Debates for the investigation of the wiretapping scandal

Debates for the investigation of the wiretapping scandal

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, March 26, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

In FYR Macedonia, there are growing rumors that the investigation over the wiretapping scandal will be launched as soon as possible.

Prosecution has not yet launched an inquest over this affair, that erupted after the Macedonian opposition published a large number of materials that relate to eavesdropped conversations of state leaders and which reveal criminal and corruptive acts by officials.

Public Prosecution has demanded from the European Union to send its experts in order to be part of the investigation of the wiretapping scandal, but also the “Putsch” case, through which the opposition leader, Zoran Zaev has been accused of collaborating with secret services.

NGOs have also demanded the start of investigations. Over 15 associations united around the name “Platform for the fight against corruption” have signed a demand which has been publicly addressed to all relevant national and international institutions for the start of the inquest over the wiretapping scandal.

“Regardless of the source of the registered conversations, the content of these conversations reveals massive abuses by state officials, presence of corruption and other unlawful acts. These actions must be criminally prosecuted and the prosecution must immediately start an inquest on all possible abuses”, said Misa Popovic from the Institute for Democracy-Societas Civitas.

Sladjana Taseva from Transparency M organization told IBNA that those who have ordered these conversations to be registered must be identified.

“Institutions are not transparent in order for them to explain to us what they do, therefore we want them to declare themselves in relation to these things. Who has registered these conversations, how have they been registered and they must also declare other procedures that follow this scandal”, declared Taseva.

The group of NGOs demands from institutions to answer their demands within a period of 30 days. In case this doesn’t happen, these associations warn other activities.

Expert of legal issues, Osman Kadriu told IBNA that the issue of the wiretapping scandal in FYROM’s law system is a criminal act and the responsibility has two levels.

“The criminal law gives higher sentences if the wiretapping is done by officials. In this case, the official would receive a sentence from 3 months to 3 years in prison. In the case in question, given that a large number of citizens has been damaged from this scandal, the level of responsibility is higher and the sentence must be greater”, declared university professor Osman Kadriu.

He also says that all victims of the wiretapping scandal, based on the civil code, must be compensated by the state.

Macedonian opposition says that after the wiretapping scandal, citizens no longer trust the judicial system and prosecution, because their officials are controlled by the current government.

Opposition leader, Zaev has demanded the removal of the general attorney, several chief judges and also judges who are under the control of the government. According to him, this has been proven by their communications with government officials.

The Macedonian opposition also insists on having international justice experts, mainly from the European Union to oversee this process.

The wiretapping scandal erupted two months ago, when the leader of Macedonian opposition, Zoran Zaev published registered conversations that relate to scandals and corruption affairs involving government and state officials. Zaev said that over 20 thousand people have been registered and according to him, this was done upon the order of the head of secret services, Saso Mijalkov and PM Nikola Gruevski. The opposition has deposited at the prosecution a large number of registered materials. /ibna/