>Balkan Death: The Albanian Narco-Mafia


By Marko Lopusina The network among ethnic Albanian clans, maintained by ancient codes of cruel vendettas, spans the world and equally involves unknown local Albanian clansman as well as the Albanian nobility and the pretender to the throne Albania’s Kong Zog. Organized narcotic trafficking has been the dirtiest and the quickest business that makes such a large profit that the business became attractive not only for the criminals but even for certain governments. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania, Columbia and Taiwan have often been linked to official drug trafficking. There are only three regions in the world producing narcotics today. These are countries in the South-East Asia, Middle East and South America. All other regions in the world are only markets for the resale of drugs produced in Taiwan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Peru, Chile and Columbia. According to the Interpol data, the drug route from the South-East Asia to the consumers markets in Western Europe goes from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran to many centers in Turkey – Istanbul being the most important one. Interpol estimates say that about 90% of heroin confiscated in Europe comes from Turkey over Bulgaria and Macedonia. On that route, first Iranian, then Lebanese and finally Turkish drug network appeared 30 years ago. In the meantime, Bulgarian and Albanian mafia grew up on drug smuggling, using the Balkans roads, air and water ways to enter Europe and America. Production and distribution of narcotics is the main source of income and the base of power in many South American countries, in the Middle Eastern part of Asia and in the north of Africa. The case of Manuel Noriega from Panama, whose coup in Nicaragua was partly drug financed was rather vocal about the power of drug dealers. In some parts of Asia one third of inhabitants make their living by smuggling drugs that sometimes end up on the streets of cities like Zurich and Amsterdam in Europe where drug addicts live and die in the streets.

In the countries where narco-mafia predominates, power and purpose of government has been eliminated. Money made in trade of drugs, then seeks to get legitimate and is often times invested in many developing programs of rich countries.
In former Yugoslavia, the Albanian mafia made $45 million annually in 1990s by controlling the Turkish drug chain from Istanbul through Zurich to New York. A large chunk of this money returned to Kosovo to finance separatist activities inside the province as well as use the money to buy sympathies from the international NGOs that will implicitly advocate Kosovo Albanian separatist agenda.
Ethnic Albanians were initiated as the couriers for the Turkish and Bulgarian state mafia thirty years ago. These used smuggling of narcotics as the source of financing secret political, military and intelligence service operations. The majority of them were recruited in the “Kosovo triangle” Veliki Trnovac-Preševo-Gnjilane, marked on Interpol map as a black point on world drug routes.

French expert on narcotics, Alen Labrus described Kosovo Albanian drug smuggling operations to the Washington Post as being managed by tough, merciless bands that have displaced Turks as the leading smuggling clan:
“Powerful Turkish clans controlling Europe heroin market, realized that Russian, Caucasian and Albanian narco-mafia have invaded their territory in the last ten years, looking for their part of the market and profit. Kosovo ethnic Albanians have become so strong that they keep under their control 70% of drug market just in Switzerland. The war in the Balkans interrupted previous Yugoslav channels of drug smuggling from the Middle East to Europe, but the agile Albanians have opened new distributive centers in the past 4 years and new passages to the West. The Albanian connection represents a heroin route causing great problems to European policemen and European countries,” said Labrus.

Bloody Karafaka
Story of Karafaka Mehmed-Ali illustrates the nascent steps ethnic Albanian mafia initiated in late 1960s and 70s that led to their predominance in the European drug business and a tragic narco-financed war in Kosovo. 41 years old Karakafa Mehmed-Ali, born in Veliki Trnovac near Bujanovac in Kosovo, organized one of the largest heroin smuggling operations from Turkey, through Yugoslavia to Italy. His partners in Yugoslavia, writes Italian Interpol, were Osmani brothers – Adnan and Fatmir, Latif Memeti and Ismet Arifi, all from Veliki Trnovac, as well as Milka Domazet and Ismet Lenani from Banja Luka.
Karakafa Mehmed Ali was a well known criminal figure in the former Yugoslavia. He was sentenced in 1960s to 4 years and 6 months in jail in Nis for smuggling gold, and in 1972 he was sentenced to 6 years for smuggling ammunition: 100,000 bullets smuggled from Germany.
