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Appellate Court succumbs to political pressure, accepts SPO’s requirements without any argument

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The Skopje-based Appellate Court has decided that wiretapped conversations can be used as evidence in the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) case “Titanic” over election irregularities.

A public session was held in the court on Monday, at which former minister of interior Gordana Jankuloska and former minister of transport and communications Mile Janakieski said they had been victims of the wiretapping and urged against the use of these conversations as evidence.

SPO representatives stressed that the wiretapped conversations were not illegally obtained and could serve as evidence in the case.

The SPO lodged an appeal to the October 20 decision by the Criminal Court to reject the wiretapped conversations as evidence in the case.

“Titanic”, the first case unveiled by the SPO, refers to crimes related to election irregularities. Former PM Nikola Gruevski, former minister of interior Gordana Jankuloska, former minister of transport and communications Mile Janakieski, former PM’s office chief Martin Protogjer and former government secretary-general Kiril Bozinovski are indicted in the case.

They are suspected of criminal association, violation of voting rights, violation of the freedom of choice, election bribes, destruction of election materials and abuse of election campaign funds.