The head of the Open Society Institute – Macedonia, Vladimir Milcin, will sue the Lustration Commission and its head, Tome Adziev, for wrongfully naming him a Communist-era police informant.
Vladimir Milcin | Photo by: Sinisa Jakov Marusic
Vladimir Milcin, a vocal critic of the government, accused Tome Adziev of deliberately withholding three key documents that prove his innocence against the accusation that he was a Communist-era police informant.
Milcin argues that Adziev is attempting to frame him under instructions from the government.
“The goal of this lustration is not to settle the injustices of the past, but to tarnish people’s reputation,” Milcin said at a press conference on Monday.
He called Adziev a “tumor in our society” who causes “repulsiveness” with his “industrious servility” to the government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
Milcin says that Adziev hid a document that reveals that the Security and Counter Intelligence Service, UBK, recently informed the Commission that rather than collaborating with the ex-Yugoslavian secret police, he was actually spied on by them.
The second document is a questionnaire from his 1983 police file that states that he has not been informing the secret police.
The third document is an official police note from 1987. The note pertains to police interest in one of his interviews and involved the questioning of his associates at the Drama Arts Faculty, where he was a professor.
“This government is in no way different than the former communist regime that has followed me and my correspondence, checked and banned my plays and called me an anarcho-liberal,” Milcin said.
In late July, the Commission named 11 people as communist informants and Milcin was one of them.
According to the new Lustration Law passed this summer, the Commission will publish the names of informants online. The law was enacted under the instruction of the ruling VMRO DPMNE party of Prime Minister Gruevski.
There are no longer any specified professions that have to be lustrated, but people are given the right to initiate the lustration process if they suspect someone collaborated with the police.
The Constitutional Court scrapped the previous law in late March and stated it is unconstitutional to compel people such as the clergy, journalists, NGO activists and others, to swear that they never collaborated with the secret police during the Communist period or afterwards.
The Court also said that the law could only apply for the period before 1991, when states began to secede from the former Yugoslavia. The new law, however, still sets the date for lustration until 2006, which is in defiance of the Constitutional Court’s ruling.
Milcin says he will take the Commission’s accusation against him to the administrative court, which has the power to dismiss the claim.