The members of the Republic Secretariat for the Internal Affairs and Federal Secretariat for the Interior made a plan and discovered activities of “Karakafa’s group”. Italian Interpol informed Federal Secretariat for the Interior that Osmani brothers, Milka Domazet and others stayed in Milan and had contacts with Italian and Arab smugglers. So the Inspectors decided to start dealing with a group from Milka Domazet from Banja Luka where Milka had worked as a waitress for years. She lived with her husband, son and a daughter. She had a car of Reno 16 make and new household appliances, and went ten times abroad within the period of two years.
On March 9, 1981, Karafaka’s partner Milka Domazet took her 18 year old daughter Senka for a World Tour in her French car Reno 16 via Turkey. The same evening they were in Istanbul where Milka got a heroin load inside her car and drove back. The next day, Milka checked in the Hotel Balkan in Belgrade where she made a telephone call to Adnan Osmani in Sofia. Adnan dispatched his brother Fatmir so they can make a fictitious contract of a car sale, supposedly bought here Reno, sat in it with his brother Jakup and started on the second leg of the tour to Italy.
Milka’s vehicle was stopped by Yugoslav inspectors and found hiding place with a tin lid under the back seat 32 plastic packages of 500 grams of cocaine and 16 kg of heroin worth 1.6 million Deutsche Marks. Fatmir, Jakup and Milka were arrested were arrested as well as Milka along with Sabedin Sabedini from Istanbul. Police was informed, however, that Sabedin is the false name for Karakafa Mehmed Ali, but were surprised that he’d dare come to Yugoslavia.
Sabedini was claiming that it was his real identity, that he was a trader from Istanbul and that he was in Belgrade on business. Only when he was showed his photo with fingerprints taken at his arrest in Nis did he changed his story.
He admitted to be working on behalf of three Turkish citizens having a lab for heroin production in a Turkish town of Gaziantep. The drugs were then transported to Istanbul where ethnic Albanians Latif Memeti and Ismet Arifi from Veliki Trnovac and Salih Lenani and Milka Domazet would transport them to Milan, Italy.
Adnan and Fatmir Osmani were shipping caretakers assuring prompt deliveries. Once Osmani brothers assured Milan deliveries, Karafaka would fly to Milan from Istanbul and sale the heroin to Italian or Arab mob to distribute to streets across Europe. Karafaka would take the money by plane back to Turkey get 50,000 DM for the transport plus a 2% commission on the amount sold in Italy. Adnan Osmani got paid 15,000 DM per delivery while Milka Domazet got under 3,000 DM per delivery plus a free Reno 16.
The District court of Belgrade sentenced Karakafa to 10 years, Adnan Osmani to 4 years, Fatmir to three years, Salih Lenani to four years, Latif Memedi to three years and Milka Domazet to 18 months. 4 Reno 16 cars were confiscated. By the decision of the President of Yugoslavia, Karakafa was released in spring of 1990.

Spanish Connection
On July 18, 1999 Madrid’s newspaper El Mundo reported that the ethnic Albanian mafia in the glitzy Spanish tourist area Sunny Coast finances terrorist activities of the Kosovo Liberation Army, the KLA. Experts at fight against mafia kept warning Spanish government for two years that there was a danger to the Iberian peninsula brought by a large number of Kosovo ethnic Albanians involved in criminal activity on bases of fierce and sometimes brutal clan loyalty. Spanish Defense Secretary, Ricardo Martin Fluja, remarked that there were 16 ethnic Albanian mafia clans in Spain at the time made up of immigrants from the Balkans that illegally sneaked into the Spanish tourist area of Sunny Coast.
“There are about 600 mafia members of Kosovo ethnic Albanians acting in this area, most of them came from Germany from where they have been expelled as the dangerous ones. Kosovo ethnic Albanians’ mafia is extremely violent and aggressive in their search for money. This new mafia brought to Spain the uncivilized way of living and organization. They behave as the members of KLA, carry guns and use them while collecting money for the purchase of new guns for KLA,” said Martin Fluja, Spanish Defense Minister.
The Spanish journalists tried to explain to their readers how the Albanian mafia functioned in Spain.
“All Albanian refugees from Kosovo, and from other parts in Europe, are obliged to pay monthly tribute,” wrote El Mundo and added that one mafia group collected 180 million pesetas in one month, about $1.1 million, for KLA needs. According to El Mundo, the biggest problem for Spanish police was the fact that there is hardly a dealer who had a legitimate passport. “When we arrest them on charges of drug possession, gun carrying, extortion… we can’t deport them because almost no one possesses a valid passport. Our government has given them the status of refugees and we are helpless.”
