SPO files two charges in “Thaler” case against Gruevski, Bozinovski, Janakieski and Dimovski

Skopje, 22 November, 2018 - 23:22 (META) 

The Special Prosecutor’s Office has announced that it has filed two charges in connection with the “Thaler” case, one for the illegal financing of the political party VMRO-DPMNE, and the other for the illegal construction of the party’s headquarters.

The indictment for the illegal financing of the political party VMRO-DPMNE was filed against the former leader of the party, and current asylum seeker in Hungary, Nikola Gruevski, then for Kiril Bozinovski, Mile Janakieski, Ilija Dimovski, Leko Ristoski and Elizabeta Cingarovska, as well as the political party – VMRO -DPMNE.

“The accused Gruevski, in the period from 2009 to 2015, abused his official position, secured finances from anonymous and illegal sources financed the VMRO-DPMNE. Bozinovski and Janakievski intimidated representatives from various legal entities that had concluded public procurement contracts with state bodies, public enterprises or local self-government departments to provide cash to finance the VMRO-DPMNE party. Gruevski did not return the money to the individuals from whom the funds came, that is, he did not return it to the Budget of the Republic of Macedonia, consequently gaining illegal funds for the financing of the VMRO-DPMNE in the amount of at least €4,608,661,” reads the statement by the SPO.

To hide that the money came from criminal origins, Gruevski, Bozinovski, Janakievski and Cingaroska arranged for the funds to be paid into a VMRO-DPMNE giro account, through cash payments using “PP10” payment slips in which false information was entered claiming that the payments made were by the persons listed in the payment receipts, even though this was not the case.

Subsequently, as authorized signatories of the party’s account, Dimovski, Cingaroska, Ristoski and Janakieski released the money in further circulation by signing orders for payment and buying real estate for the political party VMRO-DPMNE while at the same time knowing that the funds had criminal origins.

At the session for a constitutional revision quarrels about the Prespa Agreement and the referendum have erupted again

Skopje, 15 October, 2018 - 16:32 (META) 

The parliamentary session for constitutional revision is occurring in an ambiance of mutual accusations between the government and the opposition regarding the Prespa Agreement. The ruling majority state that the implementation of the Agreement will help Macedonia to rise above the isolation and to have a better future. VMRO-DPMNE ‘s MPs state that the government doesn’t have a mandate to change the Constitution and that the Agreement with Greece is not a good solution.

VMRO-DPMNE’s MP, Ilija Dimovski said that Macedonia has no other alternative but EU and NATO, but there are other alternatives how to reach that.

-The alternative is to take away Zaev’s power because he acts beyond his mandate and to seek a strategic partnership with the EU and NATO until the complete solution of this issue – said DImovski.

SDSM’s MP coordinator, Tomislav Tuntev has called upon VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs to go to their leader Hristijan Mickoski and to convince him that now is the moment fora better future for this country.

For a better future, we need brave and visionary leaders, said DUI’s Artan Grubi and told the MPs not to think about next elections but to think about the next generations.

VMRO-DPMNE”s MP coordinator, Dragan Danev said that there is neither possibility nor will to vote against the will of the citizens that was expressed at the referendum, which he said was a failure.

The Parliament’s President, Talat Xhaferi has called for a lunch break after which the discussion about the revision will continue.

Parliamentary session for constitutional changes begins

Skopje, 15 October, 2018 - 14:01 (META) 

The parliamentary plenary session for the Government’s proposal for constitutional changes which transpired from the Agreement with Greece has begun. The government’s proposal for constitutional changes will be clarified by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

MPs from VMRO-DPMNE are present at the session, including former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who after asking for today’s hearing of the SPO’s “TNT” case be postponed, could attend the session. The session began with a delay due to the coordination of VMRO-DPMNE’s parliamentary group.

Before the session, MP Ilija Dimovski from VMRO-DPMNE asked for the proposal for constitutional changes be removed from the agenda because, as he says, Parliament does not have the electoral legitimacy to decide on these changes.

