Wednesday, 19 December 2018 | News today: 16

SPO and the court protect their reputation using a fake secret service report

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The Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) issued an explanation on its detention requests for former Government officials Mile Janakieski and Kiril Bozinovski, which shows that their requests are based on a likely falsified report from the UBK secret service. Janakieski and Bozinovski were detained a day after former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski announced that he has left the country for Hungary, even though both were dutifully following court orders and the detention order for Bozinovski was clearly copied from the one prepared for Janakieski.

– On a recomendation from the SPO office, the Criminal Council in the Basic Court Skopje I, taking in consideration the information that the two are flight risk, determined that the measures put in place to secure their presence are not enough, and decided that the two should be detained, a measure necessary to secure their presence while the criminal proceedings are going on, the SPO said in a press release.

Janakieski responded to his detention by saying it’s like bolting the stable door after the horse has fled. Bozinovski and Janakieski handed over their passports and reported at the court each Friday to ensure that they will remain in the country. These measures date back to July 2017, and were respected in full. Their defenders, Elenko Milanov and Sanja Aleksic, said that the detention orders are vengeful acts of a Government angry that the prime suspect has left the country.

– The fact that the clients respected the court orders was ignored as soon as it became apparent that Gruevski is no longer in the country, said Milanov. Aleksic added that the defense worked with the SPO and followed all court orders.

– The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg is of the opinion that actions by one defendant can’t be used as basis to order the detention of another defendant. Specifically, Mile Janakieski and Kiril Bozinovski did nothing to warrant their detention, added Aleksic.

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According to the still classified UBK report cited by the court, Janakieski and Bozinovski asked Persident Ivanov for pardons, using intermediaries. The President’s office demanded answers from the UBK and the Interior Ministry why is his work being monitored. President Ivanov said that he hasn’t met any intermediaries, and had a direct meeting with Janakieski, while he hasn’t met with Bozinovski at all. The court orders were clearly copied, as the one about Bozinovski carried the docket number of the Janakieski case and said that the defendant is charged in a number of SPO cases, even though Bozinovski is only charged in one case.