Any truth in ‘missing’ Italian mafia waste containers allegedly dumped in Albania?

Tirana, Albania | Tirana Echo – The possible affair of 1300 Italian waste containers dumped on Albanian soil on their way to Macedonia has prompted the Albanian General Prosecutor to refute there is an official investigation as previously alleged.

The prosecutor’s reaction came after a ‘mysterious’ and unknown Italian online portal (pianetaitalianews.it) claimed this week possessing documents showing at least 1300 waste containers destined to be unloaded in Macedonia did not pass the Albanian border, and may have been dumped on Albanian soil.

The 22ton containers coming from ‘Gioia Tauro’ port in Calabria, Italy were unloaded in the port of Durrës in Albania with Skopje, Macedonia as its final destination which is the biggest waste dumping ground of Europe, whose management has been given to an Italian company” claims the portal.

Member of Parliament Agron Duka who heads the Albanian Agrarian Environment Party claimed on his facebook page that from 2604 containers which entered Albania from Italy, only 1140 have crossed the other border into Macedonia, while the rest of them have disappeared.

Investigations are ongoing in Italy and Albania while doubs are raised that the waste has been dumped or burned in the Albanian territory from the Italian mafia” said Duka.

However, in a first reaction to the affair, Albania’s General Prosecutor has refuted claims there is an ongoing investigation on the case.

Responding to Syri.net, the General Prosecutor said that “there is no investigation as previously claimed on any illegal waste containers while during his meeting with Italian Antimafia Director Franco Roberti, the General prosecutor Adriatik Llalla has not discussed over such matter”.

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