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Gruevski: What the SPO is doing is illegal

What the SPO is doing is illegal because their mandate has expired long time ago and these pre-trial procedures in fact serve to harass the citizens because they cannot bring indictments, which means basically they are operating illegally, said the former prime minister and leader of VMRO-DPMNE Nikola Gruevski after Wednesday’s hearing in the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office.

“I’ve been summoned by the SPO as a witness in some pre-trial investigation as they said. I pointed out that what they were doing is illegal, that their mandate had expired a long time ago and that these pre-trial procedures in fact serve to harass the citizens because they cannot bring indictments, which means basically they are operating illegally,” Gruevski said.

But, as he added, he came to say his opinion and answer some questions.

I think they are doing this so that I can stand here before you to make this statement. Instead of discussing about what is happening in the country, about what is said about changing the name by Zaev, instead of discussing about realizing the promised 100 thousand denars salary for doctors or about the 500 euro average salary, about the scandalous agreement with Bulgaria or about the bilingualism that is being pushed by SDSM in Parliament, they want to turn the attention to the fact that I was summoned to the SPO and that I made a statement as a witness, said Gruevski.

According to him, “all this is political in order to divert attention from the basic problems facing the state and the citizens, to talk about the past and to lure the public.”

Article 12, line 2 of the Law on Criminal Procedure, is very clear that illegally obtained audio or video tapes cannot be evidence in court proceedings. Considering that this is a pre-trial procedure, I think that I am not legally allowed to communicate, Gruevski said after the hearing in the SPO.