The office of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev remains silent a day after the defense attorney of his former friend Bojan Jovanovski – Boki 13 announced it will produce audio tapes and screenshots of their conversations implicating Zaev in the Racket scandal.
This is the second time Boki 13 publicly announced that he has evidence about Zaev, and the first time he offered to produce it in court. In a week the court will hold another hearing and should decide whether it will dare admit evidence that is pointing ot the Prime Minister – after any lead toward Zaev was ignored during the first Racket trial.
Boki’s attorney said that in one of the tapes, Zaev offers to invest 100 million EUR in Boki’s real-estate scheme, for which he is now being prosecuted. To make matters worse, the sum was likely supposed to include public funds, which Boki was trying to get in the form of subsidies to build welfare retirement homes.
The opposition VMRO-DPMNE party issued a statement saying that “it is another confirmation that Zave himself and his Government were involved in the extortion of millions of euros from businessmen”.
Mayors were signing memorandums to facilitate the scheme, party officials were targeting businessmen and Zaev was giving guarantees to the tune of hundreds of millions of euros. We’d like to remind the public that the defendant (Boki 13) stated that the money he extorted ended up with Zoran Zaev and his brother Vice. This is classic example of high level crime. There are now 100 million new reasons why the investigation needs to be expanded, VMRO-DPMNE said in its statement.