“Not one MP from this Parliament made a promise to change the Constitution,” said Dimovski.

Dimovski’s proposal was rejected with 39 votes “for” and 67 “against”.

In front of Parliament, a dozen citizens organized by the Citizens’ Association “Prerodba” held a protest, where they announced protests and blockades in front of Parliament every day at 10:00am.

Dimovski: Visitors to opposition MPs are being reported to their employers

Skopje, 2 May, 2018 - 21:47 (META) 

At today’s 45th session in Parliament, VMRO-DPMNE MP Ilija Dimovski asked to address colleagues, who after a short debate with the Parliament Speaker was granted permission. But instead of discussing the extensive agenda, as his party counterpart Dragan Danev had done before him, Dimovski issued serious allegations of abuse in Parliament.

He said that he had serious knowledge of guests who had visited Parliament to see opposition MPs, who were employed in state institutions, had been reported to their employers, that is, lists were sent to institutions of people who had visited certain MPs in Parliament.

“I just want to inform the public about one thing that happens when certain citizens visit offices in Parliament and are obliged to register with an application form. There is a list of people who came to meet Dimovski, Tuntev, Gashi, and Sela. What is striking and astonishing is that we have confirmation from institutions, where some of those people work that such a list from Parliament is being forwarded to those institutions. These are people who came to meet with MPs and who are not part of the ruling majority. Under special observation are the guests of Sela, Gashi, Nikola Popovski, Antonio Milososki, myself and other MPs from the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE. I’m not asking for any action to be taken, I know the reason, the wishes and the motives behind this. My goal was to inform the Macedonian public about what kind of totalitarian system exists in this Parliament”, said Dimovski.

Moreover, Xhaferi told Dimovski that he was abusing the parliamentary pulpit for a topic not envisaged in the agenda, warning him if he had any information, to report it to the relevant services.

Dimovski: Our position on the “3-6-9” plan has changed due to political revanchism

Skopje, 3 December, 2017 - 14:56 (META) 

MP from VMRO-DPMNE, Ilija Dimovski, said that the party’s position in support of government reforms for the plan “3-6-9” has changed, TV “Alsat-M” reports.

Dimovski added that this recent change was affected by recent developments, ie the annulment of the immunity of the six MPs from VMRO-DPMNE.

“SDSM showed that there is no need for opposition in Parliament. From now on everything is possible. Our attitude has changed a lot, because of the political revanchism”,says Dimovski.

On December 1st, Parliament approved the request made by the Basic Court Skopje to revoke the immunity and to detain MPs Krsto Mukovski, Ljuben Arnaudov, Johan Tarculovski, Sašo Vasilevski, Ljupco Dimovski and Žaklina Peshevska, because of their participation in the violence that occurred on April 27th, this year Parliament.

Earlier, the opposition’s stance was that it would support the government’s reforms that would speed up the process of state integration into NATO and the European Union.

The Parliament began the discussion for the appointment of a public prosecutor and then stopped

Skopje, 25 November, 2017 - 19:57 (META) 

The Parliament began the discussion for the appointment of Ljubomir Joveski for a new public prosecutor, but after an explanation about nomination by the Deputy Minister for Justice, Oliver Ristovski and the speech given by VMRO-DPMNE’s MP, Ilija Dimovski, the president of the Parliament, Talat Xhaferri, stopped the session and for its continuation he will additionally send notifications.

In his explanation, the Deputy Minister for Justice stated that Joveski has built his entire career within the legal institutions i.e. the Court, the Public Prosecution and as a member of the Council of Public Prosecutors and that his professional experience and his high moral features were the main reasons why the government has proposed him for this position.

-His biography is a guarantee for a successful accomplishment of his position as a Public Prosecutor in front of which lie many challenges – said Ristovski.

The MP and the coordinator of one of the 10 VMRO-DPMNE’s MP groups, Ilija DImovski, in his speech didn’t problematize the proposal for Joveski’s appointment for this position but he asked the public prosecutor to be nominated by the opposition and to be elected with two-thirds majority including a control of the work of the Public Prosecution.