This Spanish tacit acknowledgment that the government is not capable of eradicating the Albanian narco-mafia in the country started to endanger the strongest industry- tourism. Slovak Republic had a similar problem especially since the end of July 1999 when KLA and Albanian authority were legalized in Kosovo by NATO forces that took control over Kosovo. Slovak capital Bratislava became one of the strongest centers of Albanian underground in Europe funneling drug money to Kosovo Albanian separatist groups.
Ethnic Albanian boss for Slovakia, Nedmedin Zeka, got to run the drug action in Slovak capital Bratislava after he wiggled out of sentencing by escaping from the Prague court in May 1999, where the decision had to be made on his extradition at the request of Germany. Zeka hid in Bratislava where he became an owner of an Italian shoe shop Italo that functioned as a cover for his drug activities.
“The special Slovak police forces action failed on July 16, 1999 while preparing the arrest of Nedmedin Zeka, head of the International narco-gang,” reported Bratislava newspapers, Radio & TV. A group of 20 disguised special policemen surrounded a shoe shop Italo belonging to a Kosovo ethnic Albanian. A search of the shop and the apartment was made, some guns were found, as well as two “suspicious” men. The one they were looking for – the head of the International narco-net was not, however, found, and the arrested Albanians were released due to the lack of evidence.
This intervention should have been the crown of a 4 year long international police action under the name Pristina against drug smugglers on the Balkan route from Turkey over former Yugoslavia, Hungary and Slovakia to the Czech Republic from where heroin went on to the West.
Zeka left Bratislava and apparently got promoted into a drug boss for Italy.
In mid 1999 Hungarian police arrested Nedmedin Zeka and handed him over to Italy because Zeka was one of the Albanian gang bosses responsible for criminal action there.
It was apparent that these narco-bosses across Europe were targeted in a coordinated manner. An arrest of another ethnic Albanian boss for Holland, Remzi Canaj, arrested around the same time, attests to this.

Once Rugova, now Taci
KLA: drug money was the headline of an article in the French magazine Poen on July 15, 1999 that explained the way terrorist organization of Kosovo Albanians had been financed. Poen said that it was using information from Geneva security report and concluded that KLA was supported by Kosovo Albanian immigrants in Switzerland and Germany, but the main financing, said the text, originated from drug trafficking.
Poen said that “every employed Kosovar has to contribute SF 4000 for the KLA.” As evidence they quoted Bardhil Mahmuti, one of KLA leaders in Switzerland:
“Since the end of 1998 our money from abroad, either from immigrant workers or gangsters, was used only for the purchase of guns for the fight against the Serbs,” said Mahmuti.
Two of the largest Kosovo Albanian emigrant communities in Europe, the 180,000 strong Swiss and 150,000 German expatriates, financed Kosovo Democratic association headed by Ibrahim Rugova with the contribution amounting to 3% of the earnings, elaborated Poen. According to Poen, the contributed funds financed “40% of the budget of the separatist government in Pristina,” that was led by current president Ibrahim Rugova. Rugova’s primacy in funding got displaced when a para-military group was formed and became the main recipient of the money. The leadership of KLA, most notably Hasim Taci, was taking a cut from donations made to Rugova. Taci was later supported by the Clinton administration.
Despite what the Poen reported in 1998, none of it was of any help for ethnic Serbs in Kosovo. By 1999 the KLA well armed and initiated a sequence of pogroms against ethnic Serbs in Kosovo that triggered equally brutal response from the Milosevic government. Things were quickly to spiral into warfare.
American journalist Nathan Adams wrote in the Reader’s Digest that Bulgaria was willing to accept drugs as payment for sale of arms to countries that desperately wanted them but had no hard currency to pay for them. It was alleged that Lebanon, Iran and Pakistan were paying drugs for arms and that high government officials were involved in this.
According to a document submitted by a Bulgarian colonel Stephan Sverdlov who defected to West during the Cold War, a secret protocol was established in 1967 by the communists in Moscow so that the West will get “corrupted”. Document filed as M120/00-0050: 120/00-0050: “Destabilization of the West society by the narcotics trafficking”.
