Macedonia’s special prosecutor charged 94 individuals and seven legal entities Thursday in 18 corruption cases related to the wiretapping scandal that brought down the previous government.
Macedonia’s special prosecutor said Monday it had asked courts to freeze the assets of the country’s nationalist VMRO-DPMNE, including its headquarters, amid deepening investigations into the former ruling party.
A Macedonian court on Friday rejected a wiretapped conversation as evidence in the trial of 14 people, including former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, OCCRP partner Nova TV reported.
Macedonia’s Special Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday it is investigating 10 current and former members of the Balkan country’s secret service for taking part in the illegal wiretapping of nearly 6,000 citizens between 2008 and 2015.
A special prosecutor in Macedonia announced Wednesday it was investigating four interior ministry and counter intelligence officials for allegedly defrauding the state of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a deal to buy surveillance equipment. Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) partner Nova TV has reported a relative of the former prime minister is among the suspects.
Former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said he did not knock down a rival’s building as he testified in court Friday on charges of abuse of office during his time in office.
Transcripts of tapped phone calls between the prime minister and several members of the Lithuanian government were released to the public Tuesday, sparking a major scandal.
Journalists from the Bulgarian investigative website Bivol, an OCCRP partner, were summoned by the Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office earlier this month for questioning in connection with the case known as Yaneva Gate.
Leaked recordings that appear to feature two senior Bulgarian magistrates have once again drawn attention to the country’s judiciary, lack of separation of powers, and questionable adherence to rule of law.
Macedonia’s EU accession process is at critical stage after “one of the worst political crises since 2001”, the Progress Report for 2015 prepared by the European Commission says.
Macedonia's Parliament has named a special prosecutor whose task it will be to investigate claims by the opposition that the government has illegally wiretapped 20,000 of its own citizens.
The former chief of Moldova's highest tax authority, Nicolae Vicol, remains at large after being sentenced in absentia to six years in prison for corruption.
Two former police officers accused of wiretapping Turkey’s President Erdogan were arrested late on Saturday at Istanbul airport after being extradited from Bucharest, Romania.
Macedonian opposition leader Zoran Zaev has released a batch of tapes that appear to feature the voice of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski admitting to fraudulent land acquisition and laughing about the deliberate sabotage of a former ally.
Dossiers of personal information have been handed out to a group of journalists in Macedonia by opposition leader Zoran Zaev, who told them the files were proof they had been the targets of surveillance by security services.
Vladimira Yaneva, president of the Sofia City Court, has resigned in the wake of an alleged illegal wiretapping scandal. She will keep her job as a judge.
The head of the Sofia City Court (SCC) has been suspended for her alleged involvement in a wiretapping operation that lasted nearly a year.
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