If we wanted the reform in the justice system to be fair, it should have started with parliamentarians, members of the government and high ranking officials. This is the opinion shared by former MP of the Socialist Party, Prof. Elmaz Sherifi with Albanian Free Press. According to him, the idea of offering amnesty for politicians is the one to that makes the reform a total failure. On the other hand, he adds that “there cannot be a successful reform which is not based on constitutional legal norms”. “The new institutions of the judicial system have been deformed. Several institutions have been set up and their members have not gone through the vetting process. The interim attorney general has not been vetted either and she’s appointing prosecutors despite the fact that the Constitution does not provide her with such powers.
The reform is slow and it does not inspire confidence. On the contrary, it’s being compromised”, he says. As far as the declaration of the US ambassador on the so called “big fishes” is concerned, Sherifi says that he was mistaken since the very moment he publicly assumed the role of the “mastermind of the reform”. “Diplomats do not speak, they act. He made a bigger mistake when he said that the ‘big fish’ would be caught in January”, the former MP says. Meanwhile, Sherifi says that people are not confident that the EU accession talks will open on June 28, because the Prime Minister himself has no confidence on this. “This is easy to spot in the meetings that he’s had with the French president or the Austrian chancellor. Negotiations require consensus by all EU governments”, Sherifi concludes.