Today, on 06.05.2021, at 09:00, the Appeal Chamber held the public hearing of case (JR) 40/2021, dated 23.07.2021, pertaining to the appeal of the Public Commissioner against decision no. 393, dated 03.06.2021, of the Independent Qualification Commission, related to the assessee Gerd Hoxha.


The parties at trial, when questioned by the presiding judge, confirmed that they were acquainted with the AC financial analysis, as well as with an opinion (a written opinion) filed on April 26, 2022 by the International Observer of the International Monitoring Operation, requesting the AC, alternatively, the joint trial of the case of the assessee Gerd Hoxha and the case of his ex-spouse, which is currently being considered by the Chamber, or the administration in each proceeding, of the acts of the other proceeding.


The Public Commissioner stated that as regards the decision-making related to the opinion of the International Observer, he leaves it at the discretion of the court, whereas he requested a reasonable time period to get acquainted with the case in its entirety, which, until now, had been followed by the former Public Commissioner Darjel Sina, who no longer exercises holds this position.


The assessee objected the request of the International Observer, holding that it is unfounded, inconsistent with the procedural and substantive law, and protracts the re-evaluation process.


After being consulted, the trial panel, by a majority vote, decided to collect as evidence the acts part of the file of the case of the ex-spouse of the assessee, as well as the acts that shall become part of that file during the trial at the Chamber.


As regards the three public denunciations, the trial panel decided to not open the judicial investigation, as they do not meet the criteria of Article 53 of Law 84/2016.


In order to provide the parties reasonable time to be acquainted with the evidence and prepare their positions on the case, the trial panel decided to adjourn the public hearing to May 25, 2022, at 12:30.


The next hearing will take in the premises of the Appeal Chamber, at Boulevard “Dëshmorët e Kombit”, no. 3, Tirana.