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 Katica Janeva.
Dimitrov was reportedly informed by a non-resident diplomat serving in Macedonia, who received word of the extortion. When did Government officials know about the scandal and what they did about it turned into a major issue for the top people in Zaev’s regime. Throughout the scandal, Dimitrov was careful to put distance between himself and the allegations, at one point congratulating himself that he has never allowed suspected extortionist Bojan Jovanovski – Boki 13 to add him to the long list of Government officials he had met and taken selfies with.
Kamcev’s testimony was published exclusively by Infomax, and it prompted threats from Dimitrov that he will sue for slander. Today, he cited a decision by a media institution that the publication was not up to journalist standards as reason not to go before the courts.
At the moment when I saw the articles I was shocked by the brazen way in which my name was being involved in this, despite the fact I had absolutely no involvement, I said that I will seek justice before the courts. But, following good European practices and listening to the appeals from journalist associations, especially in light of the announcement of strong self-regulation of the internet, I decided to support the professional journalists and their attempts to regulate their own back yard, Dimitrov said today, announcing that he will not be pressing charges against Infomax and Republika.