VMRO-DPMNE: SPO doesn’t have a legitimacy to start new investigations

Skpje, 16 August, 2017 - 15:48 (META) 

The Mandate of the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) for starting and carrying out investigations is over and it doesn’t have any legitimacy to start new procedures, reacts VMRO-DPMNE to businessman Ljupco Palevski’s Palcho being taken into custody by a warrant issued by SPO.

This opposition party says that if Palevski has broken the law, he has to be taken accountable by the Basic Public Prosecution (OJO).

-According to the law, on the 30th of June, SPO’s deadline to file all the charges for all indications and cases for which Katica Janeva thought to have a basis to be processed further has expired. If Palevski has broken the law he has to be taken accountable by OJO which is the only one that has legitimacy and is authorized to start new investigations without any obstacles – said today Orce Gjorgjievski of VMRO-DPMNE.

He stressed that any activity by SPO that is contrary to the law will inevitably invite criminal responsibility.

-The court mustn’t allow being dragged in these illegitimate games and intrigues by SPO because the judge that will accept to process a case out of SPO’s legally granted mandate will work unauthorized and is violating the law, and that will result in a punishable sanction and he will be taken accountable for these illegal charges – said Gjorgjievski in the name of VMRO-DPMNE.

Vangelovski in his first 100 days: He released Kochan from custody and he put everything else on stand-by

Skopje, 20 June, 2017 - 15:52 (META) 

Today marks the first 100 days since Jovo Vangelovski was appointed as the President of the Supreme Court. This period will be remembered for the decision to release from custody the prime suspect in SPO’s case of “Trust,” Sead Kochan, including several commenced but unfinished initiatives on part of Vangelovski, among which is the procedure that will help determine whether SPO can use the wiretapped conversations or the so-called “bombs” as evidence in a court procedure.

At the start of his mandate, Vangelovski announced reforms in the judiciary, transparency, and openness towards the media, but out of that, according to what the general public knows, little or nothing has been accomplished out of what was promised during the first 100 days.

The President of the Supreme Court so far hasn’t organized a single press conference, and his opinions regarding various current issues were announced during briefings where the presence and use of cameras, microphones, and Dictaphones were not allowed.

SPO is demanding from the Supreme Court to make a decision regarding freezing VMRO-DPMNE’s assets

Skopje, 16 June, 2017 - 13:30 (META) 

The Special Public Prosecution is trying to dispute the decision of the Criminal Court, which refused the freeze the property of VMRO-DPMNE, by sending a protection of the lawfulness that was sent to the Supreme Court. According to SPO, there are suspicions that the property was earned in a criminal manner.

Unofficially, it’s about the building where VMRO-DPMNE’s headquarters is located and is the property that SPO demands it must be taken away temporarily within the “Talir” case, where high-ranking party officials among which is also the party leader Nikola Gruevski, are charged for illegal financing of the party and money laundering.

SPO has announced today that with the request for the protection of the legality it requests that the Supreme Court to determine that “the Basic Court Skopje Criminal Council’s decision to reject its request for freezing a part of the property of a political party, is against the law.”

Otherwise, on the 22nd o May, SPO, has submitted a request for a temporary confiscation of the party’s property i.e. the court to make a decision to “ban any expropriation or sale of immovable property by mortgaging it because of a suspicion it is a result of a criminal act of a misuse of official function and authority

Six years after the murder of Neskovski, the effort to cover it up is still relevant

Skopje, 6 June, 2017 - 14:11 (META) 

Today marks the sixth year anniversary since protests erupted against police brutality after the murder of Martin Neskovski on June the 5th, 2011, during the celebrations of VMRO-DPMNE’s electoral victory.

At the beginning of last year, the Special Prosecutor’s Office took over jurisdiction of the Neskovski murder case. The SPO reports that the case is still in a pre-trial procedure.

The police officer Igor Spasov, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the murder of Neskovski, was the first questioned by the Special Prosecution in February, last year.

The case became part of the SPO’s work since the murder of Martin Neskovski was part of the wiretapped conversations that SDSM’s party leader and now Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, published during 2015.

In the “29th bomb” that Zaev published on May the 5th, two years ago, indications and suspicions emerged that the past administration within the Ministry of Interior and employees at the MoI, including former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s bodyguard, Dejan Mitrovski–Urko, tried to cover up Neshkovski’s murder from the public.

30 days until its mandate expires, SPO expects from the Parliament an extension of its deadline

Skopje, 4 May, 2017 - 16:38 (META) 

The Special Public Prosecution expects a support from the Parliament for extending the deadline for filing charges, as was confirmed by SPO for Meta.

“This Public Prosecution has already appealed several times about the need of a change of the deadline for filing charges. Following this, we expect all subjects to see the necessity and to provide a concrete support” stated the reply from SPO to our question whether the Special Public Prosecution can start an initiative to the new parliamentary personnel for prolonging the mandate for starting investigations and for filing charges.

