Zoran Zaev’s former chief of staff Dragi Raskovski, who is now charged with corruption, sent out a message strongly pushing his associates to have a software deal approved that would net him hundreds of thousands of euros.

Raskovski was Secretary General of the Government when the deal to purchase software for traffic management was signed with a company in which he had business interests and was the main developer of the software. In a message he sent to the nominal director of the company Invoca Group Daniel Stancev, Raskovski apparently instructs him on the bidding procedure.

Get this one wrong, and I will kill myself, he tells Stancev.

The prosecutors today revealed the messages they exchanged. Before the court, Raskovski denied the authenticity of the messages, or the way in which they were represented.