Journalist Kezharovski tells Zaev to visit the cells at the “Shutka” jail as soon as possible

Skopje, 11 September, 2017 - 17:21 (META) 

The journalist, Tomislav Kezharovski, after spending half his sentence in the county jail “Shutka” in the Skopje neighborhood of Shuto Orizari, today suggested that Prime Minister Zoran Zaev visit the cells at the county jail in Shutka.

The reason for Kezharovski’s facebook status was the visit of the Prime Minister to the Idrizovo Prison, where he said he was “ashamed of the conditions”.

“I congratulate your efforts to improve the conditions in the Idrizovo prison and even more on your announcement of an amnesty law. But I suggest, as soon as possible, you go and see the cells in the Shutka county. And right there, first in the C-14, and then in the C-19, I spent months locked up with three others. I had no privilege to be in the spacious cells, in the new part. Everyone in C ,were all there who should have been broken”, says Kezharovski in his Facebook status.

He adds that after his verdict was handed down, he asked to be transferred to “Idrizovo” because it was better there.

Kezharovski was sentenced to four years and six months for the “Liquidation”case, where he was charged for uncovering the identity of a protected witness in the “Oreshe” case in his articles by Reporter 92.

Zaev is ashamed of the conditions in “Idrizovo” prison, and has called for an amnesty

Skopje, 11 September, 2017 - 12:03 (META) 

I am ashamed that I am a Prime Minister of a country with such prisons, stated Prime Minister Zoran Zaev after today’s visit to “Idrizovo” prison. Zaev visited the penitentiary institution together with the Ombudsmen, Ixmet Memeti, and the Executive Director of the Helsinki Committe for Human Rights, Uranija Priovska.

Zaev did not hide his disappointment with the conditions of the prison.

“There are no minimum conditions for serving a sentence here…. I am ashamed that I am Prime Minister of a country with such prisons. The conditions are inhumane substandard, and far beneath a mans dignity. I am for an amnesty, we hope that it gets into Government and Parliamentary procedure as soon as possible”, said Zaev after he toured the prison.

“Idrizovo” prison has 1.800 inmates, however the capacity of the prison is only for 800 people, added the Prime Minister.

Zaev said that the Government will try to foster debate in society through the media, for the immediate improvement of prison conditions.

One of the options for the overcrowding situation in Idzrizovo, he has called for an amnesty for some of the inmates, by terminating prison sentences for non violent offenders. However, heavy criminals such as pedophiles and anyone who has committed crimes against humanity will not be offered such an amnesty.

Zaev said that the debate regarding the amnesty has already begun in the institutions.
After visiting the prison, the Prime Minister said that some parts of Idzizovo should be demolished, as it is impossible to renovate.