Yesterday, the Ministry of Justice started the procedure for the preparation of the amendments to the Law on Witness Protection, which will give the Special Prosecutor’s Office the juridstiction to participate in the witness protection procedure, that is, to request and propose protection of certain witnesses when it is necessary for an investigation.
This is also the main purpose for changing the law, because the SPO is not actually in the lawful legal solution. The Council for Witness Protection now includes five members, ie a judge from the Supreme Court, a representative from the Public Prosecutor’s Office from among the deputy public prosecutors, the Director of the Directorate for Execution of Sanctions, a representative from the Ministry of Interior and the Head of a Department within the Ministry of Interior.
This legal amendment will harmonize the domestic legislation with European and international standards.
Otherwise, Special Public Prosecutor, Katica Janeva, asked in January last year for amendments to be made on the Law on Witness Protection, which after 10 months, that is, in October, on the proposal of the then opposition, found themselves in Parliament, but were not supported by the then parliamentary majority of VMRO-DPMNE.