Gruevski: Only Foreign Factors need SPO's Mandate to continue
Monday, 09 January 2017


The VMRO-DPMNE is against continuing the mandate of the SPO. It's an expensive prosecution office whose legality is under review by the constitutional court as it functions parallel with the state prosecution office. Its mandate was for 18 months, however, the VMRO-DPMNE says it strongly opposes any continuation of SPO's mandate, suggesting the SPO is used as a tool by foreign factors not to solve, but to maintain and prolong the political crisis in Macedonia - says Gruevski in an interview with Dnevnik.

 - We had negotiations in 2015. Four political parties agreed and signed an agreement that the SPO will have 18 months to work on building a case against whoever it obtains evidence for. As a matter of fact, instead of 18 months, the SPO got 21 months because they needed three months to purchase a "safe" to keep the wiretapped materials in. First, the safe was too small, so they asked for a biggger one. Then they needed more time to hire prosecutors, keep in mind the wiretapped materials were digital and they only had 2-3 video tapes - says Gruevski.

According to the VMRO-DPMNE leader, it's too obvious the SPO is under control and works following orders of few foreign Embassies in Macedonia in an effort to prolong the political crisis.

- There are no legal or actual needs for the SPO to continue working past their 18 months mandate, however there are many political reasons needed by a select group of foreign countries for their own regional geopolitical and other needs. The idea to continue SPO's mandate does not originate from the SPO, and this is not a supposition, but a fact. Therefore, the VMRO-DPMNE strongly oppose any extension of the SPO mandate and will not back it. We've said this several times already before, during and post elections - says Gruevski.

The VMRO-DPMNE leader adds:

- Somewhere in April, 2016, when it was first brought up the idea for extending SPO's mandate, we offered a solution: if they really can't handle the workload, they should hire more prosecutors. However, they didn't accept that, in fact, some prosecutors that weren't a "good fit" for Janeva's team were let go. So they refused to hire someone, while at the same time not offering any solutions how they could handle the workload. However, it was clear this had nothing to do with workload, there are other reasons why they need to extend the mandate. We're not going to discuss what DUI is up to, however we see that the extension of the SPO mandate is one of their demands to enter Government? Whether we form a Governmnent with DUI, or we enter as opposition, the SPO mandate will end simply because all four signatories need to sign it to extend it - says Gruevski.


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