Special Public Prosecution Opens 4 New Cases, Denies Pressure on Media


Time: 3:21 p.m. CEST

A member of the Special Public Prosecution Lence Ristovska explains that Special Prosecution denies that prosecution makes pressure to the media, but if some persons made criminal acts, not related to media functioning, the investigations could show if those criminal acts are done. Some of the media crews lowered their cameras dawn at the beginning of the news conference to protest pressure over the media. Special Prosecution checks financial functioning of some companies, which owners run or have relations to broadcast media.

Public Prosecution for investigation of offenses surfaced from illegally intercepted communication opens four new investigations for four individuals and it expects that would bring charges in the case “Transporter.” Special prosecution said that considering the amount of work they could have could ask for continuation of their mandates for investigations, which according the present law should end in June. “A whiteboard” is the case the prosecution opens about public procurement procedure made against the rules by the decision of the Ministry of Education and Science, where a suspect in 2006 used his job positions to sign the contract for construction of a new school building in a village of Strogomishte, Kicevo. The total value of the procurement is 12,346,394 denars (about 200.000 euros). In the case “300”, a suspect, public procurement deputy minister in the Ministry of Interior, special prosecution has a reasonable doubt the worker at the Ministry awarded public contracts to auto-sales companies not following the best offer requirements. If he followed the legal steps, the budget would have been richer for 27,894,555 denars or (453,570 euros). Another two cases are related with marketing activities, where entities avoided, as prosecution claims, to pay tax obligations in about 7,466, 981 denars (or 121,414 euros) and in another case the sum was 3,876,471 denars or (63,032 euros). The prosecution claims that an individual bought equipment for personal use, but it was registered as purchase for a legal entity. In the case “Tiffany,” prosecution claims that legal entities, reportedly avoided paying tax obligations in 2,314,463 denars (37,634 euros) and 1,040,840 denars or 16,924 euros.

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