Swarowski (Constitutional) Court Postpones Discussion on Wiretapping, again
Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Constitutional Court of Macedonia at a session on Wednesday postponed a deliberation of an initiative on the constitutionality and legality of Article 175 of the Law on Electronic Communications. It is allegedly scheduled to be debated at one of the Court's sessions in April.

The deliberation has been postponed because more time is needed to review the subject matter submitted in the initiative, the Constitutional Court said. 

Under Article 175, passed with amendments to the bill in 2014, telecommunications operators in the country are obligated 'to provide all the necessary technical conditions so as to enable communications in their networks to be monitored.'

The initiative was filed to the Constitutional Court in 2015 after the opposition party SDS started releasing the so called 'bombs' - batches of illegally wiretapped conversations.

The initiative, filed by a citizen, disputes the entire Article 175, i.e. all of its 10 paragraphs.


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