Local: Ivanov Withdrew Pardon for 22 “Politically exposed persons”


Time: 4:45 p.m. CEST

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President of Republic of Macedonia, Gjorgje Ivanov withdrew his decision to grant pardon for 22 persons, not naming anyone one of them. As media reports, Ivanov cited changes in the situation that prompted his decision, as per local media. Thirty-four person will stay on the list with granted pardon, after today’s announcement of Ivanov. Ivanov stated the latest decision is for “politically exposed persons.”

According to the law on pardon, voted on May 19 in the Assembly, all others could personally ask of the President to withdraw the pardon. On April 12, Ivanov decided to grant pardon to 56 officials, which names appeared in the reported intercepted conversations, disclosed by opposition party SDSM president, Zoran Zaev.

The name of those 22 person will be published in the Official Gazette and the public will know for whom Ivanov withdrew the pardon by his decision. About 12 former political officials before refuted the granted pardon, among them were former Prime minister Nikola Gruevski, former president of the state, Branko Crvenkovski and others.

Withdrawal of the pardon means that Public prosecution on the intercepted conversations could investigate political officials. Ivanov’s decision in mid-April prompted a wave of protests and discontent among opposition supporters, citizens and members of civil society.

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