Macedonian opposition leader accused of spying and unlawful attempt to seize power

Macedonian opposition leader accused of spying and unlawful attempt to seize power

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, February 2, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Macedonian opposition leader, Zoran Zaev is one of the four persons accused of spying, attempting to overthrow constitutional order and seizing power through non democratic ways. The main suspect is the former head of secret services, Zoran Verusevski, while the other two suspects are the wife of the latter and a collaborator of the opposition leader, Zaev.

According to the accusations addressed toward Zaev, during his telephone conversation with leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, he had threatened him of publishing incriminating materials on him and on the current government, while he has asked for a technical government to be appointed and the announcement of early elections in order not to publish them. The source of all materials that Zaev possessed was the former head of secret services, Verusevski.

In a public appearance, PM Nikola Gruevski accused Zaev of blackmailing and threatening in the four meetings held last year, where he has demanded a technical government and fresh elections, otherwise he would publish compromising materials against him and the government.

“In the four meetings held in September and October, Zaev has used blackmailing materials against me, stressing that he possessed documents and evidence secured from foreign services about our government. Perhaps, someone would say that we should not take such step, but such actions can no longer be tolerated, because this way, we ruin the image of our government and state”, said Gruevski.

He added that he will take the leader of LSDM to court on this.

But, the leader of the largest opposition party LSDM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union), Zoran Zaev said that what’s happening today in FYROM  and such acts taken by the government aim at preventing the publication of materials that show a violation of the Constitution and laws of the country by Gruevski.

Zaev says that the materials against the government have been secured by the citizens who are victims of this government and not by secret services. “I have not blackmailed or threatened anyone. I’ve told Nikola Gruevski that I have materials which prove his breaches. We have secured all the materials from the citizens of our country, who are worried about freedom and democracy. We have in our hands big scandals which incriminate the party in power, such as the eavesdropping of thousands of citizens, the use of the Ministry of Interior, courts and prosecution for the party’s needs, corruption scandals and electoral fraud”, said Zaev in a news conference.

Zaev demanded the intervention and involvement of the international community in this process, as according to him, in the country there’s a strong cooperation between police, judicial system and prosecution.

So far, Ministry of Interior has arrested three suspects who are part of this process called “Coup D’Etat”, while the leader of opposition Zaev is still free, but his passport has been confiscated.

The European Union has said that it’s been informed on the details of the case and the accusations that have been raised, while demanding for the rights of the arrested persons to be respected.

“These are serious charges and we’d like to remind that there must be an independent and transparent investigation and for the rights of the arrested persons to be respected in compliance with international laws and standards”, reads the EU press statement, underling the concern for a deterioration of political dialogue in the country.

Meanwhile, last night, supporters of the party in power have gathered in a protest in front of parliament and then attempted to head toward the seat of the opposition party. They have accused the opposition leader Zaev for treason of state interests. But, protesters dispersed following police intervention. /ibna/