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Kalajdziev: a clean amnesty is much better than the political deals we are negotiating now


Law professor Gordan Kalajdziev surprised his fellow Colored revolution supporters on Monday when he acknowledged that the VMRO-DPMNE proposal for a broad amnesty of all politically charged officials and activists is better than the SDSM proposal for selective amnesty. The SDSM proposal which is being prepared during talks with a group of former VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament is officially meant to pardon people who were not involved in ordering attacks during the April 2017 Parliament incident, but apparently depends more on whether the persons charged are members of Parliament and their votes are needed to rename the country into North Macedonia.

– I believe that a clean amnesty for the entire event is a better and more doable approach and will leave less lingering issues. But, there are maybe tactical reasons. I don’t know how important it is for them (the Government) to maintain pressure in their political dealings. But, it’s a much cleaner approach to just give pardons for the entire event and an unlimited number of people, without naming their names. Individual pardons are left to the President, Kalajdziev said.

Three former VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament; Ljuben Arnaudov, Saso Vasilevski and Krsto Mukoski, are charged in this case and they were released from detention a day or merely hours before their votes were used to open the process to amend the Constitution on October 19th. After they broke with their party’s position to oppose the amendments, they were expelled from VMRO-DPMNE. Five other members of Parliament, most of whom are charged directly, or indirectly through friends of family members in other criminal cases initiated by the SDSM influenced prosecutors, also voted in favor of opening the process and are involved in the talks for an amnesty law with SDSM.

– Honestly, the amnesties seem to be merely an excuse to reach some political goals, to reach the majority needed to push through the Prespa treaty. I would be prepared to swallow an amnesty for this goal, but the problem is if you get used to swallowing things, you get used to impunity and that makes the system dysfunctional, Kalajdziev added.