Adams shows that the decision to “corrupt the West” was made in Moscow in 1967 and, after being adopted by the entire Warsaw bloc, the task had been transformed to the Bulgarian government on July 16, 1970 with instructions on drug and arms routes over the Balkans to the West. The task was given to the Bulgarian state enterprise called Kintex that ostensibly dealt with imports and exports of commercial products but, in reality, was a façade for the Soviet spy activities.
Adams claimed that after the assassination on the Pope, Bulgarian intelligence agents became controlled by the USA and the Moscow directive slowed down via Bulgaria but was transferred to Hungary.
Bulgarian spies claimed that the US, Turkish and Greek spies tolerated Yugoslav drug and arms traffickers and the Albanian immigration on their territories. Bulgarian agents went so far as to claim that the USA even bought heroin from the Albanian smugglers in order to transfer it to the Arab network which they could control more easily and profits from those sales were used by Albanians to finance guns and rifles purchase for Kosovo.
The arrest of Mehmet Saha and Remo Bekoli in Brussels, ethnic Albanian members of the separatist “Kosovo-Republic” movement, illustrates the closure of the loop between drugs and international politics.
For Albanian extremist, a kilo of heroin was worth 20 automatic guns and plethora of Albanian political groups moved drugs, got rich and financed war in Serbia.

The drug route: connecting the cases
On July 12, 1998 in the Danube valley town Vidin, ethnic Albanian Agim Sali arrived at the border point of Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, on the ferry sailing to Kalafat at the Romanian coast. In his “Fiat Bravo” car with Croatian plates, customs officers discovered 33 hidden packages of heroin weighing 16 kg and 830 grams.
Agim and his Croatian fianc� Adriana Radovan were arrested and taken to Sofia, Bulgaria.
“I let my son run the café in Porec [Croatia], which I had hired before. Agim started going to the catering school in Tetovo but being choked with the diabetes attacks he went to Porec,” thundered Agim’s father Refik Sali who went to Sofia immediately to save his son.
Agim was naïve and easily let to be used by unknown drug dealers claimed father Refik who went on to offer a guarantee, on his own life, that Agim had not been motivated by money because his family was a wealthy one.
A day after Agim Sali had been caught, however, Bulgarian special police arrested the Saids brothers, owners of the restaurant “Grus” in Sofia and bosses of the ramified mob with, among other things, seven policemen as their bodyguards.
Mehmed and Juzmen Said, Kurds of Turkish citizenship, were conduits for Turkish drugs to the West in exchange for weapons to the Kurds. The ethnic Albanian Agim Sali was doing business with the Said brothers.
The Albanian underground, particularly Albanian drug-mafia is organized on the pyramid principle, with the tribe or family head on the top and the whole network of “fis” which in Albanian means brotherhood that is ruled by the head and who take orders only from the head.
Nobody but the head knows who was given an assignment among the “fis” and their members. Ordinary members, couriers who carry drug, are called ants”, it means the beginners in smuggling, and they carry the main burden and the main risk of the illegal trade in Albanian drugs. If they manage to smuggle the drug, they are awarded for it if they do not manage, they stay alone sacrificed for the good of their tribe and their family. The utmost strength of the Albanians is represented by the level of their personal sacrifice in this dangerous and secret business. Own children are used as the “ants” in many cases.
The family relationship is often covered up by members taking the maiden name of their mother or grandmother. This practice creates difficulty for the investigators to map out the international network established by the fis. The confidence in the family is kept by the stringent rules of “besa” (pledge or word of honor), so that deals were made only by the word and enforced at penalty of death.
Interpol was able to penetrate these secret Albanian crime networks in 1998 and reported that the head of such a fis in Italy was Sefcet Dobroluka, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, whose business is to smuggle heroin from Turkey. Sefcet’s brother Karcel Dobroluka, who married a Brazilian woman, had a connection with the South American mafia through his wife’s family. In the early 1999, Italians tried to break up the Dobroluka family by the police actions called ” Primo” and ” Black Man”, but the brothers Sefcet and Karcel managed to escape from the police and Italian authorities.

American drug domination
With estimated 60 million addicts, the US is an enormous drug market for the Albanian mafia men.
I was told by the Chicago police that the Albanians in America are only one in many strong links to the Colombian drug distribution link today. They keep New York and there are 60,000 of them in Chicago and Toronto and earn about US$ 50 million per year on heroin. American policemen told me that the Albanian underworld is hard to penetrate because the links are ethnic and compact and deal cruelly with informants.
