SPO launch new investigation “Empire”, Mijalkov and Kamchev family main suspects

Skopje, 9 November, 2018 - 14:34 (META) 

The Special Prosecutor’s Office has launched a new investigation under the code name “Empire”, against Jordan Kamchev, Sasho Mijalkov, Nenad Josifovic, Cvetan Pandeseski, Ratka Kunoska Kamcheva, Hristina Kamcheva Stojceska, Zorica Arsovska, Liljana Gajdoska, Vladislav Stajkovic, Todor Mircevski, Dejan Janev, Vance Mijalchev and Jovanche Taskovski. They are suspected of criminal offenses such as criminal association, damage or privilege of creditors, abuse of office, fraud and money laundering and “other proceeds of crime”.

Through a statement released to the public, the SPO inform that in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, 12 searches were carried out and five suspects were detained, who during the day will be brought before a judge for a preliminary hearing. Certain measures will be requested to secure attendance.

“During the pre-trial procedure, sufficient evidence was provided which led to the reasonable suspicion that in the period from 2002 to 2013, the suspects had committed crimes and are now being charged personally and through legal entities. The investigation will expand and look into new individuals and new criminal acts very soon. In regards to securing property – claims from damaged parties and securing property that are proceeds from crime, measures will be requested for temporary seizure of property “, say the SPO.

In the investigation, dozens of cases were taken over, which were previously conducted by the public prosecutor’s offices. The SPO jurisdiction is established on the same principle.

Ristovska: Mijalkov orchestrator of wiretapping, we have evidence and witnesses

Skopje, 1 September, 2018 - 11:46 (META) 

Sasho Mijalkov, former director of the Administration for Security and Counter-Intelligence (UBK) of the Ministry of Interior, is  creator of the idea of massive wiretapping, driven by political and business interests. In order to prove his guilt the SPO has provided  a substantial amount of evidence, but also witnesses who helped in the disclosure of the affair and the highlighting of the motives, said special prosecutor Lence Ristovska at today’s hearing in the “Target-Tvrdina” case.

“We will prove that Sasho Mijalkov, Goran Grujevski and Nadica Nikolic, led by a desire for total control regarding the flow of information, and so to gain an advantage in the political and business area’s, they formed a criminal association that through continuous abuse of the systems for monitoring the communications, UBK, they carried out massive campaign of illegal wiretapping”, Ristovska said.

According to the prosecutor, the accused included Vladimir Varelov, Vasil Isakovski, Marijan Shumulkovski and the witnesses, Marijan Jankulovski and Zvonko Kostovski, they were under the direct control of Mijalkov, who took part in the tapping  himself, said Ristovska.

“The defendant Mijalkov, as director of the UBK was organizer of the association, he kept all participants under his control and supervision, and at the same time, he, himself illegally monitored the communications of some of the citizens, and he also had an overview of all the telephone numbers which were being monitored. Gruevski as his closest associate forwarded Mijalkov’s requests and plans to Nikolic, who distributed tasks to other participants. She also ordered tasks by which certain telephone users would be targeted and transcribed”, explained the special prosecutor.

The request by the accused Sasho Mijalkov and Valentina Simonovska not to be tried for the offense they were charged with, was turned down. It was requested by the defendant’s lawyers who called on the amnesty that the president of the state, Gjorge Ivanov signed in 2015 for about 50 people, then under the scrutiny of the SPO in connection with the affair.

Judge Dzaneta Begovic, however, explained that the request was rejected because during the assessment of the indictment the decision had already been made, i.e. the defendants did not receive amnesty.

No more security details for Sasho Mijalkov

Skopje, 7 August, 2018 - 15:32 (META) 

Former director of the Administration for Security and Counter-Intelligence (UBK) Sasho Mijalkov, has had his security detail withdrawn, following information released by the Interior Ministry, reports MIA.

The decision was made before the public holiday, after an assessment was made that there was no longer a security risk to Mr Mijalkov.

After handing in his resignation in May 2015, six bodyguards and two vehicles from the Ministry of Interior were made available to Mijalkov for his personal security.

