The accused entered Kumanovo “to hold a press conference about the unimplemented Framework Agreement”


Skopje, 17 February, 2017 - 16:13 (META) 

The political problems of the Albanians and the unimplemented Ohrid Framework Agreement was the reason Kumanovo armed group arrived in Macedonia and in Divo Naselje, said Sami Ukshini, the prime suspect for the events of the 9th and 10th of May, 2015 at today’s hearing.

When the prosecution asked how the group planned to assist in the implementation of the agreement, Ukshini said he was told by the leaders of the group, Mirsad Ndrecaj and Beg Rizaj (who were killed during the events in Divo Naselje) that their intention was to invite journalists or to hold a press conference and publicly say that the Framework agreement was not realized, the situation in Macedonia will return back to the way it was in 2001.

As to why a press conference was not called Ukshini said it depended on Rizaj and Ndrecaj as organizers of the group.

When asked whether the group had support of some of the political parties in Macedonia, he said he did not know because he was not the organizer of the group.

With today’s testimony by Ukshini, the hearing began of the accused in the “Divo Naselje” case. In total, there are 37 defendants.


The people of Kumanovo demand justice for the death of a four-year-old boy


Kumanovo, 4 July, 2016 - 16:58 (META) 

Around 1000 citizens gathered today in Kumanovo, at 15:00 to protest the death of a four-year-old boy who was run over by a car at the exit of the city’s hospital. They seek justice for the young boy, Almir Aliu.

The protest took place in silence, protesters did not chant or shout, they only held a banner at the beginning of the procession, simply saying in Albanian “For justice”.

Protesters demand that the suspect who was behind the wheel of the car is held accountable in the eyes of the law.

The organizers, an NGO “Zani” (meaning Voice) asked politicians who were present at the protest to remain in the last row of the procession, and also asked them not to give statements to the media.
The protest ended in front of the Basic Court in Kumanovo.

Four-year-old Almir Aliu died on Saturday at the Clinical Centre in Skopje, due to the wounds from the car which hit him.

According to the media, the suspect hit the child with a vehicle intentionally, after a banal argument in the clinic in Kumanovo.

The suspect, in this case, has been arrested and is currently being held in a 30-day detention jail which was ruled by the court.


Silence over the ‘Bona Dea’ statue scandal at the closing night of the ‘Brothers Manaki’ Film Festival


Bitola, 28 September, 2015 - 10:59 (META) 

A half empty hall, numerous awards and long speeches marked last night’s closing ceremony of the 36th edition of the International Film Festival (IFF), from the “Manaki Brothers” in Bitola.
The prize “Golden Camera 300” was awarded to Macau Erdelyi, the cinematographer of the film “Son of Saul,” a story about the horrors of the Holocaust. The “Silver Camera 300” award went to Adam Arkapo for “Macbeth,” while the “Bronze Camera” went to Mateo Guzman for the film “Earth and shadow.”
Last night festival organizers, despite their attempts to bypass the “Bona Dea” statue scandal for the category for “New European film”, decided not to bring it out on stage. After the media reported that the statue was not that of the Roman goddess, but an archaeological object of a male character found in a dig in Heraklea and had been stored in a small museum at the ancient site, and not in the London museum, organizers decided against bringing the showed statue on stage.
For many this was a surprise because the previous practice was all prizes were brought on stage, whether the presenters or winners present or not.
The festivals director Dimitar Nikolov came on stage to express his condolences and regret that the representative from Bulgaria who was meant to award a prize, had died just a few days earlier.
Otherwise the award for “New European Film” went to the film “Rams” by Icelandic film director, Grimur Hakonarson.