With the start of the New Year, the Interior Ministry is has stated it will begin a process of “internal audits” of the officers, which is a code for massive purge and infiltration of SDS supporters and activists in its ranks.
The so-called “vetting process” is still not legally covered, but Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski announced it will begin very soon. It will include combing over the personal file of the police officers, their associations with groups and other criteria by a specially appointed commission. It echoes a statement by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev back in 2011 that, once he takes over power, he will hire SDSM supporters to all positions – from the cleaning ladies to the top managers across the country.
Interior Minister Spasovski already made official the return of Gjoko Lazarevski and Zvonko Kostovski, two former UBK secret police officers accused of conducting massive warrantless wiretaps for the political benefit of the SDSM. The duo is now back at the UBK.