The Appellate Court in Skopje postponed indefinitely the public session during which a discussion was to occur about the appeal of the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s defense team regarding the use of covert investigation measures (PIM) as evidence in the trial process in the “Ransom” case, where Zaev is the accused.
The reason for the postponement of the session was because the judge upon this case, Afrim Fidani, was elected as a judge at the Supreme Court.
Judge Safet Kadriu announced that there still hasn’t been done an allocation and because of that, the session is postponed indefinitely.
The defense and Zaev demand that the recordings should not be used as evidence since they were already published publicly i.e. parts of them were uploaded on the Youtube service and later they were taken over by various media and published.
Due to the waiting on the Appellate Court’s decision, the hearing for the “Ransom” case was postponed, and the next is set for the 25th of December.
In the “Ransom” case, Zaev is the prime suspect for demanding and taking ransom in the amount of 200.00 euros from a businessman from Strumica, Ivan Nikolov- Sachevaliev, regarding a legalization of a parcel.