I managed to meet Chicago policemen of the Drug Enforcement Agency- DEA, who told me about their experiences with Albanian drug dealers. The chief of this Department was Eugen Domart, and his associates Anthony Luna and Raymond Schnoor. Then the lieutenant Domart told me:
“We are small operative group consisting of eight inspectors whose task is to follow Albanian dealers who work on a small scale up to 2 kilos of drugs. Our last seizure was £750 of heroin and £ 350 of hashish. In the Albanian settlement in Chicago and in the state of Illinois their political organization “Bali Combart” deals in smuggling. Beside Albanians there are Serbs from America in the drug network. Last time three of us managed to bring to the court two Albanians. The first was Besim Hasnama, called Beni, and the other was Faik Gashi, known as Toni. Both of them were members of the Albanian clubs in Chicago and in Toronto. For delinquency and illegal entrance in Canada they have been already brought into court. This time they have been caught while smuggling and reselling the drugs. During investigation and in court they did not say anything because they were afraid that “Bali Kombart” would kill all the members of the family in case they say anything to the police!”
In the archive of this inspector I saw a file of Zenun Djukaj, born in 1952 whose wife’s name is Isabelle and who came to USA from Switzerland. He was 185 centimeters tall, with brown hair and bright eyes – it was written in his file. He was suspected to trade in heroin in Washington by the Chicago police.
“Zenun Djukaj came to Washington from Zurich in 1991 to his brother Redjep Djukaj. He has already sold 800 grams of heroin and 400 grams of hashish in Washington. Now we have been working on the evidences so that we could arrest him and condemn him”, said Eugen Domart to me.
On the list of drug dealers from the Albanian underworld in the Chicago police there were, as I could see, Erdogan and Arif Kurap from Istanbul, Destan Celikovski from Kicevo. And in USA prisons there were already 30 Albanians condemned for drug smuggling throughout America.
In the USA, the goods were also overtaken by the family members. Daut Kadriovski, born in 1949, Albanian from Skopje, is the biggest supplier of heroin of the American market with the turnover of about several hundred million dollars. Our Police has his file as a drug dealer in former Yugoslavia and Europe. He went to Spain over Yugoslavia, developing his business and finally settled and made his throne in America, organizing his own drug distribution network since 1992. FBI has been looking for him unsuccessfully for 6 years. The wanted circular has been stuck to all federal buildings in the USA.
According to the 1994 testimony of then lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani from New York an American Albanian offered his solicitor $400,000 to “give that money to anyone who would kill Alan Cohen, assistant prosecutor and Jack Delmar, DEA agent” who discovered an Albanian mafia cartel in New York.
American gangsters rarely kill law enforcement officials but even Giuliani was threatened with death. As a result, the FBI initiated an official investigation of Albanian drug cartel in New York and discovered that Albanian drug mafia had their head office in New York borough Bronx, that they had their branches in the Detroit and the suburb of Hamtramck as well as in Massachusetts and Illinois.
“Albanians in USA have their own distribution network, mainly for heroin. But they very often engage in the same business with South Americans and Sicilians”, said Captain Glen McAlpin from Detroit.
“Today Albanian drug mafia supplies New York with 30% of heroin coming from Yugoslavia”, said Endrew Fernich, DEA official, a special department for fighting the drug addiction in the USA. “That heroin is being distributed throughout America exclusively by the Albanians and the Turks who use their companies as a cover for this dirty business.”
The case of Skender Fici who ran a tourist agency “The Staten Island” and of Theresa Worldwide was written about in the US media. The story notes that his tourist agency was used for quick and short trips to Yugoslavia and Turkey, where the heroin was bought and then smuggled to America. The first kilo of Fici’s heroin arrived in New York in February of 1979 and the job was done with the clan of Xhevdet Lika called Joe Lika, who had his base for processing and distribution of heroin in the artistic part of Manhattan. The drug sales were carried over Chinese boutiques.
Lika worked alone till 1980, but then he joined Xhevdet Mustafa. Their main financier was Albanian king Zogu who used the drug profit to strengthen his monarchy and crown. After the dispute with Lika at the end of 1982, Mustafa disappeared. Police supposed he was killed by the Albanian drug mafia. New associate of Lika clan was Duja Saljani, the owner of a restaurant in New York.

