American acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer called on the Macedonian judiciary to fully and thoroughly investigate all suspicions against Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva. Janeva resigned three weeks ago after it was revealed that her close associate Bojan Jovanovski – Boki 13 was using their ties to extort millions of euros from businessmen who faced prosecution from Janeva.
Palmer told the Serbian edition of the Voice of America that, if such allegations exist, they require a serious response, and that if evidence is found, appropriate charges should be filed. Palmer said that it would show respect for the rule of law which is needed for “North” Macedonia to advance on its European path.
His statement comes days after his superior, Assistant Secretary of State Philip Reeker completely ignored Janeva’s resignation and especially the spectacular allegations surrounding her work, with charges that top officials of the ruling SDSM party were also involved.
Like Reeker, Palmer also called on the two major parties, VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM, to adopt a new law on state prosecutors.