The Files Authority has reacted after the comments that the former president Ilir Meta is the politician with the initials IM that was part of the secret files of the former State Security.
The authority emphasizes that all interested parties should follow the legal path for information on this matter.
The authority refutes the news that refer decisions and files of various citizens as part of daily work.
Ilir Meta denied the claims that he is the politician with the initials IM that was part of the secret files of the former State Security.
He challenged the authority of the files to make the documents public, while looking back on his past Ilir Meta remembered that in the Faculty of Economics where he studied there were dozens of students with the same initials, even one of his classmates had same name and last name.
Ilir Meta called it a political game, while strongly attacking the Files Authority, accusing it of falsifying documents, since according to him, since 1992, he has undergone all verifications and his past has come out clean.
He will not go to justice for the tarnishing of his name, as he says that he has not received any document from the File Authority, nor from the Speaker of the Assembly, for whom he indicated that he has lost respect.
The institution is waiting for the proposed legal changes, in order to carry out the relevant research and verifications for the cases, stressing that the cases referred to the Assembly are not subject to verification, due to the legal obstacle.
Files Authority’s full post:
On the responses to the notification of the Authority for problems in the implementation of the law no. /
– The Authority for Information on the Documents of the former State Security came out with an official announcement on July 26, on the problems in verifying the purity of the image of officials, high public officials and central and local elected officials, information that was forwarded to them, with the relevant proposals, Parliament of Albania.
During this time, many interpretations have circulated on the information conveyed by the institution. The authority refutes the news that refer to decisions and files of various citizens, (such as No. 227, dated 27.05.2022) part of daily work, regularly published on the official website.
The institution invites all those interested to follow the legal path for information, based on law no. 119/2014, “On the right to information” and law no. 45/2015, amended. Any affected or named party can exercise the right to information about files of the former State Insurance. The authority verifies with professional responsibility any claim on referred or requested materials. Currently, the institution is processing requests for information on the announcement of July 26.
The Authority is not affected in the exercise of its activity for information and continues its work, based on legality, transparency, protection of the right to private life and personal data, protection of data that constitute classified information and cooperation between state institutions.
The institution is waiting for the proposed legal changes, to carry out the relevant research and verifications for the cases, which will take their treatment time. The cases referred to the Assembly are not subject to verification, due to the legal obstacle cited earlier.
The file authority in the letter sent to the Assembly says that:
Taking encouragement from the latest denunciation received in the institution on the purity of the image of one of the highest personalities of the state such as the former president of the republic Ilir Metaj, equipped with a certificate of purity of the image from the Mezini and Bezhani Commission, confirmed by our side with the decision dated 28.04.2017, it turns out that it actually appears in the documents created by the former state security structures. If the institution were in the conditions of reverifying the purity of Ilir Metaj’s image, which is not allowed by article 29 point 4 of the functional law, the research results would change.
The Dossier Authority has also shown other details regarding the former insurance materials for the IM citizen.
Based on Article 5 on the Right to Information on the documents of the former Insurance, to inform the IM citizen where, on the basis of verifications, there are documents in the archives of the former State Insurance. Processing file number 2565 consisting of a total of 140 digitized anonymized pages placed in Cd format that exist in the archives of the authority for the IM subject.
The Speaker of the Assembly Lindita Nikolla called it a shocking case and the Assembly must definitely react.
“That’s why today I called the leaders of the groups and the leaders of the security committee and the law committee, who I informed them about the letter from the Authority, the identity of the politician with the initials IM, as well as my readiness to convene the Assembly at any time that the forces political will need. I want to thank the Files Authority for the fair, independent and professional response, as well as for the courage in addressing this case, which raises important questions for our society and for political forces.”- said Lindita Nikola.
In Albania, according to the law, it is forbidden to take a public duty by former employees of the state security, only for the leaders of the new bodies of justice. If the socialist majority is to draft a new bill that would ban the candidacy of politicians affiliated with the former security, it will need 84 votes along with a constitutional amendment.