Profile 08 Jun 17

Marko Zvrlevski: Macedonia’s ‘Puppet’ Prosecutor Faces Dismissal

With a new government in place, Macedonia’s compromised chief Public Prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski, who was seen as a puppet of the former regime, can't hope to stay in office much longer.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic
Macedonia's chief Public Prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski. Photo: MIA

After Zvrlevski kept silent amid repeated calls from the new Prime Minister Zoran Zaev for his resignation, the government on Tuesday decided to launch the process of seeking his dismissal.

The reason that the government offered was Zvrlevski's "unlawful and untimely fulfilment of his duties" – an allegation on which the Public Prosecutor refused to comment.

During his term in office, the 57-year-old prosecutor was widely accused of being too close to former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's party and of a completely selective approach in dealing with the many corruption scandals that threatened to jeopardise Gruevski's popularity and his grip on power.

His refusal to accept as evidence the wiretapped conversations released in 2015 by the now ruling Social Democrats, SDSM, and to carry out effective investigations into the many criminal allegations they contained, led to the formation of the Special Prosecution, SJO, which now works independently of Zvrlevski's jurisdiction.

Zvrlevski to this day deems the SJO "unconstitutional", describes his work as strictly professional and insists that it has led to prosecutors improved their efficiency.

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