The Court decided MIjalkov will not go to trial for the Torture case and SPO announced an appeal

Skopje, 22 December, 2017 - 18:31 (META) 

The Criminal Court in Skopje decided that the former Head of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence will not go to a trial for the Torture case, but only the 6 members of the Alpha unit that arrested the party leader of United for Macedonia, Ljube Boshkovski for the case in the Campaign case in 2011.

The Council for indictment evaluation has partially accepted the charges in the Torture case i.e. the part where the accused ones are the 6 police officer but not the part that refers to the former Head of the secret police confirmed SPO for Meta.

Mijalkov, including the members of the Alpha unit, among which is the former Unit Commander, Ivica Anchevski – Puki, is charged with criminal acts such as “torture and other cruel, inhuman or humiliating acts and punishment.”

SPO said it is preparing to file an appeal about the Council’s decision about the indictment evaluation at the Appellate Court Skopje.

The indictment in the Titanic case accepted, Mijalkov and Tacci are the accused ones

Skopje, 7 December, 2017 - 16:19 (META) 

The Council for indictment evaluation at the Basic Court Skopje 1 accepted the SPO’s indictment for the Titanic 2 case regarding election rigging.

The following people were charged in this case: the former UBK’s Head, Sasho Mijalkov, DPA’s party leader Menduh Tacci, VMRO-DPMNE’s member at SEC, Sasho Srcev, including former members of SEC, Bedredin Ibraimi and Aneta Stefanovska and Vlatko Sajkovski.

The Council didn’t accept the proposal for indictments for five judges from the Administrative Court for a misuse of their position. Previously, the judiciary council abolished the immunity of the following judges: Biljana Nikodinovska – Petrovska, Lidija Ivanovska, Blagorodna Rangelova, Aneta Dzigerova and Gazment Fejzula, who protected them from indictments.

The Titanic 2 case refers to rigging election results at the local elections in 2013. According to the bombs that were revealed by the opposition, Mijalkov and Tacci have made an agreement for voting regarding lodged complaints at SEC.

The Appellate court decided that the wiretapped conversations can be used as evidence in the procedure.

The prosecution opens an investigation after Jeremić’s statements that Mijalkov had been laundering money

Skopje, 7 December, 2017 - 15:12 (META) 

The Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime and Corruption has initiated a pre-trial procedure due to the existence of indictments for money laundering by senior Macedonian officials, according to a statement given by former Serbian Foreign Minister, Vuk Jeremić, informs the prosecution.

Last week, Jeremić stated that the Czech company “Czechoslovak Group” last year in October, through a Belgrade-based firm, SCMG, bought the headquarters of the firm in Krusevac for four million euros, with a direct contract and without public advertisement. He said that under Serbian law, direct purchase agreements are allowed, but only in “special cases”, and “specifically in this case, this year in Macedonia, the dictatorial and deeply corrupt regime of Nikola Gruevski was brought down, the political twin brother of Serbian President, Aleksandar Vučić”.

“They are the people from that regime, and before everyone else, is Sasho Mijalkov, the former head of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence (UBK) and Gruevski’s “right hand”, who started extracting money in a panic, which he acquired from corrupt activities in Macedonia and to place the funds in various schemes, through tax havens, the Netherlands, and in the case of “October 14th”, through the Czech Republic”, stressed Jeremić.

The prosecution says the pre-trial procedure is a result of the published articles from several media outlets in the Republic of Macedonia regarding the statement made by the former Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the People’s Party in the Republic of Serbia, Vuk Jeremić .

The trial in the case of Fortress-Target is scheduled on the 22nd of December

Skopje, 23 November, 2017 - 13:46 (META) 

The trial of the SPO’s case titled “Fortress-Target” regarding the UBK’s illegal massive wiretapping of citizens during the period of 2009 and 2015 is scheduled on the 22nd of December at the Basic Court Skopje 1.

This case will be led by judge Lenka Davitkova, and the hearing will start at 10 am.

