Defense lawyer in voter fraud case run by the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SJO), on Monday called for suspension of SJO’s chief prosecutor Katica Janeva, as well as prosecutors Gavril Bubevski and Fatime Fetai after a series od reports alleging direct confrontation with the SJO chief.
The lawyer, Elenko MIladinov, also recommended that all the prosecutors involved be suspended so that the investigation can run without any suspicions.
He deems the proposal for exclusion should be referred to the Council of Public Prosecutors for opinion, and let the parliament have its final say given the provisions of the SJO Code, which clearly states that Katica Janeva is the sole authorized signatory of SJO papers.
The presiding judge in Titanik-3 case, Marija Kletnicka, told the defense to clarify his demand. He reiterated his stands, citing the criminal procedure code. The judge then called a one-hour recess.
Defendants in Titanic3 case include DUI’s MP Ejup Aljimi, former deputy head of UJP Skopje [Public Revenue Office], Ismet Guri. The two were members of municipal election board in Cair municipality six years ago. They are accused of running electoral fraud in the 2013 mayoral elections, destroying ballot boxes in the 2013 mayoral elections, and blatant violation of voting rights.
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.