An employee from the municipality of Veles has threatened Zaev and Baily with hanging

Veles, 6 November, 2017 - 16:01 (META) 

Today, the newly-elected mayor of the municipality of Veles, Ace Kocevski, at a press conference accused MP Ilija Dimovski of having a personal driver who was employed in the municipality and is causing damage to the budget for large sums of money.

According to Kocevski’s calculations, the total debt of the Municipality of Veles amounts to 169.197.606 denars or 2.751.180 euros.

Kocevski pointed out that there are indications that two employees of the municipal administration participated in the bloody events in Parliament on April the 27th and added that appropriate measures would be initiated if this proves to be true.

Among other things, during the mandate of the previous mayor, Slavco Chadiev, it was noted that the municipal administration was overstaffed and were working for the benefit of a political party during working hours, which led to serious criminal offences.

“An employee sent extreme and violent messages such as, “Greet the leader of Murtino and the one who sends money from the embassy, but before Veles is bilingual, you and them will hang in the middle of the neighborhood….” And now I have to work with this person? Asked Kocevski.

SPO wants to confiscate 2.2 million euros in assets and property from Gruevski, Protoger and Dimovski

Skopje, 26 September, 2017 - 20:02 (META) 

The Special Prosecutor’s Office in the indictment for the “Titanic” case are asking the leader of VMRO-DPMNE and former Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, the former chief of his cabinet, Martin Protoger, the current MP of VMRO-DPMNE in Parliament, Ilija Dimovski and the accused Leko Ristovski to confiscate assets worth 2.2 million euros.

This sum, according to the SPO, corresponds to the unlawfully provided funds for financing the election campaigns of the party in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

The Special Public Prosecutor’s Office on its new website has published prosecutorial acts for all the 20 cases it has opened, which are related and arose from the wiretapped conversations.

Only the content of the “Target” and “Fortress” cases was not published.

The published charges may reveal interesting moments and curiosity to the defendants in the cases and ways in which the offenses for which they are charged for were committed.

VMRO-DPMNE has left the hall when the bill for increasing of pensions didn’t pass

Skopje, 11 September, 2017 - 12:48 (META) 

At today’s plenary session, the parliamentary majority has rejected the proposal submitted by VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs for passing a Law for increasing the pensions for 5%, starting from the 1st of January, next year.

As soon as this happened, VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs, as a sign of revolt, abandoned the hall.

Ilija Dimovski, the coordinator of one of the MP groups of the opposition party, said that they will give the President of the Parliament, Talat Xhaferi a deadline of 15 minutes in order to secure a quorum in the hall with the MPs of the majority coalition, after which VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs will return to the hall and if a majority is not secured, the general public will see how the Parliament will make its decisions, said Dimovski.

Otherwise, on the agenda of today’s session are the impeachments that were submitted by VMRO-DPMNE for the ministers of the ministries for agriculture, forestry, and water, for labor and social policy and for foreign affairs, Ljupco NIkolovski, Mila Carovska and Nikola Dimitrov.

The session will continue at 12.30h.

Parliament votes in favour to announce an advertisement for appointing a new Attorney General

Skopje, 7 September, 2017 - 17:00 (META) 

MPs in Parliament, with 61 votes “for”, voted in favour for calling an announcement for appointing a new Attorney General. During the voting, MPs from VMRO-DPMNE left the hall.

The coordinator of the VMRO-DPMNE parliamentary group, Ilija Dimovski, demanded that the vote be on Monday, because previously, the Parliament Seaker, Talat Xhaferi concluded that there was no majority.

Putting this item up for a vote, for Dimovski, is ignoring the word given by Xhaferi that the session will continue on Monday.

“For us, this is a violation of Article 8a of the Electoral Code. We would like to inform you that if you violate the given word that the session will resume on Monday, we will leave the hall during the vote”, said Dimovski.

Xhaferi answered that after a conversation with him, the coordinators of the parliamentary groups informed him that the parliamentary majority was secured and therefore the session was called.