Time: 6:57 p.m. CEST
Public Prosecution for investigation of offenses surfaced from illegally intercepted communications content opened 68 preliminary investigations in the period of 18 months related to unlawful tapping of communications, unlawful financing of media and election campaigns, misuse in the public-procurement, misuse in construction activities, money laundering, and other corrupt activities.
Special Prosecution, as it is known in the public, published third report on their activities. In the mostly narrative part of the report, this prosecution said it detected about 66,909 deleted audio files after using specific software.
According to the report, the Prosecution now have 606,555 audio files transcribed on 15.906 pages in electronic form. Until March 15, 2017 the prosecution analyzed about 272,950 audio files, or 45 percentages of the total number of audio files. Only 960 transcripts offered“an indication for a criminal case.” About 90,618 audio files contain private conversations.
Special Prosecution says that Prosecutor Office for Organized Crime and Corruption in Skopje delivered to them a hard disk, which was in the office used by convicted Zvonko Kostovski, but the disk was not enlisted as proof in submitted materials. After analysis of the hard disk, this prosecution said that has materials of the monitored communication of Zoran Zaev, collected without court order.
The Prosecution detected 31,495 audio files and 72,513 text messages of two monitored numbers. The prosecution spent about 48,70% of the approved budget for the Prosecution and 12,56% of the approved budget for 2017. Within report, the Prosecution said that, “the Primary Court Skopje 1 in Skopje in four occasions refused to issue search warrant for a computer system and computer data in“Macedonian Telecom.”
The Court denied the motion to seizure HP computers of the Directorate for Intelligence within Ministry of Interior, which have direct access to the IPS system for communication monitoring. The Prosecution submitted request to the Ministry of Interior for inventory of HP computers with access to the system for monitoring of communications. On March 6, 2017, the prosecution submitted the urgency, but as the report states, that, “it is not proceeding due to the obstruction by the Director of Department of Counterintelligence.”