By C. J. CHIVERS, New York Times, 27 March 2008
This article was reported by C. J. Chivers, Eric Schmitt and Nicholas Wood and written by Mr. Chivers.
Since 2006, when the insurgency in Afghanistan sharply intensified, the Afghan government has been dependent on American logistics and military support in the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
But to arm the Afghan forces that it hopes will lead this fight, the American military has relied since early last year on a fledgling company led by a 22-year-old man whose vice president was a licensed masseur.
With the award last January of a federal contract worth as much as nearly $300 million, the company, AEY Inc., which operates out of an unmarked office in Miami Beach, became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan’s army and police forces.
Transcript of Diveroli – Trebicka Conversation
*Inside ACLIS: Read & Listen the Transcripts of alleged telephone conversation between Efraim Diveroli and Kosta Trebicka
Recorded in Tirana, Albania on June 11, 2007 at 20:49 PM by Trebicka, Diveroli was in Florida*
Efraim Diveroli – President of Miami-based AEY, Inc.
Kosta Trebicka – Albanian businessman, owner of Xhoi
Ill Pinari – Director of Meico, official arms export agency of Albanian Ministry of Defense (under arrest)
Henry Thomet – Swiss businessman, alleged owner of Cyprus-based Evdin
Fatmir Mediu – Albanian Minister of Defense (resigned)
Mihal Delijorgji – Albanian “businessman” (contractor for AEY and Southern Ammunition, under arrest)
Sali Berisha – Albanian Prime Minister
Shkelzen Berisha – son of Sali Berisha
Sound clip 1
Trebicka: What’s happening with your pal Pinari?
Diveroli: I don’t know, you tell me, did you make a deal with him with the boxes?
Trebicka: I don’t want to make a deal with him, you know that he is a crook, you told me before that he’s a mafia guy, didn’t you?
Diveroli: I think he is, either he’s the mafia or the mafia is controlling him. Either way he’s a problem. The problem is, I don’t have a choice. I have to deal with him. The U.S. government is expecting the products. I have no decision to make.
Sound clip 2
Diveroli: What’s going on with the whole friggin’ thing here, …(inaudible conversation about Pinari….) OK, Kosta, the company that’s doing the packing might want to buy your packing material, I’m going to broker the deal…
Trebicka: Which one is the company, is it still Delijorgji?
Diverolli: I have no fucking idea, we’re waiting for Pinari to give us the details of this company. I will push this sale very hard to go through.
Sound clip 3
Diveroli: ……….(Some talk about services Trebicka is still supposed to do for Diveroli.) I’ve been 100% with you. I did not remove you from this job. You understand that? I have nothing to do with this. Even though Pinari asked me to, and he’s forcing me to, I have never supported this decision. I’m very, very upset, I’m very concerned.
Trebicka: Is he still working with Henry Thomet?
Diveroli: I think he’s still working with Henry. I’m still working with Henry. I have to work with Henry. I’m working with Henry.
Sound Clip 4
Diveroli: …I’m different than Henry, I can’t play monkey business with the mafia and Delijorgji and all those fucking guys in Albania….. I’m a U.S. company, I’m working for the government, everyone is watching me. Pinari needs a guy like Henry in the middle to take care of him and his buddies, which is none of my business. I don’t want to know about that business, I want to know about legitimate businesses. That’s my feeling, that’s my feeling on the situation, that’s my idea, that’s my opinion.
Sound clip 5
Some small talk, discussion about George Bush visit to Albania…
Trebicka: ….but I think with Pinari and his mafia guys and Delijorgji and Henry, it will be difficult for you to go ahead because they will create lots of problems …. Probably I will be invited in Washington DC from the CIA guys and from my friends over there. .. two weeks from now I will come to Florida to shake hands with you and discuss future deals.
Diveroli: I like that. Let’s do that.
Sound clip 6
Diveroli: I have a good deal going on in Serbia right now that I might need some financing for…. Kosta, Kosta, I have an idea, maybe, you could finish packing, for example, the two and half million you owe me. And Pinari and Delijorgji will see your operation is already moving smoothly and they’re not going to want to disrupt it, so they’ll buy the material from you. They don’t have to go around and drive to Macedonia and schlep around. Maybe this is a good idea, I think. Do you think Pinari is actually going to do the job?
Sound clip 7
Trebicka: I found good partners and I think I can continue the job. I don’t know about Pinari, Delijorgji and his mafia…if they want to still work with me… I will not talk, I will not open mouth, I will do whatever you tell me to do.
Diveroli: I understand…. I’m just telling you… I protect you, you protect me type of thing. Let me speak with Pinari. Pinari knows he has to do the packaging. Because he’s removing you from your position, if he does not fill this position properly he’s going to be in a lot of trouble, from everybody. So maybe he’s going to get nervous that Delijorgji can’t do this job, whatever… This is the best case, this is my dream.
Sound clip 8
Diveroli: Then we need to push the sale of the material… then at least you’re not exposed and I’m not exposed. No? It’s option A or option B at this time. We’re going into one door, we’re just not sure which one. Why don’t you kiss Pinari’s ass one more time right now. Call him up, beg him, kiss him, whatever… Send one of your girls to fuck him… Let’s get him happy. Maybe he gives you one more chance to do the job. No? Maybe he’s not organized, maybe he’s gonna get nervous – (speaking as if he’s Pinari) oh, you know if I don’t do the job then I’ll lose the ammunition business… Maybe we can play on his fears. Pinari, c’mon give me one more chance. Give him a little money, give him something in his pocket… And he’s not going to get much… If he gets $20,000 from you…
Sound clip 9
Diveroli: I can live with this. Let me know tomorrow. ….. Let’s decide are we doing A or B? I’ll speak with Pinari, you’ll speak with Pinari, and we’ll make a decision… Then we’ll move to the next deal.
Sound clip 10
Diveroli: The more, the more, it went up higher to the Prime Minister and his son. This is…this mafia is too strong for me. I can’t fight this mafia. It got too big. The animals just got too out of control. Too many players…
* This conversation was recorded in Albania by Kosta Trebicka on a Nokia cell phone.