The Special Public Prosecution has new evidence in the “Transporter” case regarding the transportation facilities in which the prime suspect is the Mayor of Bitola Vladimir Taleski, stated the Special Prosecution for “Meta”. According to the information we came across, the SPO has submitted thirty new requests for the inspection of documentation in schools in Bitola, the Ministry of Finance, and the suspected carriers.
The biggest manipulations, according to the SPO, were made in the tenders in 2009 and 2011. Under the Law on Transport, however, it is forbidden for municipal transport to interfere with the transportation of students.
“Meta” also found that almost all the companies that are accused of wrongdoing with the school transport in Bitola, in the “Transporter” case which was opened by the Special Public Prosecutor in April, again received a tender for transportation of students in the municipality.
The paradox, however, was even greater, the day the SPO informed the public about the “Transporter”case , when they opened an investigation against 22 people on the grounds of reasonable suspicion of having committed a criminal offense of “abuse of official position and authority”, two of the companies suspected of these crimes received two new lines to operate in Bitola.
The Municipality of Bitola decided “Jem Tours” and “Bobi Tours” will be the new carriers that will operate the new line number three, which passes the part of town called Little Paris as well as in the upper part of Bitola near the hospital “Plodnost” and the line will circle around the boulevard to a place called Dulieto and vice versa.
This research was made possible by support from the American people through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) within the USAID program for Anticorruption. The contents of this publication are the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the government of the United States.