Appellate Court breaks Law, to use edited and illegal wiretaps as ‘evidence’


The Skopje-based Appellate Court accepted Friday the complaint of the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) against the ruling of the Skopje Basic Court for the case regarding the 2013 events in front of the Centar municipality building, declaring that the evidence obtained from the wiretapped recordings may be used as evidence in the criminal procedure.

The indictment in this case charges 14 individuals over organization of violent protests in front of Skopje’s Centar municipality due to the announced challenging of the Detailed Urban Plan by the municipal council.

Former PM and VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski, former minister of transport and communications Mile Janakievski and MP Daniela Rangelova are among the defendants in the case.

It’s unlawful for a Court to use evidence that was obtained unlawfully. In this case, the Skopje Basic Court and its Committee have already ruled that the badly edited and illegal wiretaps cannot be used as evidence. The Appellate Court judges will face lengthy jail sentences for breaking act 12 of the Criminal Code which clearly spells this out.

But now the question is, who has promised the Appelate Court judges they will not be prosecuted for breaking the law?