Supplier Under Scrutiny on Aging Arms for Afghans

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.

Albanian Politics:
Transcript of Diveroli – Trebicka Conversation

Posted on Friday, March 21 @ 11:01:19 GMT by classiclady

Albania News

*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*

Name Key:
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.

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12 Responses to Supplier Under Scrutiny on Aging Arms for Afghans

  1. Baba says:

    who is this Kosta Trebicka Guy anyway. From the name looks like a Orthodox Vallah from South Albania.

    Whats funny with his story is just that anytime in the history thing go fine for Albanians in the region, there pops out somebody like him, that makes his butter on the fate of all albanians.

    So Bizare this time it coincided with Albanias Nato Bid and Kosovo independence.

    Shame on this Albanian Greek minority guy, who now is a star, gives two three interviews a day. Until three weeks ago he was nobody. Nobody ever herd of him.

    This looks more like a old fashion slav or orthodox Integrist coup, more than anything else.

    What a pity for thoose who trust this BS!

  2. Baba says:

    who is this Kosta Trebicka Guy anyway. From the name looks like a Orthodox Vallah from South Albania.

    Whats funny with his story is just that anytime in the history thing go fine for Albanians in the region, there pops out somebody like him, that makes his butter on the fate of all albanians.

    So Bizare this time it coincided with Albanias Nato Bid and Kosovo independence.

    Shame on this Albanian Greek minority guy, who now is a star, gives two three interviews a day. Until three weeks ago he was nobody. Nobody ever herd of him.

    This looks more like a old fashion slav or orthodox Integrist coup, more than anything else.

    What a pity for thoose who trust this BS!

    Wow I see I said something wrong, and that there is severe censure to this defamatory blog!!

    Thanks for the democracy!

  3. Baba says:

    who is this Kosta Trebicka Guy anyway. From the name looks like a Orthodox Vallah from South Albania.

    Whats funny with his story is just that anytime in the history thing go fine for Albanians in the region, there pops out somebody like him, that makes his butter on the fate of all albanians.

    So Bizare this time it coincided with Albanias Nato Bid and Kosovo independence.

    Shame on this Albanian Greek minority guy, who now is a star, gives two three interviews a day. Until three weeks ago he was nobody. Nobody ever herd of him.

    This looks more like a old fashion slav or orthodox Integrist coup, more than anything else.

    What a pity for thoose who trust this BS!

    I really do not understand the censure of my comments!!!

  4. Sajmir says:

    Hi, I live in Albania where this article was expected since a week ago.

    Now that it is out, our prime minister’s, Sali Berisha reaction in the Albanian parliament was that the New York Times was a tool of the mafia and that it should be used as toilet paper only.

    There were also opinions expressed by members of the government that the NYT was somehow involved in an army depot explosion from where these ammunitions were being shipped under the guise of dismantlement.

    I just wanted to warn you and maybe other US citizens not to fall prey to the lies of this newspaper of the mafia and to listen to the wise words our omnipotent prime minister Berisha 🙂

  5. Diane Warth says:

    Baba – Now that you’ve had a comment approved here there won’t be a delay in publishing when you post. Not censorship. Spam protection.

    Why do you believe the uncovering of this relationship bodes ill for the national ambitions you cite when it seems to be one reason those ambitions will be realised?

  6. Chris says:

    I dont want to live on this planet anymore.

  7. Lugjena says:

    I agree with you….. and I dont want to live on this planet anymore……….The GOD is looking …….

  8. KANNOL says:

    Kosta trebicka wasnt from Greek . Hi never likes greek. Hi was from Korca from Albania . He born in tirana . Hi had a high education . and I am proud for him that hi fight agains mafia ,gaverment mafia .they kill him because hi knows haw they win many from blad. Naw mafia with sali berisha and Nano and many many govermnt kill kosta to save their head .I am not sure that Mediu was the first one that want to kill him.

  9. Diane Warth says:

    Kannol – Thanks for the update. I didn’t know that Trebikca had died and was possibly assassinated.

    Albanian witness in U.S. arms probe dies suddenly

  10. KANNOL says:

    I heard about kosta today Idont think that kosta died from aksidentI think is a big play Maby from mafia medi sali shkelzen and they give to meny many Kevin and Wither to close this problem IN albania you never know what hppen over there. Shame Shame for them that are puting smouk over this state.

  11. Demir says:

    COuld i think that trebicka kill him self never never hi was a good or exellen driver . but connection beetuin pozit opozit and Wither kill him to cover corupton that they did shame sheme for them

  12. kannol says:

    In albania happen every thing that you cant imagine. IN albania Mafia is in action . This mafia is links between posit and opposite ambassador Withers and mafia greek (Delijorgji) . I think that all of them had a plan to killl him because he figure out their mafia . So Medi that lose his position as a minister of defense had a big point to kill him too. AS I know he has a strong mafia in albania so I think he did all the plan to kill him. If you see the tv haw he died you will think that somebody pull him in the street and he was far way from his car ?? so they did some thing to think that is accident but all action they did tell you that is not accident but they push him to kill himself . Our government are linking with mafia serb and greek and they serve to take more many and dont think about what happen with poor people without water , without light and without bread. This is the state in albania who can theft OK who can not OK who can do dirty job Ok can live who can not OK. For all all that I write I have a conclusion that Berisha , Medi greek and Delijorgji or maybe Hanry Tommey kill him . so is not accident for me

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