Time: 9:33 a.m. CEST Update: 3:52 p.m. CEST; 10:56 p.m. CEST
The law considers the period between 2008 and 2015, but it is not restricted on the audio recordings and transcripts submitted to the public prosecution before July 15, 2015.
One hour before the end of September 15, 108 members of Assembly of Republic of Macedonia voted in support for public prosecutor of Gevgelija, Katica Janeva to lead the prosecution that will investigate the possible criminal charges in the reported intercepted conversation. After the prompt voting in the Parliament, Council of Public Prosecutors will need to confirm her.
In only one day, MP’s voted what four presidents of the political parties in Macedonia agreed on talks that ended early on Tuesday.
Members of the Assembly of Republic of Macedonia voted in support for the law on the prosecutor that would investigate possible criminal charges from the cases of reported intercepted conversations. One hundred eleven out of 120 MP’s voted in support for the law. Earlier, the Republic of Macedonia’s Assembly commissions started with reading and voting on the draft-law on the Public prosecutor that will investigate criminal charges related to the content of the reported intercepted conversations.
According to the draft law, this law should be in effect for five years after the approval by the Assembly and could have an extension of one year with the two-thirds of the majority votes of the parliamentarians. The law considers the period between 2008 and 2015, but it is not restricted on the audio recordings and transcripts submitted to the public prosecution before July 15, 2015. This public prosecutor will have public prosecutors elected in this prosecution, researchers, experts, and other administrative support.
According to the draft law, this public prosecutor, which will be elected on four years mandate, and a chance for re-election, will investigate the criminal charges related to the unlawful intercepted communications. This public prosecutor will participate in court procedures, regardless those are criminal or with civil matter, could appeal any procedure, could request evidence of any source, could look for removal of secrecy of every information that is not publicly available, could instigate criminal charges. In general, this public prosecutor has five different areas of work.
- Participation in the litigation and starting any judicial proceedings, including civil and criminal, that the Prosecutor considers necessary;
- Submitting an appeal against any decision of the Court in any matter or proceeding in which the public prosecutor participates as competent;
- View all available documentary evidence from any source;
- Obtain all security exemptions for review of intelligence and information that are not available to the public; and
- Initiating and conducting prosecutions in any competent court, preparing and signing the charges, submission of information and guidance on all aspects of any case arising from this law in the name of Macedonia.
This public prosecutor will be responsible to the Assembly and to the Council of Public Prosecutors, will submit reports every six months, but it is not obliged to publish in those reports classified information. This Public Prosecution Office could request international help, and the government is obliged to ensure financial means for work of this prosecution, not late than 35 days after the Assembly will vote for the draft law.
The Ministry of Justice should ensure work space to this prosecution, and their work offices will not be inside the buildings of the current State Public Prosecution.
The Public Prosecutor could submit criminal charges in the period no longer than 18 months after opening an investigation.
A public prosecutor of Gevgelija, Katica Janeva will be a special prosecutor, which will investigate the reported intercepted conversations disclosed by the president of Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev.
Members of the Assembly of Republic of Macedonia should vote today on the draft-law for the special prosecutor and they should verify the nomination of Janeva as a special prosecutor. Than, the prosecutors council should vote and elect Janeva as a final choice. According to the media in Skopje, Janeva could choose her team independently.
The marathon meetings in the past weeks ended early in the morning, as media in Skopje reported on Tuesday. Election of the special prosecutor is the second bullet in the July 15 agreement signed among presidents of four political parties in Macedonia. The next step toward implementation of the agreement would be appointment of the deputy ministers from the opposition in several key ministries.
Janeva is relatively unknown name in the public. Although, according to the information published in the media, Janeva passed through the anti-mafia training in Italy and other trainings in the United States.