With state prosecutors adamant that they won’t prosecute SDSM member of Parliament Pavle Bogoevski over his drug use, the Expres news site called out the Internal revenue service (UJP) to look into the tax evasion aspect of the scandal.
Bogoevski was recorded while speaking to his dealer on the phone, ordering a drug that to those versed in the lingo appears like cocaine. He defends himself by claiming that the was ordering cannabis oil for a sick family member.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said he forgives Bogoevski for the crime he acknowledged and with that he practically told the prosecutors not to file charges. But UJP can investigate his tax evasion. When purchasing cannabis oil in a pharmacy, the price includes a 19 percent value added tax, so Bogoevski likely withheld 500 denars from each of his purchases from his dealer. If the purchases were going on for years, he likely withheld thousands of euros in taxes, Expres writes, calling on Finance Minister Dragan Tevdovski and UJP director Sanja Lukrevska to investigate.