SDSM member of Parliament Pavle Bogoevski said that he can’t prove the illegal substance he was recorded buying from his dealer is cannabis oil.

It is widely assumed that Bogoevski was buying cocaine, given the price, quantity and “preparation method” being discussed in the recording. Still, the leader of the Colored Revolution insisted that it was cannabis oil, that was not even for him but for a sick family member. This succeeded in garnering him some sympathy among his supporters, while being mocked in the wider public, but never the less he said he will resign from Parliament and refused to submit himself to a public drug test. Bogoevski, who is the leading SDSM enforcer in stripping opposition members of Parliament from their immunity, often based on inadmissible illegally recorded wiretaps, also wants to go after the taxi driver he claims secretly recorded his drug purchase.

We have to ask ourselves if there are still active surveillance measures aimed at current officials, and who else owns the recordings and uses them? How are the recordings being used, why are the institutions silent on the matter, on this obvious abuse and crime? We have direct publication of wiretaps which submits us to public dragging, the self-awareness lacking Bogoevski said during a TV interview.

For good measure, he also blamed former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski of being involved in the publication of the tape of his drug purchase.

Ahead of the presidential elections, SDMS supporters were roundly critical of a VMRO-DPMNE video ad which portrayed a man supporting the name change while making gestures characteristic of cocaine users. But following Bogoevski’s scandal, this portrayal of the urban, angry, left wing activists from the Colored Revolution gained traction among the public.