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Opposition accuses its own former leader for crime; Opposition launches attack against its former head, turned critic
The main opposition party, the Social Democrats, SDSM, has double standards when it comes to some of its prominent members that now criticize the happenings inside. Five years ago, the party strongly stood in defence of its former head Vlado Buckovski who has been on trial for alleged financial misuse with spare parts for the army tanks. Buckovski was then sentenced to 3,5 years in jail but the sentence was annulled by the appellation court. Today, when Buckovski publically criticizes the current leadership of the party, insisting on fundamental changes inside, his party accuses him indirectly for being one of local politicians and officials who in 2005-2006 allegedly took millions of euros in bribes from Magyar Telecom to delay the country from opening its wireless market to new competition.
Branko Crvenkovski, the head of the opposition Social Democrats, SDSM, has launched an all-out offensive against his former close associate, turned critic, Vlado Buckovski, the daily says. In a coordinated attack on media portals and social networks, the opposition party indirectly pointed out Buckovski for involvement in the Magyar Telecom scandal. The party said it has filed a law suit against unknown perpetrators whoa alledgedly took money from the company to delay the country from opening its wireless market to new competition. Although SDSM says that the law suit is primarily directed towards members of the ruling VMRO DPMNE party who in 2005-2006 were members of the telecom board, the daily comments that this is a clear message to Buckovski.
Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
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