Trial against ex-minister Kanceska-Milevska rescheduled for March 13

A trial at a Skopje court against former culture minister Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska on Wednesday was interrupted and rescheduled for March 13.

Kanceska-Milevska is indicted by the Special Public Prosecution (SPO) in its case dubbed ‘Tenders’ involving manipulation of a tender over the construction of the Museum of VMRO in Skopje, which is part of the so called Skopje 2014 project.

Her defense team has objected the forensic examination of evidence and the competency of the SPO in the case. Her lawyers called the forensic examination ‘unobjective.’

Furthermore, Sanja Aleksic, Kanceska-Milevska’s lawyer, asked the SPO to hand them over the audio recordings, included in the list of evidence, in order to dispute the competence of the SPO saying it wasn’t enough only by handing over CDs to be claimed that the SPO was competent to conduct the procedure.

In November 2017, the Appellate Court in Skopje ruled that audio recordings of illegally intercepted communication, commonly referred as ‘bombs’, could be used as evidence at the trial.