Macedonia indicts opposition leader in wiretap scandal

The prosecutor said in a statement published April 30 that Zoran Zaev, leader of the opposition Social Democrats, would be charged with "violence against representatives of the highest state bodies."

Macedonia indicts opposition leader in wiretap scandal

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The Macedonian state prosecutor formally indicted the country's top opposition politician late on Thursday over his role in a surveillance scandal that challenged the nine-year rule of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

For months Zoran Zaev, the leader of the opposition Social Democrats has been publishing wire-taps he says he received from a whistleblower.

Voices purported to be those of Gruevski, senior officials, journalists and judges have been aired at press conferences. The tapes appear to expose ministers and security officials discussing how to employ members of the ruling rightist VMRO-DPMNE party in state jobs, pick judges and massage elections.

Gruevski has dismissed the wire-taps as a plot by foreign spies.

Zaev - who in February started publishing illegally eavesdropped conversations - faces charges of violence against state officials.

The prosecution has asked that four suspects from the group already in custody should remain in jail, while Zaev has not been detained.

Last week, Mr. Zaev unveiled plans for a mass protest in the capital of the landlocked Balkan nation, Skopje, to be held this month — “the biggest one that the country has seen,” he said.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Mayıs 2015, 11:03