Tirana, Albania (Tirana Echo) – Tom Doshi, an Albanian member of parliament, has been banned from the United States together with his family due to involvement in significant corruption.
The news was confirmed by the US Department of State which has publicly designated Albanian MP Tom Doshi under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act, due to his involvement in significant corruption.
The decision makes him the second person from Albania to be barred from the US in recent weeks, with the country’s former general prosecutor Adriatik Llalla being also designated by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act due to his involvement in significant corruption earlier in February.
The newly approved bill in Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the US Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or gross violations of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States. The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their family members.
In addition to the designation of Mr. Doshi, the US State Department has also publicly designated Mr. Doshi’s spouse, Xhovana Doshi, his adult daughter, Briana Doshi, his adult son, James Doshi, and his minor children.
In response to the statement, Mr. Doshi said he is clean and that his family members are Australian citizens not needing a visa to enter the United States.
Mr. Doshi, a famous businessman in the small Balkan country, said he will clarify everything and that he was Albania’s biggest taxpayer. He is also the country’s richest member of parliament according to OpenData.al.
Albania is under pressure to get its act together in cleaning up its highly corrupt political system and implement a highly controversial reform of the justice system which is backed from the European Union and the United States.
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