Announcement: Special Prosecution Withdrew of Case “Putsch,” VMRO-DPMNE Reacts

Time: 2:20 p.m. CEST Update: 5:55 p.m. CEST

Prosecution would inform Primary Court Skopje1 in Skopje for the decision to withdraw of the case “Putsch.” Building of the Primary Court Skopje1 in Skopje photographed on Jan.17, 2017.

The public prosecution for the investigation of the content of the illegally interception of communication informed the public that withdrew of the case “Putsch.” This public prosecution overtook the case from the State Public Prosecution, together with other cases related to the disclosure of intercepted conversations.

In a statement published on their website, as stated, “the reason for withdrawal, as stated in the statement, is the difference in the prosecution charges with the evidences prosecution lead by Katica Janeva has from the investigation procedures in the cases “Target,” and “Fortress.”

Their decision, as published, is to collect additional evidences to establish the facts. Special prosecution, formed with the agreement of July 15, cannot represent the charges, which is contrary to the evidence we have and opened investigations. The prosecution would not like to say who is the innocent or not, but would like to establish the facts. As stated, the prosecution needs additional evidences that cannot be obtained during the main hearing.

Hours after the announcement, VMRO-DPMNE reacted with a statement by Trajko Veljanovski, given at the news conference, as reports. “It is scandalous decision by the special public prosecution and there is no legal ground for its existence, explained Trajko Veljanovski of VMRO-DPMNE on the news conference after today’s decision of this prosecution to cancel charges in the case “Putsch.” The prosecution today abandoned the goal for its existence. No legal foundation exists further for its existence, Veljanovski stated,” quoted Veljanovski as he said.

The case “Putsch” relates to the previous charges against president of SDSM, Zoran Zaev and several others former officials and employees of the Directorate for counterintelligence within Ministry of Interior.



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