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The Socialist Party continued to denounce the so called “affair of the passports” that have been used by Lulzim Basha, the Democratic Party candidate for Tirana, after securing a document from the system “TIMS”.
The document that was made public by Socialist Party deputy Erion Braçe shows in detail the dates and numbers of seven passports released for Lulzim Basha, three of which are common passports and four diplomatic. The seven passports were released in the period starting from December 1995 to May 10th 2010. According to Mr. Braçe, these data indicate that these passports have been used by Mr. Basha, and one of them for the purchase of the house in Netherlands.
“From August 4th 1997 to August 4th 2002, Lulëzim Basha has used two passports at the same time. From May 29th 2002 to August 4th 2002, Lulzim Basha has owned three passports. From October 10th 2003 until October 10th 2008, Basha has owned 4 passports, three of which were diplomatic. From October 10th 2008, Basha has owned three diplomatic passports. The former minister has used multiple identities since the ‘90s, for travel purposes and for benefiting different sums of money”, Braçe declared.
The passport that Mr. Basha has used for the purchase of a house in 2001, has two stamps that extend their use, but Mr. Braçe explained this fact by referring to the document of the “TIMS” system.
“Basha pretends that he has received two “extend of use” stamps for the passports, for the years 2001 and 2002, but the system does not recognize these extensions”, Braçe declared.
Erjon Braçe has addressed other questions to the Democratic candidate, adding that since the citizens come first, the response of Basha must come first. Mr. Basha declared for the media that the usage of several passports has been justified by a law issued by the former Foreign Minister, Paskal Milo, in 1998. Mr. Milo has clarified that the decision was temporary and only for the Kosovo war.