Tag: spo
Macedonia 05.11.19 | 23:22

The once glamorous crime fighting SPO unit now faces unpaid salaries and a pile of electricity bills

The Special Prosecutor’s Office, which was supposed to be an elite crime fighting unit which is now thoroughly disgraced with accusations of abuse of power and extortion of millions of euros, is facing unpaid bills that may cut its power. Public Prosecutor Ljubomir Joveski, who accepted a plot...

Macedonia 02.11.19 | 11:16

On April 13, Zaev will find out who dug his political grave, the main culprits for the French “NO” are Boki 13 and Katica Janeva

Viktor Grozdanov says that that the main culprit of our country’s failure to get a date for opening accession negotiations with EU is not the French Ambassador, but Boki 13 and Katica Janeva. While we call our great friend Christian Thimonier and we accuse him of being the main culprit of not getting...

Macedonia 31.10.19 | 21:59

Ex SPO prosecutors seen visibly leading the witness during one of their trials

A bizarre testimony took place at the Skopje courthouse today where Jadranka Gulevska, an Interior Ministry official, testified that about alleged irregularities in the issuing of identity documents during the 2013 municipal elections. Gulevska is a witness for the former Special Prosecutor’s Office...

Macedonia 01.10.19 | 22:34

State Audit Office enters SPO

The State Audit Office enters the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office. Auditors have been sent several anonymous letters from prosecutors and staff complaining about the way the cases were distributed and the fees the prosecutors received. The audit was already planned as part of this year’s...

Macedonia 29.09.19 | 13:40

BESA leader Kasami says the only purpose of the Special Prosecutor’s Office was to bring down the Gruevski Government

BESA party leader Bilal Kasami says that the Special Prosecutor’s Office completely failed at its declared task – to restore the rule of law in Macedonia, and turned out to be a political tool of the SDSM party. From this perspective, the feeling is that the Special Prosecutor’s Office...

Macedonia 28.09.19 | 20:33

Sead Kocan, one of the victims of the Special Prosecutor’s Office, had all his property seized by the state

The Government seized all real-estate owned by businessman Sead Kocan, who was sentenced in one of the cases initiated by the now disgraced Special Prosecutor’s Office. Kocan had a total of 26 apartments, houses, commercial real-estate units and land units taken away from him, and the agency tasked...

Macedonia 28.09.19 | 14:39

World Macedonian Congress files charges against Janeva and her 12 prosecutors

The World Macedonian Congress filed criminal charges against all the prosecutors in the disgraced Special Prosecutor’s Office, accusing them with unlawful prosecution and using inadmissible, illegal evidence for political purposes. A total of 12 deputy prosecutors and the now detained Special Prosecutor...

Macedonia 27.09.19 | 11:16

EU Ambassador Zbogar acknowledges that the SPO scandal can affect Macedonia’s EU talks

EU Ambassador to Macedonia Samuel Zbogar acknowledged that the disappointment with the spectacular fall of the Special Prosecutor’s Office can affect the request that Macedonia is allowed to open EU accession talks in October. Accordign to the Ambassador, the disappointment can have a negative...

Macedonia 25.09.19 | 16:00

Kanal 5: Janeva’s prosecutors routinely took the wiretaps home

Kanal 5 TV reports on widespread abuse of protocols for accessing evidence in the disgraced Special Prosecutor’s Office. The TV channel cites sources within the now disbanded SPO who say that prosecutors would routinelly access the wiretaps given to them as evidence without registering, and would...

Macedonia 25.09.19 | 11:42

Neloski: Verusevski’s testimony is the final nail in the SPO coffin

Vladimir Neloski, member of the VMRO-DPMNE Executive Committee, believes that the shocking testimony from former spy chief Zoran Verusevski about the 2015 wiretapping scandal is the final nail in the coffin of the Special Prosecutor’s Office. Verusevski told the court earlier this week that the...

Macedonia 24.09.19 | 09:56

Gruevski on SPO blackmails to “helpers”: “Think again, you have children!”

In a lengthy post regarding Monday’s statement by Zoran Verusevski that the wiretaps were “compromised”, the ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, apart from for the SPO blackmails, also states the following: And don’t be surprised when one day those people who made statements under...

Macedonia 23.09.19 | 10:42

VMRO and SDSM teams meet again on the fate of the Special Prosecutor’s Office

Teams from the ruling SDSM party and the opposition VMRO-DPMNE will meet today to discuss the law on state prosecutors, which is at the center of the political crisis sparked when Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva was charged with wide-spread corruption and abuse of office. VMRO-DPMNE demands that a new...

Macedonia 22.09.19 | 20:51

Janeva demanded money from SPO’s “black fund” for her defense

A new letter from Katica Janeva has arrived at “Ruzveltova 34”. According to Sitel, the former special prosecutor has made several requests in the letter. In addition to getting her personal belongings, Janeva also wrote about the so-called “mutual fund” of the special prosecution,...

Macedonia 22.09.19 | 20:32

In addition to high salaries, SPO prosecutors received fees as high as their salaries, but had to keep silent

Special prosecutors received compensation for the confidentiality of their work on the wiretaps from the “bombs”. The fees sometimes were as high as their regular salaries, TV Telma’s “Kod” show says. This decision is classified information and prosecutors have been agreed...

Macedonia 20.09.19 | 15:39

Joveski’s prosecutors say they took over 170 cases and investigations from Katica Janeva

OJO/PPO prosecutors informed today that they have taken over about 20 criminal cases, 100 investigations and 40 initial lead cases from the disgraced Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO). The cases were taken over by OJO based on a controversial order by Katica Janeva which she issued from prison....

Macedonia 20.09.19 | 13:37

The ruling SDSM – DUI coalition tries to avoid an audit of the Special Prosecutor’s Office

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi refused the request from the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party that a Committee is set up to investigate the work of the disgraced Special Prosecutor’s Office. Xhaferi cited technicalities in the request in order to reject it. These include the fact that VMRO-DPMNE refuses...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 22:59

New round of talks on the law on state prosecutors will be held on Saturday

A new round of talks between the ruling SDSM party and the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party will be held on Saturday. The talks are held to find a solution to the chaos surrounding the Special Prosecutor’s Office, after its chief Katica Janeva was arrested and dismissed on corruption charges. SDSM and...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 22:16

SPO is on the verge of losing its protected witnesses

Some of the protected witnesses who were relied upon by the Special Prosecutor’s Office have begun to pull back, Infomax reports. According to the news site, the witnesses were asking for additional guarantees, after the institution was effectively dismantled and its case given to the OJO/PPO office. The...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 15:51

Two more former SPO prosecutors authorized to handle cases

Former SPO prosecutors Stevco Donev and Elizabeta Josifovska will continue to prosecute the “Trista” and “Total” cases. Prior to Donev and Josifovska, three other former SPO prosecutors received authorization from State Prosecutor Ljubomir Joveski to take charge of the cases they...

Macedonia 17.09.19 | 23:21

Sekerinska: We ensured that SPO cases are resolved, now everything is in the hands of the judiciary

With the new solutions we have practically ensured that all the SPO cases are fully resolved, said SDSM vice president and minister of defense Radmila Sekerinska. No one can use administrative or any judicial procedural reasons to deny them and now everything is in the hands of the judiciary. We as...

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