An Albanian prosecutor in Tirana launched a formal investigation into the maritime border agreement, which was signed by the previous Albanian and Greek governments.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati said that the prosecution office must investigate the agreement, as he suspects that Albania’s interests have been violated.
In 2010, the country’s Constitutional Court cancelled the agreement between Greece and Albania, as the judge ruled it was unconstitutional and went against national interests.
“The Prosecutor General has all the respective documentation and the Constitutional Court verdict on his hand, together with the international practice, which has been violated by the Court” Bushati said and added: “The Tirana Prosecution has strong suspicions that the interests of Albania have been violated through the maritime border agreement. For this reason, a criminal lawsuit has been filed, some days after the Prosecution filed a voluminous material for the most debated case of 2009. The Prosecutors verified this case for some time, until they were convinced that the material of the Foreign Ministry has enough data to make them suspect that the criminal code has been violated”.
Citing sources from the Tirana Prosecution office, albeu news website reports that 11 experts involved in the maritime border agreement of 2009 are expected to appear before the prosecutors and testify.
Local TV station Top Channel said that prosecutors have not yet confirmed if the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Lulzim Basha, who signed the agreement, would be called in for questioning.
The issue of delineating the maritime borders with Albania is crucial as it might interfere with Greek exploration of hydrocarbons, which is now moving along in 20 areas in the Ionian Sea and south of Crete.
One of these areas lies on the sea border between Greece and Albania.
The ministerial decisions for the invitation to submit exploration offers were signed in the beginning of August and companies now have six months to table their proposals.
Top Channel, albeu