The Public Prosecutor’s Office (OJO) informed that it will now begin a case for high treason against Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov. The request came from the World Macedonian Congress which asked OJO to declare the signing of the Prespa treaty as a clear case of treason.

The case against Zaev and Dimitrov listed the articles of the Constitution and the Criminal Code which they violated. These include bringing Macedonia into a subordinate position toward a foreign power, endangering the independence of the country, hostile activity, undermining the reputation of the country, undermining the unitary character of the state and other articles.

OJO informed that the arguments in the proposed criminal charges were investigated but that the prosecutors found that the actions of Zaev and Dimitrov do not meet the criteria to have them charged.

The act of high treason means that the person has used force or a serious threat of violence to alter the constitutional order of the country and to bring down the highest institutions of the state. In the actions of the two there is no use of force, or a serious threat, the Prosecutor’s Office said in a press release.