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Systemic solution against abuse of security services

Systemic solution against abuse of security services

Skopje, 12 October 2017 (MIA) - A public debate on the Government's reforms in the security system, including the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence (UBK) and the Law on Interception of Electronic Communications, is to open in less than a month. The objective is to offer a solution that guarantees no abuses in the system, the Government said on Thursday.

"We want to make sure that citizens know that regardless of the party in power, no one would think of abusing security services", Government Spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski told a press conference.

According to him, the Government's motion to halt the Constitutional Court procedure over assessment of the constitutionality of Article 175 of the Law on Electronic Communications aims at avoiding partial solutions until a specific systemic solution is available, one ensuring that abuses of the system would not occur.

The Government says that Article 175 does not enter into the procedure of interception of communications, because the Constitution's Amendment XIX reads, "The freedom and inviolability of correspondence and other forms of communication is guaranteed. Only a court decision may, under conditions and in procedure prescribed by law, authorise non-application of the principle of inviolability of correspondence and other forms of communication". Therefore, the Government believes that the Law on Interception of Communications in general can be subject of assessment regarding its constitutionality, but not Article 175 as a separate provision.

The Government is committed to the reforms in UBK and the Law on Interception of Electronic Communications, which are in the final stages.

"A public debate will open in less than a month, when all technical issues will be made transparent, assuring ourselves that the only intention is to prevent past activities", added Bosnjakovski.

Asked if there is still a possibility of abusing the system, he stressed that the Government guarantees it is now impossible to abuse the counterintelligence measures.

"The UBK director has clearly said that the legal procedure is fully respected, meaning these measures cannot be carried out unless there is an order from a public prosecutor", stressed Bosnjakovski. ik/12:24


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