Telma TV reports that an unprecedented bank withdrawal was one of the events which tipped off investigators about the major racketeering scandal which brought down Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva.
It reportedly involved a major construction company from Bitola which transferred 750.000 EUR to the account of an elderly woman from Skopje. The woman was part of the International Alliance, a charity that was set up by Bojan Jovanovski – Boki 13, the cross-dressing showman who was arrested on charges of racketeering and trading favors in criminal cases that were initiated by Katica Janeva.
The woman then withdrew the entire sum in one go, after asking the bank to make it available. The money were withdrawn in a bag and the woman was seen walking into a car and leaving the bank.
This unprecedented withdrawal by a lady who would normally collect just her pension, rang alarm bells in the financial police and in the UJP revenue service. The usual 10 percent income tax was paid for the transaction, but the grounds for the payment were not clear.
When questioned, both the elderly woman and the company owner insisted that the money were paid to help the Boki 13 led charity build low income housing. Now that the investigation has made a small initial step, it is widely rumored that Boki 13 was collecting money from businessmen who were being investigated by Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva, with the full knowledge and support of the Zaev Government. The money were allegedly paid to get Janeva to go easy on the defendants or to potentially drop the charges altogether.