How Janis Karathano used an incriminated company in the Netherlands to obtain the 130 million euro laboratory concession. The contract was signed 3 months before the implementing company was registered! Stunt with the fulfillment of criteria and strong evidence in the hands of SPAK
On July 23, 2019, the LABORATORY NETWORKS company was registered in Tirana, with a capital of 10 million lek, which would implement the concession contract worth 130 million euros for medical analysis laboratories near the university, regional and municipal hospitals of Saranda and Lushnja.
The company was founded in June 2019, registered in July, while the Ministry of Health signed the contract in April 2019.
The company is owned by three companies located in Albania, the Netherlands and France.
The first is LABOPHARMA LLC, founded in 2007 by Greek citizens Ioannis Xopapas and Janis Karathano.
The company Labopharma, filed for non-payment of tax obligations and having a license to sell drugs, has 41.7% of the shares, therefore of the laboratory concession
Today, the owners of Laboparma are Janis Karathano with 50% of the shares and T-MEDSS company with 50% of the shares. The owner of T-MEDSS, a shell company founded in 2021, is Sokol Ramizi.
Sokol Ramizi is also the administrator of the laboratory concession.
The second company is AB Laboratory Solutions BV, capital 2.1 million ALL, with address at Laan Van Meerdervoort 1224, 2555 CD Hague, Netherlands, which has 33% of the shares in the laboratory concession company.
The company was founded in 2007 and has nothing to do with laboratories and diagnostics, but has financial activity as its object.
This company, with administrator Konstantinos Karathanos, is owned by the Albanian company Pegasus, with sole owner Janis Karathano, with which it has received over 100 tenders in the health sector worth about 20 million euros. (The tenders with the highest value were obtained in cooperation with the Evita company of Claude Allajbut, beneficiary of the abusive 84 million euro hemodialysis concession).
So, Janis Karathano and Sokol Ramizi control on paper 75% of the concession.
Karathano has bought and used a financial company in the Netherlands, to create the idea of ??an international union of companies, winning the 130 million euro concession.
The third company, which has 25% of the laboratory concession, is
EXALAB, a French company registered in France, with address at 208 Avenue Pasteur 33600 Pessac, France, and no. registration 323 191 106 RCS Bordeaux.
In all this cartel of fabricated companies and connected with Janis Karathanon, the only real company is the French company EXALAB, with the object of laboratories for medical analysis, founded in 1998, with administrator Olivier MARQ and Valérie MARAZANOF, with a capital of 4.8 million euros.
The procedures for the concession of the laboratories were started in 2015 by Ilir Beqaj and were finalized in 2019 by Ogerta Manastirliu. The contract was signed on April 24, 2019.
Based on the contract, the hospitals pay the concessionaire the service fee for all analyzes performed based on the recommendations of the referring doctors, always without exceeding the budget ceiling.
The ceiling is a monthly budget set for each hospital for tests, which must not be exceeded.
Time after time, hospital doctors receive the order that
At the end of May 2022, not to refer tests for their patients, except in extremely urgent cases, as the ceiling for that month was touched.
So, whoever was lucky got the tests done, while others had to turn to the private sector, even though they have been paying for health insurance for years.
The facts of corruption
On January 31, 2022, SPAK registered criminal proceedings no. 18 for the criminal offenses of violation of the equality of participants in public tenders and auctions, misuse of duties and passive corruption of persons exercising public functions, in relation to the laboratory concession.
The investigations began after a criminal report by the High State Control, which audited the concession of medical laboratories in 2021.
KLSH came to the conclusion that the Ministry of Health had granted the concession in violation of the law "On Concessions and Public Private Partnership", reported the members of the commission for granting the concession and asked them to terminate the contract.
According to KLSH, the International Investment Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank, had requested the disqualification of the group of winning companies, as one Albanian company was under criminal prosecution in Spain.
The International Investment Corporation has expressed serious concerns about the integrity of the company registered in the Netherlands, AB Laboratory Solutions, filed for fraud and financial crimes.
Also, KLSH assessed that AB Laboratory Solutions BV was used as a cover to cover the real percentage of the distribution of shares in the consortium. The separation was fictitious, as two seemingly different companies were actually one, owned by Janis Karathano.
"..If Pegasus himself had presented himself as a shareholder in the established consortium, then his participation results in 75% of the shares and not the division that is presented in the consortium agreement..., where of course the evaluation conditions also change, which in most of the obligations that belong to him to be fulfilled both from the legal and financial side," says the KLSH report.
While Laboratory Networks has claimed that "The winning Consortium has clearly and demonstrably strictly met and exceeded all technical, financial and legal requirements and the competition criteria as a whole, and above all it has been selected for offering the most low in this race...".
Meanwhile, the concession commission at the Ministry of Health claims that the information about the investigation against the 'Dutch' company of Karathanos in Spain is not true.
Also 6 members of the concession awarding commission have been notified, namely Silva Novi, responsible for the Hospital Standards and Protocols sector in the ministry, Leonora Horanlliu, responsible for the Programming and Budget Monitoring sector at FSDKSH, Ariola Krymi, coordinating physician at the Biochemical Laboratory in QSUT, Anjeza Alliu, responsible for the Procurement sector, Gazmir Vehbi, economist at the Concessions Handling Agency, and Armila Ali, economist at the Concessions Handling Agency.
The director of the Directorate of Development Policies and Strategies in the Ministry of Health, Flutura Beqo, who was the chairperson of the bid evaluation commission, as well as the two members of the KVO Oltion Dhono, director of the Center, were reported to SPAK for violation of equality in tenders. National Technical Bio Medical and Olsi Akshia, in charge of the Complaints and Administrative and Judicial sector.
Can these 10 officials sign a 130 million euro concession outside the reach of Minister Ogerta Manastirliu?
Can Manastirliu herself finalize a concession with such a cost and many question marks?
But does Janis Karathano have the power to line up and move the mechanisms of power for a dubious concession at a cost of 130 million euros for the pockets of Albanians?
With the investigation against Arben Ahmetaj, SPAK, following the money, has shown that it can solve every paradox, doubt, mystery and tricks with money and public assets.
*Taken from the Facebook profile of the journalist Adriatik Doçi