European Affairs Committee Green-lights PPO Draft Law

On Wednesday, a majority of members of Parliament’s European Affairs Committee approved the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) Draft Law. The amendment filed by Alliance for Albanians concerning the deadline about cases was rejected because, as it was explained, accepting it would open Pandora’s Box and result in new demands from parties. VMRO-DPMNE MP Antonio Milososki played an audio he said he’d received from a whistleblower, which concerns the financing of Bojan Jovanovski’s TV station. According to the material, a person with initials identical to SDSM leader and ex-PM Zoran Zaev (Z.Z.) asked Jovanovski where he’d received the money for the medium, to which the answer was that it had come from a guy in Croatia and from Siljan Micevski, the latter of which had received money for the nursing homes. Z.Z. also said “we helped him” somewhat in the TV station, mainly for marketing, in October-November 2018. Justice Minister Renata Deskoska urged Milososki to report the case to the PPO. The Draft Law, Telma TV reported, was adopted also by the Legislative Committee. DUI MP Artan Grubi said his party would support the Draft Law as a result of the interventions in the document. The vote at a plenary session will be held once support from 80 votes is secured. So far, the votes of the Alliance for Albanians and BESA MPs, as well as the one of Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska, are uncertain. SDSM reacted to the audio played by Milososki. “If VMRO-DPMNE is that convinced in its lies, it should urgently file all materials they have to institutions so that we see the alleged evidence in public and open procedures. Milososki is a desperate criminal. It’s obvious that he’s afraid of the rule of law and of an independent judicial system,” the ruling party said. On the other hand, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijhan Mickoski said the evidence proved Zaev was involved “in the head of the octopus”. The Public Prosecutor’s Office for Prosecution of Organised Crime and Corruption told Sitel TV it didn’t have the audio material.