Zaev believes that Rashkovski is innocent even after the indictment

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The indictment filed by the prosecution headed by Vilma Ruskovska on Friday was filed against seven people and includes four public procurements, as well as payment of fees. In the case, Rashkovski is charged with committing an extended criminal offense of abuse of official position and a criminal offense of money laundering.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is convinced that the former Secretary General, Dragi Rashkovski, is innocent even after the indictment filed last Friday by the Prosecutor’s Office for prosecution of organized crime and corruption.

As before, Zaev sided with him, saying that the software for automatic punishment for traffic violations was needed and the Government is behind it.

– The presumption of innocence should be respected for everyone. As an oppositionist and in the part of the cases he has against my political opponents, senior representatives of VMRO-DPMNE, I always stand on these issues in principle. The court will show whether there is a crime there or not. I said my views because I worked with this man, I know the project, the government has made a decision on this project and it is necessary for traffic safety, said Zaev talking about this case in the show “200” on Alsat TV.

Asked if “there are now three other new charges, does he still believe that Rashkovski may be innocent”, the Prime Minister replied that “of course he believes, but who is he to say”.

-Yes, of course I believe he is innocent. But I said who I am. The court should say that and of course with a final court decision. But what matters? The important thing is that the law applies equally to all, we are all equal before the law. If there is any doubt, everyone is being prosecuted today. In the end, in a court procedure, it is determined who is guilty and who is not, says Zaev.

The indictment filed on Friday by the prosecution, headed by Vilma Ruskovska, was filed against seven people and includes four public procurements, as well as payment of fees. Public procurement is for: biometric identification system; software for determining the average speed of vehicles in traffic and imposing fines; ANPR cameras for recognizing vehicle license plates; and on metal booths for the needs of the biometric identification system and the system for automatic recognition of license plates.

When it comes to the part for freelancers, he refers to the fact that at the time when Rashkovski was Secretary General, copyright agreements were concluded with the sixth and seventh defendants. The prosecution claims that, although the former secretary general knew that they were not performing their duties, he paid them monthly fees, and they then returned part of the money in cash.

In the case, Rashkovski is charged with committing an extended criminal offense of abuse of official position and a criminal offense of money laundering.