Category: Macedonia
Macedonia 20.09.19 | 13:07

After being pressured by UNESCO, Ohrid authorities demolish a house being built without a permit

Ohrid city authorities began to demolish a house that was unlawfully being built in the north-eastern part of the city, allegedly by a company owned by notorious local DUI party official Nefi Useini. The city was called out for its inability to tackle unlawful construction, including a downtown restaurant...

Macedonia 20.09.19 | 11:58

Dimovski: 15 VMRO members of Parliament, myself included, were blackmailed by the SPO

Ilija Dimovski said that he, and about 15 other VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament, were targets of blackmail by the Special Prosecutor’s Office. We were directly blackmailed, at least 15 of us. Why is only the investigation against Orce Kamcev seen as racketeering, there are at least two other major...

Macedonia 20.09.19 | 11:42

Agapi Dika, another of Boki 13’s lieutenants, called for questioning

Agapi Dika, one of the officials of the International Association – a bogus charity used by Bojan Jovanovski – Boki 13 to extort money from businesses – is being questioned today. According to the allegations, Boki 13 used the International Association to get at least a million EUR...

Macedonia 20.09.19 | 11:32

Migrant from Pakistan hit by train, killed, near Gradsko

A migrant from Pakistan was killed by the Gevgelija – Skopje passenger train on Thursday afternoon. The 23 year old man identified as A.I. was hit by the train near the village of Nogaevci, in the Gradsko area, while he was walking on the tracks along with a friend, 30 year old R.M. A.I. was killed...

Macedonia 20.09.19 | 11:02

French Ambassador warned about Government attempts to rig the enrollment process at the Academy of judges and prosecutors

Members of Parliament from VMRO-DPMNE sent a letter to French Ambassador Christian Thimonier warning against attempts to politically influence the Academy of judges and prosecutors, an ostensibly independent institution tasked with educating the future top cadres in the judiciary. According to the opposition...

Macedonia 20.09.19 | 10:44

Zaev’s head of the Statistics Bureau denies his claims about “phantom voters”

Apostol Simovski, the head of the State Statistics Bureau, dismissed one of the most frequently repeated claims by Zoran Zaev, while he was in the opposition. Zaev and his SDSM party insisted that there is a huge number of phantom voters on the electoral rolls, and refused to participate in elections...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 23:43

VMRO-DPMNE marks 90 years since the birth of leading Communist era dissident Dragan Bogdanovski

VMRO-DPMNE marked the 90th anniversary of the birth of Dragan Bogdanovski, the Communist era dissident who was instrumental in founding the conservative party. Bogdanovski (1929-1998) was a leading Macedonian emigre intellectual, who was being detained as student in Communist Yugoslavia for his campaigns...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 23:26

Ambassador Thimonier says it’s best not to create too much drama over the EU accession talks date

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier said that France supports the integration of Macedonia into the EU, but would not commit to supporting the opening of accession talks in October. You will say that the European Commission has prepared positive reports on a number of occasions, for this...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 22:59

New round of talks on the law on state prosecutors will be held on Saturday

A new round of talks between the ruling SDSM party and the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party will be held on Saturday. The talks are held to find a solution to the chaos surrounding the Special Prosecutor’s Office, after its chief Katica Janeva was arrested and dismissed on corruption charges. SDSM and...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 22:26

Intimidation: Police sent to photograph farmers protesting in Rosoman

Police officers were used to film the protest of farmers in Rosoman, one of Macedonia’s main grape and peach growing regions. Agriculture Minister Trajan Dimovski was in for a hot reception, as the farmers chanted against him and demanded he resigns. Farmers blocked the motorway from Rosoman to...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 22:16

SPO is on the verge of losing its protected witnesses

Some of the protected witnesses who were relied upon by the Special Prosecutor’s Office have begun to pull back, Infomax reports. According to the news site, the witnesses were asking for additional guarantees, after the institution was effectively dismantled and its case given to the OJO/PPO office. The...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 18:40

Kiracovski threatens to sue Republika again

The recently deposed SDSM party Secretary General Aleksandar Kiracovski again threatened to sue Republika. In a Facebook post Kiracovski praised a journalist association for condemning media outlets who carry claims from Dusko Ilievski, a former SDSM party activist from Bitola, who now frequently accuses...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 18:15

Pharma company provided evidence against top public healthcare officials Filipce and Doncev to state prosecutors

Lawyer Zvonko Davidovik, who represents pharmaceutical executive Vera Ivanova, says that there is ample evidence against Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce and the head of the FZO public healthcare fund Den Doncev. Both are accused by Ivanova of orchestrating an investigation against her dialysis provider...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 18:02

Nikola Dimitrov decides not to sue Republika and Infomax

Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said that he will not sue Republika and Infomax for publishing excerpts from the testimony of businessman Jordan Orce Kamcev, in which he claimed that Dimitrov was among those informed of the high level corruption and extortion that was being carried out by Special Prosecutor...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 17:39

Journalists asked to leave Government meeting on “fake news”

Zoran Zaev’s “transparency minister” Robert Popovski asked the press to leave the meeting held today to prepare the new regulation aimed against media outlets which the Government declares as “fake news”. The press was invited at the opening of the gala event, which also...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 17:22

Kiracovski’s lawyer insists on having a retraction published, even if it’s devoid of facts

Trajche Arsov, a lawyer who frequently represents SDSM party official Aleksandar Kiracovski in his attempts to silence media outlets who report on his corruption allegations, sent a retraction and an apology request to Republika. The cause of the request is that Republika published excerpts from a Washington...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 16:50

SDK: Kamcev paid 1.5 million EUR to Janeva for a temporary passport

The sum of 1.5 million EUR, which businessman Jordan Orce Kamcev paid to Bojan Jovanovski – Boki 13, was given in order to secure the approval for Kamcev to receive a new passport, reports the SDK news site. According to the site, the money were ultimately meant Boki 13’s close friend, Special...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 15:51

Two more former SPO prosecutors authorized to handle cases

Former SPO prosecutors Stevco Donev and Elizabeta Josifovska will continue to prosecute the “Trista” and “Total” cases. Prior to Donev and Josifovska, three other former SPO prosecutors received authorization from State Prosecutor Ljubomir Joveski to take charge of the cases they...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 15:29

Germany will give the green light for accession talks date

Germany will support Macedonia and approve a date for opening EU accession talks. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani after meeting with Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth. Osmani received confirmation from Roth that the German...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 13:03

Nikoloski: There will be no inter-ministerial meeting between our government and European Commission neither in December nor in March

Neither in December nor in March there will be an inter-ministerial meeting between our government and the European Commission to start negotiations with the European Union, VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski said at Wednesday’s TV debate with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov. Unfortunately,...

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