The problem is that the Law on Criminal Procedure and the Criminal Code leave room for confiscation of property acquired through crime, but in practice it is very difficult to do, says Supreme Judge Mirjana Lazarova Trajkovska for the Morning Briefing.
“It is good for politicians to work for the fight against organized crime and corruption, which is also noted in the EC reports, and it is good for them to be reduced to practice,” she said.
But where is the problem in terms of Macedonian laws and practices? In our country, only through criminal proceedings can a procedure be initiated for illegally acquired property.
– Our problem is that the Law on Criminal Procedure and the Criminal Code leave room for extended confiscation, but in practice it is very difficult to implement. Ten years ago, the property was transferred to relatives and friends, but the extended confiscation covers these cases as well. But the prosecutor has limited resources, he does not have the support that the law gives him, but the impression is that what is available is not used to the end. The prosecutor should prepare a solid and strong case in advance so that the procedures would be fast and efficient, explains Lazarova Trajkovska.
She suggests that the connection with the institutions will give and should give results.
– The law as it is conceived in our country connects the extended confiscation with several criminal acts. The message of the confiscation of the illegally acquired property is that no one should use the criminally acquired property, says the Supreme Judge Mirjana Lazarova Trajkovska for UB.
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