EU experts to investigate in FYR Macedonia

EU experts to investigate in FYR Macedonia

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, March 17, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

European Union (EU) experts will be involved in the investigation into the wiretapping scandal in FYR Macedonia, which has recently sparked debates between political parties and domestic experts of legal issues.

Public Prosecution in FYROM has demanded from the European Union to send foreign experts in order to investigate into the wiretapping scandal.

The prosecution said that it has sent an official request to EU institutions in order to send international experts who will monitor the work of public prosecutors in relation to current processes.

This investigation will relate to the wiretapping scandal made public by the Macedonian opposition, which has pressed charges against PM Nikola Gruevski, the head of secret services, Saso Mijalkov and other ministers, but also on the case known as “Putch”, which relates to the charges pressed by the Ministry of Interior against the Macedonian opposition leader, Zoran Zaev for cooperation with foreign secret services.

The prosecution said that it has the necessary capacity to handle all charges, but for the sake of transparency, it demands international legal experts. The prosecution says that this step will boost confidence for an independent justice system in the country.

Macedonian opposition led by Macedonian Social Democratic Union (SDSM) says that it does want international legal assistance for the public prosecution in relation to the wiretapping scandal, but only if general attorney, Marko Zverlevski steps down.

“The only thing that the public prosecutor can do at this moment is step down. He enjoys no credibility for such a complicated process because he was part of the eavesdropped conversations. In order to discuss further steps of the public prosecution, the general attorney must first resign”, declared spokesman of SDSM, Petre Silegov.

The European Union has not yet responded to the request of the Prosecution of Skopje in relation to the European experts.

Prosecution said that it’s waiting on a response by Brussels. Unofficial sources claim that European experts will have access in the proofs and other confidential materials.

Political parties have also sought international intervention in this case. Leader of PDSH, Menduh Thaci demanded last week for investigations to go back to 1992, a period when many public personalities were eavesdropped.

Professor of constitutional court, Osman Kadriu told IBNA that the EU and the United States must intervene in the investigation on the wiretapping scandal.

“Without the intervention of the current government, it would be hard for the national justice system to handle this big affair. One alternative is intervention from abroad, in the form of a protectorate to establish the institutions that have lost legitimacy. Here we need the intervention of the European Union along with the United States, forming an institution which will investigate all the developments and which will have powers in decision making”, declared professor Kadriu.

A more relevant involvement in the European Union is expected to take place for the political crisis in FYROM. The head of the EU diplomacy, Federica Mogherini is seen as a protagonist who can broker the deep political crisis in FYROM.

The proposal for Mogherini’s proposal came from the European Union rapporteur, Ivo Vajgl MEP, who said that a more powerful intervention is needed.

“The post electoral boycott by the opposition and the current crisis is a problem which must be solved in the spirit of responsibility between government and opposition. Mogherini is asked to broker an accord between parties”, declared the Slovenian MEP, Ivo Vajgl, who is a rapporteur of the European Parliament on FYR Macedonia. /ibna/