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Latest Investigations from the Balkans

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02 Jul 15

'Chaos' at Austrian Giant’s Skopje Branch Uncovered

Dubious loans, suspect commissions, conflicts of interests and grossly inflated profits are among the allegations levelled at the Macedonian branch of construction titan Alpine Bau in two audits published by Balkan Investigative Reporting Network for the first time today.

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20 Jun 15

Failed Hypo Bank Owed €42m for Unbuilt Montenegro Resort

A mysterious tale involving two of the Balkan’s most powerful businessmen, 42m euros of risky loans and a Montenegrin luxury resort that was never built shines a light on the reckless lending that pushed Hypo Bank into bankruptcy.

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17 Jun 15

Criminal Pasts of Albanian Election Candidates Exposed

Police data obtained by BIRN in Italy and Switzerland show that at least three candidates running in Sunday’s elections have criminal records.

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15 Jun 15

Fraudulent Debt Collection Schemes Cost Albania Millions

After CEZ bought the power utility in Albania, it partnered with a local businessman to collect unpaid bills – but ended it up being swindled by him.  

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09 Jun 15

Dahlan Family’s Serbia Land Deal Revealed

Relatives of former Gaza security chief and Palestinian leadership rival Mohammed Dahlan have owned 2million euro of land outside Belgrade for almost a decade, BIRN can reveal.

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08 Jun 15

Veselinovic-linked Consortium Bags 75m Dollar Contract in Secret Deal

A company controlled by the Serbian state has quietly given a multi-million-dollar road construction contract to a consortium linked to Zvonko Veselinovic that has little highway-building experience, BIRN can reveal.

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25 May 15

Serbian Art Purchases Leave Artists Short-Changed

The Ministry of Culture has opened a new call for the purchase of art works - but some of the artists who sold their work a year ago say they still have not been paid.

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22 May 15

ISIS Killed Albanian Jihadist Who Wanted Out

Ervin Hasanaj, an Albanian jihadist recently executed by ISIS, was apparently killed because he was trying to go home.

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18 May 15

Mass Depopulation Threatens Bosnia’s Future

Bosnia faces bleak future as more and more citizens emigrate, leaving behind ethnic tensions and economic and social decline.

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01 May 15

Albanian Judges’ Wealth Escapes Scrutiny

The 25 judges of the Tirana Appeals Court collectively own real estate worth more than 5 million euro, in spite of earning only modest salaries - but attempts to query their assets have gone nowhere.

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23 Apr 15

Serbia’s Kosovo Cover-Up: Who Hid the Bodies?

The Belgrade officials and policemen who took hundreds of murdered Albanians’ corpses from Kosovo to Serbia and concealed them in mass graves have never been prosecuted in their home country.

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22 Apr 15

Murder Plot Claim Dogs Kosovo’s New Top Prosecutor

Letter sent to President linking Aleksander Lumezi to grave crimes has added to the troubles of the judiciary in Kosovo.

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14 Apr 15

Drugs, Diamonds and Bullets: Balkan Arms Firm Linked to Criminal Investigations

The Montenegrin government sold its multimillion euro defence firm to an Israeli-Serbian consortium linked to businessmen embroiled in criminal investigations into alleged drug smuggling, money laundering and arms trafficking, BIRN can reveal.

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09 Apr 15

Albania’s Judges Protect Each Other From the Law

The High Council of Justice turns a blind eye to judges’ misdeeds, perpetuating a culture of impunity in the corrupt justice system.

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03 Apr 15

Crime Bosses Find Albania a Safe Haven

Fugitive drug traffickers and organized crime figures are evading European extradition requests by exploiting legal loopholes and Albania’s weak justice system.