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Gruevski and Mijalkov requested from the court to return their passports regarding business trips

Skopje, 20 September, 2017 - 15:52 (META) 

VMRO-DPMNE leader, Nikola Gruevski and his cousin Sasho Mijalkov, former Head of the Security and Counterintelligence Service (UBK) have requested from the Criminal Court to return their passports, which were taken away as a guarantee that they would not leave the country due to the charges against them by the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office, “Television 24″reported.

The information from the television was confirmed by Gruevski’s and Mijalkov’s lawyers, according to which it was not a matter of anything new, but a regular court practice.

They requested their passports to be returned because they need them for business trips abroad, and as a guarantee that they will not run away from the country, they have proposed their family status and the businesses they have in Macedonia .

Recently, Gruevski has said he did not have intention to run away, on the contrary, to return to power.

Mijalkov is withdrawing from all his VMRO-DPMNE party functions

Skopje, 29 July, 2017 - 19:17 (META) 

The former director of the Administration of Security and Counterintelligence (UBK) Saso Mijalkov, today via a statement from the VMRO-DPMNE communication centre, said that he will be withdrawing from his political activities.

“In order to complete the ongoing court proceedings, in which I personally believe the truth will be proved, I have made a personal decision to withdraw from all party functions. Throughout my entire working and personal life, with my opportunities, strengths and knowledge, I built myself into the party, respecting and trusting in its orientation and idea and have advocated for consistency and dedication”, says the statement.

Mijalkov said that his professional efforts for Macedonia during his work and time in state institutions will be even more valorized and verified over a historical distance.

“I will continue to support the values of the party strongly, which all of our members believe, the cause of the historical VMRO and the vision for a prosperous Macedonia, an advanced and modern member of the EU and NATO”, reads the statement.

Mijalkov has been a member of VMRO-DPMNE’s Executive Committee. On the other hand, he is one of the main suspects in the “Treasury” case, where Israeli wiretapping equipment was procured through an offshore company called “Finzi”. In the “Target” case, he is suspected of ordering mass illegal wiretapping. In the “Torture” case, he is the prime suspect in ordering the inhumane arrest and exploitation of the leader of the United for Macedonia party, Ljube Boshkovski.

Custody for Grujovski, Jakimovski and Boshkovski – while Mijalkov’s passport has been confiscated

Skopje, 18 July, 2017 - 18:08 (META) 

The Skopje Appellate Court upheld the appeal of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for some of the defendants in the “Target” and the “Fortress” cases and ordered the former Head of the Administration of Security and Counter-Intelligence (UBK), Goran Grujovski, the former Chief of Staff of Sasho Mijalkov’s cabinet at UBK, Toni Jakimovski and Nikola Boshkovski, an employee at UBK, be remanded into pre-trial custody.

The former Director of UBK, Sasho Mijalkov will have his passport confiscated and is obliged to report to court once a week after the Skopje Appellate Court rejected the SPO’s appeals and has confirmed the rulings of the court with a primary jurisdiction.

“After the sessions held on the 17.07.2017, the Skopje Appellate Court ruled in the cases known to the public as “Target” and the “Fortress”, approved three appeals from the Public Prosecutor’s Office  for prosecuting related crimes and crimes which arose from the content of the illegal interception of communications by reinstating the initial decisions for the accused G.G., N.B. and T.J.  In order to ensure the presence of the defendants in the criminal proceedings, he ordered pre-trial custody, while the remaining defendants preliminary verdicts were confirmed, and the appeals from the defendants and the prosecution were rejected as unfounded”, announced the Skopje Appellate Court in a statement.

Mijalkov gives his word that he will regularly appear in court

Skopje, 17 July, 2017 - 17:43 (META) 

Today, former Director of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence (UBK), Sasho Mijalkov, before a three member council of Skopje’s Appellate Court, stated that he has no reason to flee the country as he is convinced of his innocence and he believes that in further hearings, the court will see this, reported “Nova TV”.

“Until now, I have only missed two summons, and that was because I was abroad and there were no return tickets on time. I answer every summons responsibly. That is how it has been until now, and from today, I can give the court my word that I shall answer every invitation and summons, and I will appear in court properly”, said Mijalkov.

Lence Ristovska, a prosecutor from the SPO, argued that they are asking Mijalkov be remanded into custody as he is a flight risk because there are court proceedings against him. She submitted Mijalkov’s questionnaires from the State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption and documents from the Czech Trade Register, where it states that he is a property owner and a business owner in the Czech Republic, alluding to the possibility of him fleeing the country.

Before the session ended, Mijalkov said he believed in the “objectivity and professionalism of the court and that they will make the right decision”.

UBK and BJB directors including MoI’s high ranking officials had been feasting on the expense of the state

Skopje, 13 July, 2017 - 15:23 (META) 

Invoices of lunches and dinners, which amount to 500 euros, some of which are dated during times of worsened security situation, were presented by MoI today. The invoices are part of the expenditures for a representation by former high ranking MoI officials and their deputies and assistants, including the directors of the Administration for Security and Counter Intelligence (UBK) and Bureau for Public Safety (BJB).

The invoices were just one tiny part of what has been declassified at MoI and soon new evidence will be presented.

