Skopje, September 3, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Court of First Instance in Skopje decided today in favor of prime minister Nikola Gruevski in the matter against the leader of the largest Macedonian opposition party, Zoran Zaev.
With this decision, the leader of LSDM (Macedonian Social Democratic League), Zoran Zaev must pay an amount of 50 thousand Euros to Gruevski for defamation in the case of the sale of “Makedonska Banka”.
Court of Skopje found the leader of LSDM guilty after he accused prime minister Gruevski for accepting a bribe of 1.5 million Euros during the agreement for the sale of the bank in 2005-2006, before he came in power. According to the opposition, this sale is a criminal act and was made in an informal way, by damaging the state budget and evading taxes.
The lawyers of the opposition leaders considered the decision as politically motivated, while accusing the court of making it impossible for the key witness, Den Doncev to appear before the court. Doncev was the person who had handed in the audio recording of Gruevski’s conversation where he demanded a bribe from the Serb businessman, Jovica Stefanovic-Nini, who later became owner of the bank, which several years later went bankrupt. /ibna/