SPO has another 6 months of investigations and prosecutions, elections will decide whether they will continue


       
Skopje, 3 December, 2016 - 16:50 (META) 

Tomorrow marks exactly one year after the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) has taken over the cases related to the illegal wiretapping from the Public Prosecution. According to the Law on the SPO, the Special Public Prosecutor, Katica Janeva and her team have six months left to investigate and file charges relating to cases arising from the “bombs”.

According to Article 22 of the Law on the SPO, Special Public Prosecutor Janeva “can file charges or can put a stop to an investigation within a period not exceeding 18 months from the date her office has taken over the case and material within their jurisdiction”.

Whether the SPO’s mandate will be extended for investigations and prosecutions, depends directly on the outcome of the parliamentary elections, or on which political party wins the majority in parliament and forms the Government.

The leader of the ruling VMRO-DPMNE and top candidate in the fourth constituency, Nikola Gruevski, at yesterday’s rally in Stip, said that he didn’t see the need to prolong the work of the SPO, because it will only prolong the political crisis and there are no good intentions for the country.

“It is necessary for our victory to be strong, so no one can prolong the political crisis and chaos in Macedonia. The only guarantee that the political crisis will end, is on December 11, with 63 seats for the VMRO-DPMNE and the Coalition for a Better Macedonia”, Gruevski said.

The lead candidate of the SDSM in the first constituency, Stevo Pendarovski, on the first day of the election campaign, on November 21, said that if they gain the trust of the citizens, the mandate of the SPO will be extended, while establishing special court departments which will process the cases of the Special Prosecutor’s Office.

“After the electoral victory of December 11, we will immediately extend the mandate of the SPO, which will allow sufficient time for processing cases which arose from the illegal wire tapped conversations”, said Pendarovski, adding that after the elections there will be a re-election of all judges, to allow fairness, and not court cases dictated by a political party.

The Coalition for Change and Justice – Third bloc, led by the Democratic Alliance of Pavle Trajanov also wants to extend the mandate of the SPO. He also demands that after the elections, immediately to be make a new agreement to establish a special unit in the Criminal Court, which will process the cases of the SPO.

In the previous year, the SPO has opened nine investigations and has filed two charges against hundreds of people.

The SPO in this period faced a series of obstructions by other state institutions, especially by the Criminal Court in Skopje and the Public Prosecution.