The weapons of the Albanian king Leka
Albanian king Leka was arrested in Johannesburg early in February 1999, together with three other foreigners who happened to be at his residence in Forveis district. The police raided his house after the anonymous report that the Albanian monk in exile was engaged in illegal arms trade. Police found 70 kalashnikovs of Chinese make, 15,000 bullets, several snipers, hand grenades, land mines and different models of hand bombs in King’s residence. Leka Zogu II was deprived of a diplomatic immunity which he got in South African Union 1o years ago, as he was charged of arms smuggling.
The king of the poorest European country is the heir to the dynasty enthroned by Leka’s father Ahmed Bey Zogoli or Zog I, as he signed himself as a king. He originated from a rich peasant Muslim family from Burgayet. His family origins were from the greatest national hero, legendary army commander Gerge Kastrioti Skenderbeg from Kruya.
In September 1928, at the extraordinary meeting of the Albanian Assembly, Ahmet Bey Zogoli proclaimed Albania the “Democratic, parliamentary and inheriting monarchy”, and himself” the king of all Albanians”. He called himself Zog I. The king Alexander did not come to his coronation because Zog’s title of “the king of all Albanians” was considered in Belgrade as the interference in internal affairs of Yugoslavia, in which about 700,000 Albanians lived then. Under the pressure of France, The Kingdom of Yugoslavia recognized the Kingdom of Albania after 18 days.
On April 28, 1938, King Zog I in his late 44 years, married 19 years younger Hungarian countess Geraldine. Their only child, The prince Leka, was born on April 5, 1939 in Tirana. But only two days later, at the Catholic Good Friday, 40,000 Italian soldiers conquered the whole country and joined it to the Savoy crown of Vittorio Emmanuel III. King Zog I, his wife and son fled through Greece and Turkey loaded with 183 kg of state gold.
Five years later, at the first congress of the Democratic front for liberation of Albania which started on May 28, 1944 in Permet near the border with Greece with all delegates jointly crying:” Down with Zog!”, a law was adopted unanimously, permanently forbidding king and his family to return to the country.
The king Zog I, the queen Geraldina and their son Leka Zog II went to London after the short stay in Turkey, and then in 1945 to Cairo, where their host was the king Faruk.
While in the exile, king Zog I tried to unite dissent Albanian immigration therefore he flew a lot worldwide. He tried with the financial support of England, France and USA to unite the organizations : “Prizren league” and “Legality” and to turn them against the Communist government of Enver Hoxha in Albania.
In order to finance his political work as well as the work of king’s residence, Zog I, with the blessing of the West started to trade and then to smuggle arms which he purchased in Italy. With Faruk’s help, Zog I resold the arms on the black market to the Egyptian army for their war against the Israeli state.
In September 1952, when the revolutionary officers headed by the general Mohammed Nagib, overthrew the monarchy they immediately took diplomatic passports from the king Zog I. The father of the heir to the throne, Leka Zog II, was then accused of amassing money illegally and without paying taxes. Two years later the Zog family was exiled from Egypt in 1954.
After their flight from Africa, the Albanian dynasty was given a political asylum in France. King Zog I died there, in Paris in 1961. Next year, precisely on April 9 1962, according to the Albanian Constitution from 1928, Leka Zog II was crowned a new” king of all Albanians”. The young Leka was then 22 years old. Albanian party newspaper “Zeri e populit” in Tirana published a comment stating that “ the farce was directed by the British and American imperialists and mortal enemies of the Albanian people”.
The new Albanian monarch in exile Leka Zog II finished the primary school in Alexandria, then the secondary school in Switzerland, and two-year study at the Royal Military Academy in England. He acquired the diploma of the Political Economics at the Parisian Sorbon. Frequent migrations and life abroad made king Zog II a polyglot. The Albanian monarch speaks English, French, Spanish, German, and Arabic and uses Portuguese and Hungarian the language of his mother.
In 1975 Zog II married a divorced Austrian teacher, Susan Culen Ward. The queen was born in 1941 and delivered the only boy in Spain in 1982 who was given the name Leka Zog III by the king. In order to have legal right to inherit the Albanian throne, Leka Junior was born in Johannesburg, on March 26, 1982, but on the Albanian territory, in the previous King Consulate. Leka Jr. is today a student at Brinstou, in the South African Union.
