United States designates mayor and former prosecutor for corruption involvement

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The U.S. State Department announced the public designation of former Special Chief Prosecutor of North Macedonia, Katica Janeva, current mayor of Karpos, North Macedonia, Stevcho Jakimovski, and former mayor of Kacanik, Kosovo, Xhabir Zharku. Their actions undermined the rule of law and the public’s faith in their respective governments’ democratic institutions and public processes.

In her official capacity as former North Macedonia Special Chief Prosecutor, Janeva was involved in corrupt acts, including using her political influence and official power for personal benefit. There is credible information Janeva solicited and accepted a bribe to influence a prosecution under her purview,” reads the press release of the U.S. State Department.

In his official capacity as mayor of Karposh municipality, North Macedonia, Jakimovski was involved in corrupt acts, including using his official position to interfere with urban development and procurement processes to benefit himself and his associates, reads the press release.

The U.S. State Department is designating their immediate family members – Jakimovski’s two adult sons, and Janeva’s spouse and adult son.

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