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Mijalkov subject to random checks by police while on house arrest

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Skopje 1 District Court has instructed the Ministry of Interior to conduct unannounced ‘periodic’ visits to the home of former secret police chief Sasho Mijalkov, who was freed to house arrest, to check whether he is following the rules of home confinement – that means a search could happen at any time.

“Skopje Police Department has received a notification that suspect S.M. is to remain under house arrest for 30 days, starting 29.12.2018. He will be subjected to random and unannounced checks by police officers to make sure that he complies with the rules of house arrest,” Interior Ministry sources told Makfax.

Skopje Criminal Court ordered defendant in ‘Imperia’ (Empire) case, Sasho Mijalkov, be freed to house arrest. The former head of security and counterintelligence directorate (UBK) has been indicted in several other cases run by special prosecutors – ‘Tortura’, ‘Target-Tvrdina’ and ‘Titanik 2’. He will be kept under house arrest at least 30 days.

Mijalkov started his house arrest on Saturday.

Special prosecutor Katica Janeva said it was good for the rule-of-law reforms that the suspects and defendants in Imperia investigation and Titanic case are placed in house arrest. She also stressed that they are unlikely to influence witnesses, repeat offense, or flee.

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North Macedonia, Serbia sign memorandum of cooperation to facilitate digitalization

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North Macedonia’s Ministry of Information Society and Administration and Serbian Government’s  Office on Information Technologies and Electronic Administration have signed a memorandum of cooperation to promote innovation and drive digital transformation.

Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damja Mancevski underlined the importance of digital transformation in improving the every day’s life of the citizens, by use of simple tools to access the services needed.

“The Government is committed to transparency, improving efficiency in public service delivery, accountability in the work of institutions. Therefore, we decided to change and upgrade the wib-sites of the Government and all Ministries. That’s how we put in motion our pledges set out in the Public Administration Reform Strategy, in an effort to secure accessibility of all institutions,” Mancevski said.

Serbia’s Jovanovic said the Memorandum of Cooperation aims to facilitate digital transformation. The Memo is a result of good cooperation between the Prime Ministers of Serbia and North Macedonia, Ana Brnbic and Zoran Zaev. Furthermore, it reflects the visible results of Serbian Government in terms of digitalization of public administration and launch of ‘Serbia digitalizes’ project.

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SDSM: Mickoski evades party leader meeting

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The ruling Social Democrats blamed the leader of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party of trying to block reform drive and hurt the country. “Hristijan Mickoski is running away from party leader meeting,” the SDSM said on Friday.

“He objects the census, yet he doesn’t want to sit at the table and talk. Mickoski wants the country’s population to remain officially uncounted for early two decades. The country does not  keep track of its population for 18 years. He follows in the footsteps of VMRO-DPMNE’s criminal wing. Mickoski is against justice. He is against rule of law and non-selective justice. He remains adamantly opposed to the ‘equality before the law’ principle. Mickoski is running away from talks on public prosecution law,” the Social Democrats said in a statement.

The ruling party claims Mickoski is allegedly making a push for snap election, but actually, he doesn’t want to talk about electoral code, because he knows he will be defeated.

“SDSM will not allow destructions. SDSM stands firm against any attempt to hinder the progress and reform drive. Any attempt to harbor Nikola Gruevski will fail, any attempt to cover for Gruevski’s wrongdoing will fail,” the ruling party said.

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North Macedonia, South Korea establish diplomatic ties

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South Korea has formally established diplomatic relations with North Macedonia, Yonhap news agency quotes the Seoul-based foreign ministry as saying on Thursday.

Ambassador to the United Nations Cho Tae-yul signed the joint communique with Sanja Zografska Krsteska, North Macedonia’s charge d’affaires at the U.N. on Thursday, the ministry said.

North Macedonia is the 191st country to have established formal ties with South Korea.

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