Gruevski’s hearing for the “Slaps” case is being filmed with two handheld cameras and no sound

Skopje, 7 December, 2017 - 16:38 (META) 

Today’s court hearing, concerning the violence in front of the Municipality of Centar in June, 2013, a case known to the general public as “Slaps”, in which Nikola Gruevski, Mile Janakieski, Daniela Rangelova and a dozen others were charged, was filmed with two handheld cameras, after lawyers for the defense yesterday and today called for hearings to be postponed in the cases “Trajectory” and “Total” because there were no conditions for visual-audio recording of the procedure.

Judge Tatjana Mihajlova explained, the trial is filmed with two handheld cameras, but only visually, and no tone.

Gruevski’s lawyer Dimitar Dangov reacted to this, and said that as soon as it is being films, records should not be kept and that the main hearing should be postponed because previous records were not signed by the parties involved in the procedure and therefore have no legal effect.

Judge Mihajlova rejected the lawyer’s request and said that the filming was made possible by the new Criminal Procedure Code of 2013, but the conditions are what they are, and the records are kept in strict form.

“The court has this kind of equipment. If you look at the previous transcripts, I have said that there was no opportunity to record the hearings”, said Mihajlova.