Macedonia appoints new prosecutor over continued scandal

New special prosecutor appointed with full autonomy to lead investigation over 'tapping,' 'coup' case

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski

The Macedonian parliament appointed a special prosecutor to investigate assertions on the government over claims of a large wiretapping operation which drove the country into a political crisis.

The appointment of the special prosecutor aired on late Tuesday as one of the most important elements of the Przino agreement to reduce the tension and end the political crisis.

Katica Janeva, 50-year-old, elected by the Macedonian parliament was working as a public prosecutor in the southern city Gevgelija.

According to Libertas website, the special prosecutor is familiar with organised crime, corruption and the mafia while she was abroad in Italy, as well as training in the United States.

According to the Przino agreement, it took long debates among the four main political parties, the EU delegation, and the US in addition to appointing a special prosecutor for the conservative governing party VMRO-DPMNE leader and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski to leave his seat 100 days before the elections. 

Macedonian leaders agreed, on June 2, to have an early election, no later than April of 2016.

The leadership of Macedonian's main opposition party, the Socialist Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) ended their boycott and returned to the Macedonian parliament on September 1.

Gruevski said that he is satisfied with the decision of adding a special public prosecutor, and will support all of the efficient and professional operations, he said in an interview with the Macedonian television, Sitel.

“Satisfaction with the law and a person who is a senior professional with international training and experience suggests that around with the play that will focus on professional person can be worn with work. You will have the full support, we want the most transparent and efficiently performs its work,” said the Prime Minister. 

Gruevski believes that the special prosecutor has been chosen at right time for country and demonstrates the commitment and the correctness of the ruling party.

“No, on time of negotiations person [special prosecutor] elected and agreed on regulation. From our side we are fully correct.”

According to an agreement, the special prosecutor will have full autonomy over the investigation and prosecution in relation to the crimes committed.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and the United States appreciate Macedonian political parties on agreement.

Hahn tweeted on his personal account and congratulated Macedonia over their appointment.

US Ambassador to Skopje Jess Baily, on his press release congratulated Macedonia saying “we congratulate the parties on the agreement reached today on establishing a Public Prosecutor for investigation of crimes related and arising from the content of illegally intercepted communication and on nominating Katica Janeva to fill the position,” adding “this appointment represents a significant step toward establishing accountability.  The United States, with our European partners, remains committed to helping Macedonia implement the Przino agreement and move forward on its path to full integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions as a vibrant, prosperous and multi-ethnic democracy.”

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