VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski said that he was personally blackmailied by now disgraced Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva. Janeva used the charges she initiated against the largest opposition party to freeze VMRO-DPMNE assets, and then, Mickoski said, she promised she will unfreeze the assests if the party votes to make her appointment permanent.

I publicly called on the state prosecutors to invite me to testify over this case. I was subjected to blackmail by Katica Janeva. She asked that we support the new law on prosecutors, and said that in return she would unfreeze our party assets. The assets were frozen unlawfully, as the court was pressured by the SDSM party and her prosecutors, Mickoski said during a visit to Bitola.

Regarding the press conference Zoran Zaev had on Friday, during which he presented a new law his SDSM party prepared by itself, and announced that he will nominate another SDSM loyalist Vilma Ruskoska to be the new Special Prosecutor, Mickoski said that this is a list of Zaev’s wishes.

Zaev made public his personal wishes, we await for him to give us that document, and our legal teams will respond shortly. We remain committed to our own proposal, which includes all elements which a truly reformist law should have, Mickoski said.

The opposition leader was asked about the rumors that Katica Janeva, who has not been seen in public since Monday, left Macedonia, and the VMRO request that she is detained. Mickoski said that there are reports about her being placed on a list preventing citizens from leaving the country, which he said would be a precedent. VMRO demands that actual charges are initiated against Katica Janeva, after two of her alleged associates were arrested on the charges that they extorted 1.5 million EUR from businessman Jordan Orce Kamcev, while promising him that in return Janeva will drop her charges against him.