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President Ivanov appalled by copied detention order, demands answers from the UBK and judicial authorities

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Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said he is appalled by how the Skopje Criminal Court copied a detention order in the cases against former Government officials Mile Janakieski and Kiril Bozinovski, even forgetting to correct obvious mistakes in the haste. President Ivanov is especially appalled by how Janakieski’s contact with him is used to justify the detention, based on a fraudulent report by the UBK secret service and likely wiretapping of the President’s communications.

– In the detention order against Bozinovski, the court again cites the identical UBK report that was cited in the Janakieski case. Again the President is wrongfully cited as a reason for the detention. We categorically deny that Kirl Bozinovski asked, personally or through an intermediary, for a meeting with President Ivanov. We also deny ever meeting an intermediary of Janakieski, as cited in the UBK report. The Office of the President of the Republic of Macedonia demands to know whether a case of unlawful wiretapping is being covered up by mentioning made up sources by the UBK, the Office of the President said through a press release on Friday.

Janakieski and Bozinovski were detained on Wednesday, even though they were faithfully following all court orders put in place to secure their presence in the country and at trial hearings in cases against them. They were detained a day after former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, in whose administrations they served, left Macedonia for Hungary where he is claiming asylum citing death threats and political persecution. The detention orders prepared by the court quote a still classified UBK report, whose very publication likely constitutes a violation of the law on classified information by the judge. The text of the two orders is clearly copied, given that the Bozinovski order contains a number of mistakes copied over from the Janakieski order.

The President again calls on the Interior Ministry and the UBK secret service to determine who is responsible for unlawful surveillance of the President’s work. He also called on the Intelligence Oversight Committee of the Parliament, the Council of Public Prosecutors, the Judicial Council and the Directorate for Classified Information to get involved in the case. The President has also notified foreign diplomatic representatives in Macedonia about the developing situation with the detentions.