The Special Public Prosecutor Katica Janeva and her team have exactly one month (until the 4th of June i.e. 30th of June) for opening investigations and for filing charges for cases that are connected to or have resulted from SDSM’s “bombs” i.e. the illegal wiretapping of communications.

The Supreme Court postponed the session for the use of the “bombs” as evidence

Skopje, 18 April, 2017 - 11:25 (META) 

The Supreme Court postponed the today’s session at which the judges were supposed to discuss the use of the bombs as evidence at trials and procedures and who will be able to submit requests for the protection of the legality.

According to the information provided by the Supreme Court, the session was delayed because some of the judges were on a hospital leave and the session will be held in a few days.

Otherwise, at the session’s agenda, there are two papers that were submitted by the president of the Supreme Court, Jovo Vangelovski, where the first one states whether the wiretapped conversations can be used in a trial as evidence or whether those are only indications. The second one refers to the lodging requests for the protection of the legality to the court i.e. whether the Special Public Prosecution has the right to submit requests such as this or whether the only one which has the right to do that is Marko Zvrlevski’s Public Prosecution.

The Supreme Court officially rejected everything, but gave no explanations as to why

Skopje, 11 April, 2017 - 16:57 (META) 

This afternoon, the Supreme Court released an official statement that they had rejected all requests and objections which were on the agenda for today’s general meeting.

At the meeting, the request made by the Special Prosecutor’s Office(SPO) for the exclusion of the President of the Supreme Court, Jovo Vangelovski was rejected, as was the objection by the Judge of the Supreme Court, Lidija Nedelkova and the objections of seventeen judges from Basic Court Skopje 1 regarding the annual schedule, which was decided by the President of the Basic Court, Stojance Ribarev.

The statement by the Supreme Court did not indicate or give any explanation as to why and on what basis the objections and requests were rejected.

The Special Public Prosecutor’s Office had requested that Vangelovski be excluded because of his part in the wiretapped conversations which were released by SDSM and were recorded while he was President of the Court.

For Judge Vangelovski to be excluded, the Supreme Court will decide at a general session

Skopje, 31 March, 2017 - 12:47 (META) 

Yesterday, the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office requested that the president of the Supreme Court, Jovo Vangelovski be excluded because he is part of the wiretapped conversations that were released by SDSM which occurred when he was the president of the Court.

As this concerns the president of the highest court in the country i.e. there is no higher judicial authority, the law has determined that his exclusion will be decided by the Supreme Court at a general session.

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia at a general session will decide upon a request for the exclusion of the president of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia (Article 37 of the Judicial Law)

This issue is regulated by the current Law for a Criminal Procedure (LCP):

If an exclusion is requested only for the president of the court or the president of the court and the judge or a judge- jury, the decision for exclusion is made by the president of the higher court and if an exclusion of the president of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia is requested, the decision for the exclusion will be made at a general session of that court (Article 36, Paragraph 2 of the LCP).

Janeva withdrew Zvrlevski’s request for the termination of Kočan’s detention

Skopje, 29 March, 2017 - 16:13 (META) 

Today the Special Public Prosecutor, Katica Janeva, withdrew the request for protection of the legality from the Supreme Court that was submitted by the Public Prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski on Monday, regarding the custody for businessman Sead Kočan, the prime suspect in the “Trust” case.

In the letter to the court, marked “Very Urgent”, Janeva refers to Article 5 from the Law on the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office, according to which the SPO are the only ones authorized to investigate and prosecute crimes that are related to or have arisen from the illegal monitoring of communications.

On Monday this week, Zvrlevski’s Prosecution Office sent and asked the Supreme Court to grant the request for protection of the legality of the Public Prosecutor of the Republic of Macedonia and to terminate the rulings made by both Basic Court 1, on the 7th of March, 2017 and the Court of Appeals, on the 15th of March, 2017 and to return the case for a retrial and a different ruling.

Sead Kočan , who is one of the three suspects in the “Trust” case, was taken into custody after the Criminal Council of the Basic Court I, on the 7th of March ruled against him, and the decision was again confirmed by the Court of Appeals. Since then, Kočan has been unavailable for the prosecution and an international warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The Court of Appeals confirmed the detention for Kočan due to him being a flight risk

Skopje, 16 March, 2017 - 18:29 (META) 

The Court of Appeals in Skopje announced that the decision made by the Criminal Council of Basic Court Skopje 1, which was a measure of detention for businessman Sead Kočan, the prime suspect in the “Trust” case which was launched by the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO), was confirmed “due to the suspect being a flight risk”.

The court reported that after yesterday’s public hearing, the Criminal Council of the Court of Appeals made  the decision of partially approved Kočan’s appeal that was submitted by his attorney Nikola Dodevski. The  court assessed that the remaining reasons because of which a detention was ruled for Kočan i.e. that it will influence the investigation and that there is a danger of repeating the act were rejected.