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DAILY BRIEF July 4: Acquittals, appeals, investigations, apologies…

Government rejects request for issuance of permit for “Ilovica”

The Government adopted information on rejecting the request for issuance of permit for “Ilovica”. The company has not fulfilled the legal conditions for performing exploitation. The Ministry of Economy at today’s session of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia informed that legal conditions have been fulfilled for adopting a decision for rejecting the request for issuance of a permit for exploitation of the mineral resources – copper and gold at the locality “Ilovica”, Municipality of Bosilovo, of EUROMAX Resources DOO Skopje.

Latas and his brothers acquitted for the “Trevnik” case

This morning in the Criminal Court in Skopje, Judge Maria Kletnicka announced that Dragan Pavlovic – Latas and his brothers Srgjan and Zvezdan have been acquitted for the unlawful construction of three weekend houses in Zelenikovo in the SPO case “Trevnik”. Judge Kletnicka stated that the act for which they are accused, according to the law, is not a criminal offense.

She pointed out that in such cases, the practice is to withdraw the indictment if there are illegally built constructions that have been legalized during the criminal procedure. She indicated that the institutions had not acted. It is true that the institutions did not act timely, but there are legal provisions for this that provide for misdemeanour procedures.

SPO prosecutor Elizabeta Josifovska, stated for the media that the SPO remains in the position that there is a criminal act in the case, and that they will file an appeal in which they will dispute all claims in the acquittal.

The verdict will become effective when the Court of Appeals decides upon the appeals.

SPO will file an appeal on the decision for “Trevnik”

Prosecutor Elizabeta Josifovska from the Special Prosecutor’s Office following the acquittal for Dragan Pavlovic Latas and his brothers for unlawful construction of a weekend house in Zelenikovo, stated that the prosecutor’s office will appeal the judgement for the “Trevnik” case.

“We will fila an appeal in any case. There is no dilemma here, because I remain in the position that the charges were grounded, supported with sufficient evidence and there will be an appeal in any case. We will state our views, I hope that the written judgement will also give additional reasons for the court to consider”, said Josifovska.

Gruevski’s criminal offences will soon become obsolete

If the court does not convict Nikola Gruevski for the case “Trajectory” by the end of October this year, the crime will become obsolete and there will be no criminal prosecution. The same goes for the case “Tank”. If they imprison Gruevski for the judgement for “Mercedes” for the SPO case “Tank”, in 2024 the execution of the sentence will become obsolete, that is, he will not go to prison for that verdict. He is accused also in the case “Violence” and “TNT” of the

SPO, while the Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime and Corruption suspected him as an organizer of the events of April 27, 2017.

The SPO filed an indictment for Gruevski under Article 359, paragraph 2 of the Criminal Code (receiving a reward for unlawful influence), for which a prison sentence of one to three years is anticipated.

Gruevski started the crime for which he is being suspected in October 2012, and ended in October 2013, meaning that if until this October there is no judgement for him, he will be released from prosecution, whereas the process will continue for the other defendants in the case.

The SCPC will be checking Raskovski

The State Commission for Prevention of Corruption will be involved in the case “Leonardo” and will be checking whether the General Secretary of the Government, Dragi Raskovski, influenced beyond his competencies in the tender for the security system of the Macedonian navigation.

The SCPC will check whether Raskovski, as he claims, really did have the right to be in the meeting with representatives of “Leonardo, as responsible from the Government.

ARM becomes ARNM

The President of the State and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Stevo Pendarovski, yesterday signed the decree for the insignia of the army uniforms and from now on, as he stated, they will bear the name Army of the Republic of North Macedonia. This means that this technical and legal aspect has been completed, which opens the opportunity for the new insignia to be used in the following procurements.

Pendarovski: From this position I cannot lead a change in the electoral model

President Stevo Pendarovski today following the visit to the southern border in Gevgelia, stated that from his position he can only support initiatives for changes in the Electoral Code in regards to reducing the number of electoral units.

“From my position I can only support initiatives in that direction. Certainly I cannot lead the political processes in that sense. I have already given one announcement after several political subjects came to me with that request, because previously as a candidate at the

previous elections I was in favour of that and I still am, but I leave it to the political subjects to continue the work further on in cooperation, as far as I know what the latest information is, with some international organizations that deal with that – reforms in the electoral systems in transition countries”, added Pendarovski.

Tamara (un)intentionally mistakes Macedonian anthem at the reception of the US Embassy

At last night’s celebration of US Independence Day, 4th of July, which was held in the yard of the US Embassy in Skopje, Tamara Todevska was chosen to sing the Macedonian anthem. She sang the anthem, but (un)intentionally threw out the verse “Goce Delcev, Pitu Guli, Dame Gruev, Sandanski”, which in the last official version of the anthem from 1991 is repeated four times.

Yesterday a reception was held in the Embassy on the occasion of the US national holiday, 4th of July. Among the guests were Stevo Pendarovski, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, representatives of the Government, the leader of the opposition, Hristijan Mickoski, representatives of the diplomatic corps, businessmen…

Angela Petrovska

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