The “Bombs” will be used as evidence in the “Titanic” case led by the SPO, rules the Appellate Court


Skopje, 5 December, 2017 - 14:34 (META) 

More than 1,000 wiretapped conversations will be used as evidence in the trial for the “Titanic” case led by the Special Prosecutor’s Office, ruled the Appellate Court in Skopje.

The decision of the Appellate Court followed yesterday’s public session in court, where the appeal was discussed, after the the Criminal Court on October 20th, dismissed the wiretapped conversations, i.e the “bombs” as evidence for this case.

Former interior and transport ministers, Gordana Jankuloska and Mile Janakieski, accused in the case, say they are victims of wiretapping and demanded that the”bombs” not be used as evidence, as legal uncertainty would be created.

The “Titanic” case refers to election irregularities, and in addition to Jankuloska and Janakieski, former Prime Minister and current leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, former chief of his cabinet, Martin Protoger, former secretary general of the government and VMRO-DPMNE, Kiril Bozhinovski, and fifteen others also stand accused.


Gruevski remains without a passport, concludes the Court of Appeals


Skopje, 31 October, 2017 - 14:52 (META) 

The Skopje Court of Appeals rejected VMRO-DPMNE leader, Nikola Gruevski’s appeal, after he requested that his passport be returned to him, confirmed judge Liljana Ivanovska-Sopova for “Television 24”, who conducted the three-member Council of Judges that ruled on the appeal of the public session.

Otherwise, Gruevski, who is the prime suspect in the SPO’s “Titanic” case, does not have a passport, after the Criminal Court confiscated it, as one of the precautionary measures he was assigned to secure his presence in court.

At yesterday’s public session, Gruevski’s defense team argued that the leader of the largest opposition party in the country, needs a passport in order to carry out his political activities, some of which are in foreign countries.

As confirmation, they submitted to the court and to SPO prosecutors, an invitation from the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, which had been sent to Gruevski.


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.


Gruevski in the Appellate Court: I am preparing to win the elections, not to run away


Skopje, 21 July, 2017 - 13:53 (META) 

Today, VMRO-DPMNE’s leader and former Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, said in the Appellate Court that he was preparing to win elections, not to leave the country.

In the Appellate Court, where the appeals of some of the defendants and the appeals of the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office for the “Titanic” case are being reviewed at a public session, Gruevski arrived half an hour earlier, accompanied by his lawyers Boro Tasevski, Sanja Aleksic, Petar Vasilev and Dimitar Dangov.

He said in the courtroom that he had not committed a crime, nevertheless, he has been politically persecuted.

“I have not committed a crime and I have no reason to be afraid. I have been politically persecuted and a smear campaign has been led against me. The only witness against me is Zaev, and I am eager to begin the public trial to prove to the public that I am innocent. I had the opportunity to leave the country two years after the SPO announced that charges would be brought against me. I’ve traveled and I’ve always returned. I am preparing to win the elections, not to run away. Where could I run in this globalized world? So far, I have not been absent from the hearings, and on every single court summon, I will appear “, said Gruevski.

The Special Public Prosecutor’s Office are requesting that Gruevski be remanded into custody, because Prosecutor Gavril Bubevski said, summons cannot reach Gruevski. According to the SPO’s Prosecutor, the leader of the opposition party received only one summons, on April 6st, 2017.

“We failed to find someone to deliver the summons to him, neither by post, nor by DHL. All other summons were received by his security. We sent 10 summons to Gruevski and because he did not respond, he has been accused of obstructing justice”, said Bubevski.

Today, at the public session the appeals of the other defendants in the “Titanic” case, which some are high-ranking officials of the VMRO-DPMNE’s leadership, will be reviewed. After Gruevski, the court should decide on former Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska, Minister of Transport and Communications Mile Janakieski, former Head of Gruevski’s Cabinet, Martin Protuger, and Kiril Bozinovski.

The SPO requested that they be remanded into custody, but the Criminal Court only confiscated their passports and they had been ordered to report to the court once a week.


The court does not know how suspects in the “Titanic” case found out which judges would be deciding custody


Skopje, 7 July, 2017 - 17:56 (META) 

Today, the suspects from the “Titanic” case, including the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, asked for one of the three judges to be excluded from the Criminal Council who were deciding on the request of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for custody, confirmed Basic Court I, Skopje.

When the accused and their defense realized which judges are on the council, they said that this is unknown to them and they cannot comment on the case.

The court rejected this as speculations that Gruevski, as well, as the other defendants accused in the “Titanic” case, initially received custody, but with the help of the President of the Council, one of the judges was replaced, and after a second vote, custody was not granted.

The Criminal Councils of the Basic Court I, rejected the 18 requests for custody as unfounded, which were filed by the Special Prosecutor’s Office and replaced their requests with precautionary measures, meaning, confiscating of passports and reporting to the court once a week.


Gruevski gets address wrong, while giving up his immunity, and will have to write to Xhaferi


Skopje, 3 July, 2017 - 18:12 (META) 

VMRO-DPMNE’s leader Nikola Gruevski, and MP of the Parliament of Republic of Macedonia, who is accused in the “Titanic” case, the Special Prosecutor Office is seeking custody. Last Friday, he informed the Parliamentary Commission that he would give up his right to immunity, confirmed Parliament today.

Further more, the Commission is not competent to act upon this information, however, Gruevski has to submit a letter in writing and send it to Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi.

Today, the court is expected  to announce the rulings regarding the request for custody for Nikola Gruevski, Martin Protuger, Gordana Jankulovska, Mile Janakieski and Kiril Bozinovski. The rulings have already been decided. But, as the court informs, it will take time for it to be written and delivered to the accused, and then,  they will announce it to the public.


Mijalkov stripped of his passport, rulings on custody for “Titanic” case expected tomorrow


Skopje, 2 July, 2017 - 14:36 (META) 

The Criminal Councils of Basic Court Skopje I rejected the request by the Special Prosecutor’s Office to remand the former Director of the Administration for Security and Counter Intelligence (UBK), Saso Mijalkov into custody, as unfounded. He is the prime suspect in the cases “Target” and “Fortress”, which the SPO have merged into one case.

The request for custody, as reported by the Criminal Court today, was replaced with precautionary measures, i.e. Mijalkov’s passport was confiscated and he has to report once a week to the court.

The court also rejected the request for custody for the other four accused in the cases “Target” and “Fortress”, including the former director of the fifth administration, Goran Grujovski. Their passports have been confiscated and they also have to report to the court once a week.

So far, the court has dismissed all the requests for detainment made by the SPO. The SPO announced that it would appeal to the Appellate Court Skopje regarding the decisions made by the Criminal Councils.

The deadline for submitting appeals is 3 days after the ruling has been made.