, in a TV interview time News, said that oil excise has increased and that my attacks on the Rezart ARMO Taci were personal. Even guarantees of Berisha's Rezart Taci and further passed. He stated that there has never attacked people Rezart Taci as runner and that the media had confused the word "Cacija" with "Taci".

    Berisha's lies were easily demonstrable, but the real concern I had then, was the courage of a prime minister to stand a kontrabandisti god. Clearly seen that Taci Rezart had penetrated deep into the ruling family and other than that Berisha's daughter lobbying deal with his legal wife of Sali Berisha's side appeared in a stadium, where the missing money in the budget, paid more expensive than anywhere in the world a training session in Tirana Milan. The prime minister's wife files next to Rezart Taci served for a long time as his passport for fiscal evasion, and destruction of the oil market.

    But law is law and will one day face to. He became a year of not implementing Rezart Taci legal obligation to declare the amount of crude oil, the amount of production carried out by refining, the amount of refining and trade of buying and selling prices under their contracts. But this is not just his fault.

    Officials of the Minister Genc Ruli, who put his hands in the squalid affair speculative privatization of ARMO, had any legal obligation dated 5th of each month to seek this statistic Rezart Taci. They even dared to fall on his phone.

    Tax bodies were measured several times during the year to implement the law against him, but his speculation of Prime family were scary. Fabricated his talks with Prime Minister in the eyes of state officials, its slander in the pay tables to address ALL of her family and servants, employees raise fear and correct stepnin Albanian state. To show his great power to impose financial and tax authorities in this deceitful sleep made us the world's gas, stating that it would buy Bolonjën, Milan, and why not any day and Real Madrid to play in bringing Ersekë . All these make on behalf of the government of Sali Berisha.

    Now his lies can not cover anyone. Company "Taci Oil" is occupied by oil Ballshi Albanian market, causing an earthquake in customs and tax revenues due to smuggling of oil distribution in these points. Tax experts estimate over 70 million euros damages caused to the state budget from this spekulanti tax evasion, but this is an issue that should leave the investigation to the competent agencies. It must not relinquish the government and especially Prime Minister Berisha in these moments, is washing hands by this scandal. Rezart Taci will not be allowed to introduce any liter duty-free oil, and not sell any liter without registered, if there were no public protection by the Prime Minister and his family. Our administration has terrorized politically volatile to understand whom have filed Locate and whom should put dryni the appetite of government. None of them has power to hit a businessman who privatized so speculative that company and then used the prime minister and his family to produce black dot found sending money needed day. None of them had no power to implement the government's decision rules to be administered ARMO oil market. None of them had no power to stop ships that enter duty-free oil from Vlora, although this businessman, as yesterday proved himself the tax authorities, not stock oil tax to enter without paying customs. Many have explained that desperately hated themselves and their work, when his thugs go and threatened customs and tax on behalf of Sali Berisha and his family.

    Mrs. Liri Berisha (wife of Prime Minister, Sali Berisha) - Rezart Taci, President of Taci Oil
    They were in an unequal battle with a spekulant had two passports, one biometric, name and other political Rezart Taci, Rezart Berisha name.

    Now this story has exploded, and not sure whether to go until the end. Premier Berisha is silent, which is a sign of fear for tax administration. His wife, who is sponsoring its foundations, is silent and it adds and more fear. His daughter can make calls again as always when this spekulant halle terrify and this administration.

    So today we must arm them, officers simply terrorized by professionals and save Rezart Berisha for Rezart Taci. If the battle goes to the end and ends where this man has the land, then we have a good news for our administration, because family has abandoned this doll in their hands. If you do not act to make the transparency of this "Gerdec" financial and quietly closed the case, then we should pray for the courage of those tax and senior officials who are cutting back on entering in conflict with Berisha Rezart for Rezart Taci.


    ACL - 02 November 2009

 
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