These officials have had expensive food specialties, seafood, drank expensive wines and beverages. Some of these bills were made a day after the massacre at the Smilkovsko Lake when at a well-known restaurant a bill of 29.860 denars was made.

As was presented by MoI with this bill and other ones, it is a representation to which only the directors of UBK and BJB were authorized to do.

Mijalkov stripped of his passport, rulings on custody for “Titanic” case expected tomorrow

Skopje, 2 July, 2017 - 14:36 (META) 

The Criminal Councils of Basic Court Skopje I rejected the request by the Special Prosecutor’s Office to remand the former Director of the Administration for Security and Counter Intelligence (UBK), Saso Mijalkov into custody, as unfounded. He is the prime suspect in the cases “Target” and “Fortress”, which the SPO have merged into one case.

The request for custody, as reported by the Criminal Court today, was replaced with precautionary measures, i.e. Mijalkov’s passport was confiscated and he has to report once a week to the court.

The court also rejected the request for custody for the other four accused in the cases “Target” and “Fortress”, including the former director of the fifth administration, Goran Grujovski. Their passports have been confiscated and they also have to report to the court once a week.

So far, the court has dismissed all the requests for detainment made by the SPO. The SPO announced that it would appeal to the Appellate Court Skopje regarding the decisions made by the Criminal Councils.

The deadline for submitting appeals is 3 days after the ruling has been made.


Criminal Court has asked for more time in order for the judges to decide upon SPO’s custody requests

Skopje, 30 June, 2017 - 16:18 (META) 

The Criminal Court Skopje has announced that it cannot tell how long the procedure will take, when will it end and when will the decisions be announced regarding the requests filed by the Special Public Prosecution for taking into custody and measures of caution against persons against whom charges were filed against yesterday.

The Court has announced that due to a large number of requests and evidence material that was submitted, the judges are trying to make their decisions within the deadline of 24 hours.

Yesterday, the Special Public Prosecution along with the 17 charges has also filed requests for taking into custody 18 people among which is VMRO-DPMNE’s party leader and former Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski.

SPO is demanding custody for Gruevski, Mijalkov, Jankuloska, Kancheska and Janakieski

Skopje, 29 June, 2017 - 15:08 (META) 

Apart from filing 17 charges, the Special Prosecution will send requests for taking into custody 18 persons among which is the party leader of VMRO-DPMNE and a former Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, the former director of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence, Sasho Mijalkov, the former ministers of Interior, Culture and Transportation and Communications, Gordana Jankuloska, Elizabeta Kancheska-Milevska and Mile Janakieski.

According to the complete report issued by SPO, custody is being demanded for Gruevski, the former chief of his cabinet, Martin Protuger, the former General Secretary of the Government, Kiril Božinovski as suspects in the “Titanic” case for rigging elections.

Custody was requested for two persons for the “Titanic 3” case, for the Mayor of Gazi Baba, Toni Trajkovski, who is accused in the case of “TNT” for the demolishing the “Kosmos” complex, owned by businessman Fiat Canoski.

Custody is being requested by SPO for the former Minister of Culture, Elizabeta Kancheska – Milevska and another person as suspects in the “Tenders” case.

Custody is requested for the editor of the TV Sitel, Dragan Pavlovic Latas, a suspect in the “Total” case.

The SPO is requesting custody for the former Economic Vice-Premier, Vladimir Peshevski, as a suspect in the “Trajectory” case.

The SPO is requesting custody for Sasho Mijalkov, the former Head of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence (UBK) and three individuals that are suspects in the “Target” and “Fortress” cases that deal with illegal wiretapping and for the destruction of the UBK’s equipment that was used for the wiretapping.

Apart from the custody requests, the SPO has demanded precautionary measures for another 47 people.

Goran Nikolovski to be Head of UBK, Lazo Velkovski to be Head of BJB, the government adopts a proposal to replace Zvrlevski

Skopje, 16 June, 2017 - 21:27 (META) 

At the session held this afternoon, the Government came to the decision that Parliament must submit a proposal for the dismissal of the Attorney General of the Republic of Macedonia, Marko Zvrlevski, and they appointed new directors of the Public Security Bureau (BJB) and the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence (UBK), or to be more specific, the parts of the Interior Ministry who are in charge of the police forces, the secret police and counterintelligence.

Goran Nikolovski has been appointed as the Director of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence and Lazo Velkovski as Director of the Public Security Bureau.

Goran Nikolovski is employed at the Administration fohyr Security and Counterintelligence, where he is the Head of Counterintelligence for the Balkans. Lazo Velkovski, a longtime employee of the MOI, during VMRO-DPMNE’s rule, until the formation of the interim Government, he was transferred to the Intelligence Agency.

Mijalkov arrives at the SPO to give his statement

Skopje, 16 June, 2017 - 15:13 (META) 

Today, former director of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence, Saso Mijalkov arrived at the Special Prosecutor’s Office, where he will be probably be giving a statement for a case he is being charged with by the SPO.

Mijalkov arrived around 13:00 pm accompanied by his lawyer, Ljupco Shvrogovski, but he did not want to give a statement to the press before he entered the premises of the SPO.

For now, the SPO has not revealed for which case Mijalkov was called to give a statement. He is a suspect in multiple cases, such as “Torture”, “Target”, and “Fortress”.