Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov commented the extortion racket case, describing it as deliberate discrediting of SJO [Special Prosecutor’s Office] in an apparent bid to evade justice.
Minister Dimitrov deems the authorities need to get to the bottom of racketeering allegations and bring those involved to justice, and not only those caught on tape but also the ones not caught. “The ‘Racket’ case is a crossroads, one road leading to the future and the other towards an abyss. Maybe now is the time to start counting,’ Dimitrov wrote on his Facebook page.
“The attack on the Parliament [27 April 2017], the darkest day of Macedonian democracy was meant to avoid responsibility in connection with recordings that indicated massive abuse of office and mountain of organized crime. It was meant to escape justice. Additionally, the boycott of the referendum had the same purpose: to factorize the MPs, trading in responsibility, evading justice. Discrediting of the SJO through ‘Racket’ affair is on the same line once again,” Dimitrov says on his Facebook page.
“No wonder the wrongdoers want to discredit their persecutor. But we are taken by surprise and even outraged that someone must have let the thirst for justice be used to quench the thirst for money. The possible complicity of a prosecutor from this institution [SJO] in liability trading adds to the need to shed light on the case. The authorities must do their best, find whoever did this and bring them to justice.”
Arrest warrant issued for Spasov
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.
Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today
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.
Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron
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.