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Case Talir 2: Prosecutor Ristoska shows up in court without SJO associate

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Prosecutor Lence Ristoska appeared in court Thursday morning and for the first time she was not accompanied by a fellow prosecutor or associate from the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SJO).

She refused to answer reporters’ questions, citing busy schedule.

The hearing in Talir 2 case began today. Ristoska has been assigned to the case by Prosecutor General Ljubomir Joveski.

The former prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, and former government dignitary Kiril Bozinovski are charged with power abuse. The indictment alleges that the two had abused office by granting Beton construction company a contract to build the headquarters of the then-ruling VMRO-DPMNE party [the so-called white palace] although the company had simultaneously entered into several public procurement arrangements with public institutions and state-run enterprises. Granting the contract was found to be in violation of the Law on Political Parties, the Law on Funding of Political Parties and the Obligatory Relations Act.

The two defendants are suspected to have acquired substantial property benefits for the party [VMRO-DPMNE] with an estimated worth of 8.2 million euros.

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Arrest warrant issued for Spasov

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Former special police officer Igor Spasov, who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for murdering Martin Neskoski, is wanted on recall to prison after going missing.

Macedonian police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday after he failed to show up to begin his sentence. The arrest warrant has been published on the web-site of the Ministry of Interior.

The former member of special police force vanished after ignoring summons to serve time after he was sentenced in prison on murder charges.

The man had probably fled justice to avoid serving a 14-year jail sentence for a murder conviction. He was to report to Idrizovo correctional facility on 18 October.

The murder took place during a late-night celebration of VMRO-DPMNE’s victory in 2011 parliamentary elections.

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Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today

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The US Secretary of State’s Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, will visit North Macedonia on Tuesday.

Special Representative Palmer is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

The two are expected to discuss the bilateral relations between North Macedonia and the United States, including the US support for the country’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. They will exchange views on the situation in the country and the region.

In late August, the U.S. State Department appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer as special envoy for the Western Balkans with a mandate to help integrate the region into Western institutions.

US Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer  as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans.  In this role, Palmer will lead our efforts to strengthen U.S. diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions.

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Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron

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We can give arguments to reassure President Macron that “methodology prior to enlargement” proposal could be converted into “enlargement along with change in methodology”, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev wrote on his Facebook page, alluding to France’s Emmanuel Macron’s initiative for new enlargement methodology.

“We are not only a strategic interest, we are Europe. It means we will become a member of the European Union once we wrap up the comprehensive reform at home. The pre-accession process and closure of chapters will help us make it happen. The accession negotiations will help us wrap up domestic reform,” Zaev wrote on his Facebook page.

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