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Macedonia Press Review – October 13, 2015

Proposed deputy special prosecutors to be reviewed separately; Former telecom heads accused of bribing Macedonian politicians; Ruling party is in panic from special prosecutor


The newly elected Special Prosecutor for illegal surveillance cases proposed budget that weighs over €1 million has drawn criticism from media, the daily says. Special prosecutor Katica Janeva demands this money for 124 employees and for some 20-30 expected cases, the daily says, adding that the regular Public Prosecution functions with far less money while having 448 employees. The head of the Prosecutor’s Council, Petar Anevskisays says that they will decide separately upon each of the 14 proposed deputy special prosecutors. Janeva demanded their election in one package.

The testimony before a US court by Slobodan Bogoevski, former Macedonian Deputy Secretary for State Security, has resulted in charges against three former Magyar Telecom officials who are accused of bribing Macedonian politicians for a privileged position on the telephony market. The telecom chiefs are accused for bribing former Macedonian Prime Minister, Vlado Buckovski, former deputy Prime Minister Musa Xhaferi and the head of the junior ruling Democratic Union for Integration, Ali Ahmeti.

It is becoming ever more certain that high ruling VMRO DPMNE party officials, maybe even the Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, would face criminal charges very soon, ahead of the April early elections. That is why the ruling party has launched an attack on the special prosecutor Katica Janeva whose task is to investigate cases related to the mass illegal surveillance scandal, the daily says.

Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.

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