North Macedonia’s President Stevo Pendarovski, asked about the “Racket” case during today’s press conference, said that he was disappointed with Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva.
“I, as a citizen, as a person, not only as President, I am disappointed because this also betrayed the expectations and trust I had in the people that we expect to fight for the rule of law. I’m aware of my responsibility as president and of my duty to protect the interests of the country and its citizens, its prosperity and security, and the achievement of the strategic goals, NATO & EU, towards which, in the past two years, we have acquired considerable momentum, I urge the competent institutions to ensure efficient, quick & thorough completion of the investigation respecting the principle of presumption of innocence. If there is evidence, file charges against everyone involved, regardless of whether they are public officials or not. At the very beginning of the “Racket” affair, I publicly stated my position that I was disappointed with what I had heard and called for a quick and thorough investigation. Instead, the authorities went on vacation as if it were a regular and routine matter, and that’s not the case. The audio and video recordings shared by the media the past few days caused deep disappointment among all citizens, especially those who, for years at the cost of constant pressure and threats from former government officials, protested daily demanding justice”, said President Pendarovski.