The king Zog II had a support even in Spain by the great anti-Communist Generalisimus Francisco Franco. He saw the Bulgarian king Simeon II who was in exile, then Juan Carlos, especially when after Franco’s death he overtook the ruling of Spain.
In the 1970s, Leka’s family moved to Salisbury, the capital of Rhodesia ruled by the apartheid messiah, Jan Smith, the military pilot. He was glad to accept king Leka Zog, because he supplied his racist country with various arms. When the black majority overthrew notorious Smith reign, the Albanian king Leka fled to Johannesburg. The Albanian monarch kept smuggling arms even from there. Zog II was also engaged in illegal political activity trying to win over Albanian immigration in Turkey, France and on the American continent. With the profit made from the arms smuggling, the king Zog II financed anti-Communist organizations “Legality” and “ Balli Cobetar”. In 1991 and 1992 certain western newspapers made public a sensational discovery that Leka’s company sold arms to Croatia, and later to the army of Alija Izetbegovic.
In November 1993, king Leka flew to Tirana, but stayed only for a night. The president, dr Sali Berisha exiled him from the country on the pretext that the Republican government did not recognize the passport of the Kingdom of Albania.
Three years later, when Fatos Nano became the president, king Leka visited Albania in April 1996. At the Rinas airport near Tirana, king Zog II flew in by the private plane from the South Africa.
The king’s visit to Albania was financed by Guri Durolari, the American businessman and Albanian immigrant, then the leader of the Royalist party “Legality”. Both of them hoped to come to power at the democratic election in Albania. King Zog II and the immigrant Guri Durolari with 55,000 monarchists in the election, got only 5% of the votes. Leka was greeted in Tirana in 1996 in the rain, with the police and military cordon, by more than 2,000 people who waved the flags with the crown and his photo on them. Zog II was excited and said: “Whether some want or not , according to the Constitution from 1928, I have come to you as a King of Albania! The country needs a stabilization factor. And the people see that in me!”
His first days in Albania king Leka spent in the apartment of the most expensive Tirana hotel-“Rogner”, in the elitist avenue of National heroes. The price for the night in the royal apartment was $300. Later Zog moved to a residence above Tirana, and hired the office in the Congress palace. When he got used to his country, king Zog II started campaigns throughout Albania in the mid of April 1996. So he reached the southern town Gramsh, located between Elbasan and Corcha.
As an experienced arms smuggler he did not want to miss the opportunity to visit a factory for automatic guns production- “kalashnikovs”- Chinese version, in Gramsh. At that time when there were mass riots in Albania, and when the groups of thieves and protesters robbed military, police and factory storage of arms and ammunition, the price of “Kalashnikovs” dropped in the black market to miserable $5 per piece. King Zog II took advantage of the situation and bought a freight of the stolen arms.
At the moment when the royal line of 5 cars was approaching the center of Gramsh, the protesters began to shoot and threw several bombes at the car of Zog II, thinking that there was some politician. While the policemen were chasing attackers, king Leka with the gun in his hand jumped out of the car ready to fight the assassins. He returned to Tirana, and then very soon to Johannesburg , where he continued arms smuggling.
The investigation should discover the origin of the arsenal found in the residence of King Zog II as well as to confirm that it was meant for the terrorists in Africa or maybe Albania or Kosovo.
South African commentators claim that after depriving king Zog II, the arms smuggler, and his family of the diplomatic immunity, they are likely to be expelled from this country. Then, there will be the trial.
Citing documents of 5 intelligence services, among which was CIA, the journalists of the “Washington Times” published the facts about connection between KLA and network of heroin and cocaine smuggling and trade in Europe and USA with the center in Albania. CIA discovered ties which members of the Albanian mafia had with narco cartels from Pristina. This cartel was run by the members of the Kosovo National Front with the military part being so-called KLA. Analyzes indicated that the narco cartel located in Pristina was one of the strongest in the world and that the lion’s share of the profit was sent to the Kosovo separatists. The secret drugs route by land and by sea, from Turkey via Bulgaria, Macedonia, Yugoslavia to western Europe was so frequented in 1999 that the agents of CIA called it: Balkan corridor.
Marko Lopusina is a veteran journalist from Belgrade and an author of 16 books.




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