Despite yesterday’s announcement that the public will be involved, prosecutor Vilma Ruskoska today asked that the Racket trial is held behind closed doors, and the judge removed the press. The move comes as the court was supposed to hear additional tapes recorded by defendant Zoran Mileski – Zoki Kiceec which the other two defendants, Bojan Jovanovski – Boki 13 and Katica Janeva asked to be used as evidence and insisted include important new revelations.

My family and I endured so many speculations and were pillored in the public, so let’s have these infamous tapes in the public as well, Boki 13 asked the court, to no avail.

Ruskoska’s move comes after she tried to downplay one surveillance recording showing Kiceec in the company of Vice Zaev, the brother of Zoran Zaev, and Zaev’s lawyer Vane Andreev. Ruskoska presented the recording without comment, and without audio – it was the press that noticed Vice Zaev on the tape.

Defense attorneys for Janeva and Boki 13 also demanded that the tapes are heard in full, with open press, but judge Vaska Nikolovska – Masevska would not budge. Boki 13 recently announced that he will open “Pandora’s box” – a comment widely seen as an announcement that he will finally name the Government officials involved in the scandal.

The surveillance tapes also revealed Janeva meeting President Pendarovski and Kiceec visiting the Government building. Meanwhile, VMRO-DPMNE member of Parliament Antonio Milososki announced that he will give Ruskoska an audio recording which proves that Zaev was closely involved in the racketeering scandal.