In the cases “Target and “Fortress” which were joined in one case, the prime indictees are the former Head of the Administration for Security and Counter-intelligence (UBK) Sasho Mijalkov, the former Minister of Interior, Gordana Jankuloska, Mijalkov’s former chief of cabinet, Toni Jakimovski and ten others. They are charged with illegal wiretapping that was revealed by the then opposition party and now a ruling party, SDSM and for the destruction of the surveillance equipment.

Some of the accused are Goran Grujovski and Nikola Boshkovski who fled to Greece and are now are in an extradition prison in Thessaloniki after they were arrested at the Thessaloniki airport during their attempt to leave for Budapest with forged Bulgarian passports.

The Court has accepted the indictments filed by SPO for the Target and Fortress cases

Skopje, 27 October, 2017 - 16:57 (META) 

The Criminal court in Skopje has accepted the indictments for the Target and Fortress cases filed by the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO), confirmed the Court.

By their own words, the Council has given a green light for the case to go to trial. The case was already designated to a certain judge, and next Monday, a date for the start of the court process will be announced.

Otherwise, in the cases of Target and Fortress which are joined by a single indictment, the former Head of the Administration for Security and Counter-Intelligence (UBK), Sasho Mijalkov, the former Chief of his staff, Toni Jakimovski, the former Head of the Fifth Estate, Goran Grujovski and Nikola Boshkovski, an employee at UBK are the accused.

They are accused for illegal wiretapping and for the destruction of the surveillance equipment.

Grujovski and Boshkovski are located in an extradition custody in Thessaloniki after they were arrested at the Thessaloniki airport while they were attempting to leave for Budapest with forged Bulgarian passports.

At the Criminal Court, the procedure for collecting the material for the extradition procedure led by the Ministry of Justice is still undergoing.

The Court has decided not to give back Mijalkov his passport

Skopje, 28 September, 2017 - 16:11 (META) 

The former Head of the Administration for Security and Counter-Intelligence, Sasho Mijalkov who is a prime suspect in the “Target” case, will remain without his passport as the Court has decided to overrule his request for his passport to be returned as unfounded. His passport was taken away as a measure for securing his presence.

“The Criminal Council of the department for Fighting Organized Crime and Corruption at the Basic Court I – Skopje, acting in accordance with the proposal by S.M. that was submitted through his attorneys for the measures of cautiousness to be abolished, at an announced session, has made a decision during which the request was overruled as unfounded. The measure of cautiousness, the temporary confiscation of a passport and a ban on issuing a new or other traveling documents and another measure – an obligation for the suspect to report once a week to a supervisory personnel at the Court will remain in power” announced today the Criminal Court in Skopje.

Mijalkov’s attorney, Ljupcho Shvrgovski, gave a statement previously that they have called upon a judicial practice for returning of the passport i.e. the court’s decision to return the passport to SDSM’s party leader and current Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, in one of the cases for which he was accused of.

Yesterday, the court announced that the request fo VMRO-DPMNE’s party leader, Nikola Gruevski to be returned his passport was rejected.

Otherwise, apart from Mijalkov and Gruevski, three more people that were accused in the SPO’s cases have demanded from the court their passports be returned. They were taken away as a measure of cautiousness.

Mijalkov is calling on the court’s decision for Zaev, he too wants his passport returned

Skopje, 26 September, 2017 - 12:35 (META) 

The defense team of Sasho Mijalkov, who stands accused in the “Target” case, are still waiting for an answer from the Criminal Court regarding their request to have Mr Mijalkov’s passport returned to him, after it was confiscated some time ago.

Mijalkov’s lawyer, Ljupco Shrgovski, stated that returning passports was normal practice in the judicial system, such as the case when the leader of SDSM and current Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, had his passport returned to him in one of the cases he stands accused in.

“We have had no answer for 25 days from the court, which is suprising. We expect the court to make an identical decision as they did in the case with Zoran Zaev’s passport, because the circumstances in this and in this case are the same”, said Shvrgovski.

The prosecutor from the SPO, Lence Ristovski, confirmed that 5 defendants from their cases have asked for their passports to be returned, but the SPO gave a negative response to this proposal.

Apart from Mijalkov, the former prime minister and the current leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, is also requsting his passport be returnted to him.