Strasbourg Court demands answers from the government in cases against former officials


The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has published on its website the appeals of a dozen former Macedonian officials charged in the cases of the former Special Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The cases also include questions sent by the court to the Macedonian government related to the abolition that former President Gjorge Ivanov granted to a total of 54 people in 2016 that were under investigation by the special prosecutor’s office (SPO) at the time.

According to the ECHR, appeals against the state were filed in court by former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, former Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska, Mile Janakieski, former Secretary General of the Government KirilBozinovski, former mayors of Gazi Baba and Bitola Toni Trajkovski and Vladimir Taleski, Mayor of Pustec Edmond Temelko, as well as the head of Jankuloska’s office, KiroTodorovski.

The Court also demands answers from both the applicants and the Government to the questions: Can the decision of abolition by the President be revoked? Is the decision to withdraw the abolition based on a subsequent legal provision compatible with the principles of the rule of law or legal certainty?

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