SCPC opens Another 42 cases of Suspicious employments

The State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) opened on Thursday 42 new cases as a result of suspicions of nepotism.  The list includes relatives of current and former state officials, MPs, ministers, mayors, ambassadors, directors of public institutions, heads of state companies and agencies, as well as members and Judicial Council members, secretaries general and advisers. All of them are under suspicion of conflict of interests in cases when relatives of theirs were employed. “We will see on the basis of which employment procedure they were employed,” SCPC President Biljana Ivanovska. The public recognises most of the names list as a result of the media reports over the past period, but there are some people who were presented for the first time on Thursday. The same day, the SCPC decided to initiate a misdemeanour procedure against Mother Teresa University Rector Azis Pollozhani because of his failure to submit an asset declaration. Also on Thursday, VMRO-DPMNE submitted to the SCPC’s archives a list of, as spokesperson Dimce Arsovski said, hundreds of nepotism cases. “Following the series of press-conferences where we presented a lot of cases of nepotism from the ranks of SDSM’s government, we have brought today a list that we properly submitted to the SCPC’s archives,” he stated, adding that the SCPC members would have to look into all cases. On the other hand, SDSM once again mentioned the Ilieska case. “Anastasija Ilieska, member of VMRO-DPMNE’s Central Committee, Executive Committee and Union of Women, former State Adviser at the Interior Ministry and PRO Director, works as a Security Adviser at President Ivanov’s Cabinet. However, her daughter, Andrea Ilieska, works at the Intelligence Agency, an institution which is under direct jurisdiction of the President,” SDSM spokesperson Kostadin Kostadinov stated, adding that there was grounded suspicion of conflict of interests. The ruling party, he stated, will file complaints over all “suspicious employments” during VMRO-DPMNE’s rule from 2006 to 2017.