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Macedonia Press Review – September 22, 2015

Second law case against opposition Social Democrat leader stalls; identity of Macedonians with Swiss bank accounts remains a mystery; former mayor forms new civil movement.


Three months have passed since the Skopje Criminal Court held its last session in the case dubbed as “bribery” where the opposition leader Zoran Zaev is being charged for taking a 200.000 euro bribe from a businessman from Strumica. The judge should asses whether the case against Zaev should procede but this is not happening, the daily says. After the case called “coup” where Zaev is charged for alleged threatening to high state officials, this is the second case where the continuation is uncertain, the daily adds.

The investigation in Macedonia about rich citizens who have bank accounts in the Swiss bank HSBC has been stalled, the daily writes. While other countries already made public the identities of its citizens with hefty bank accounts there, the names of the nine Macedonians, one of whom had 54 million USD, are still a mystery for the Macedonian public. Macedonian media started investigating the affair in February and the prosecution launched a case in May, but since then there has been no new info on its progression.

We have the richest ruling party in the world while our people are digging up garbage bins, sayd former Skopje mayor and a businessman, Trifun Kostovski announcing the formation of a new civil movement whose founder he is.

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

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