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The Court decided MIjalkov will not go to trial for the Torture case and SPO announced an appeal

Skopje, 22 December, 2017 - 18:31 (META) 

The Criminal Court in Skopje decided that the former Head of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence will not go to a trial for the Torture case, but only the 6 members of the Alpha unit that arrested the party leader of United for Macedonia, Ljube Boshkovski for the case in the Campaign case in 2011.

The Council for indictment evaluation has partially accepted the charges in the Torture case i.e. the part where the accused ones are the 6 police officer but not the part that refers to the former Head of the secret police confirmed SPO for Meta.

Mijalkov, including the members of the Alpha unit, among which is the former Unit Commander, Ivica Anchevski – Puki, is charged with criminal acts such as “torture and other cruel, inhuman or humiliating acts and punishment.”

SPO said it is preparing to file an appeal about the Council’s decision about the indictment evaluation at the Appellate Court Skopje.

The indictment in the Titanic case accepted, Mijalkov and Tacci are the accused ones

Skopje, 7 December, 2017 - 16:19 (META) 

The Council for indictment evaluation at the Basic Court Skopje 1 accepted the SPO’s indictment for the Titanic 2 case regarding election rigging.

The following people were charged in this case: the former UBK’s Head, Sasho Mijalkov, DPA’s party leader Menduh Tacci, VMRO-DPMNE’s member at SEC, Sasho Srcev, including former members of SEC, Bedredin Ibraimi and Aneta Stefanovska and Vlatko Sajkovski.

The Council didn’t accept the proposal for indictments for five judges from the Administrative Court for a misuse of their position. Previously, the judiciary council abolished the immunity of the following judges: Biljana Nikodinovska – Petrovska, Lidija Ivanovska, Blagorodna Rangelova, Aneta Dzigerova and Gazment Fejzula, who protected them from indictments.

The Titanic 2 case refers to rigging election results at the local elections in 2013. According to the bombs that were revealed by the opposition, Mijalkov and Tacci have made an agreement for voting regarding lodged complaints at SEC.

The Appellate court decided that the wiretapped conversations can be used as evidence in the procedure.

The prosecution opens an investigation after Jeremić’s statements that Mijalkov had been laundering money

Skopje, 7 December, 2017 - 15:12 (META) 

The Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime and Corruption has initiated a pre-trial procedure due to the existence of indictments for money laundering by senior Macedonian officials, according to a statement given by former Serbian Foreign Minister, Vuk Jeremić, informs the prosecution.

Last week, Jeremić stated that the Czech company “Czechoslovak Group” last year in October, through a Belgrade-based firm, SCMG, bought the headquarters of the firm in Krusevac for four million euros, with a direct contract and without public advertisement. He said that under Serbian law, direct purchase agreements are allowed, but only in “special cases”, and “specifically in this case, this year in Macedonia, the dictatorial and deeply corrupt regime of Nikola Gruevski was brought down, the political twin brother of Serbian President, Aleksandar Vučić”.

“They are the people from that regime, and before everyone else, is Sasho Mijalkov, the former head of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence (UBK) and Gruevski’s “right hand”, who started extracting money in a panic, which he acquired from corrupt activities in Macedonia and to place the funds in various schemes, through tax havens, the Netherlands, and in the case of “October 14th”, through the Czech Republic”, stressed Jeremić.

The prosecution says the pre-trial procedure is a result of the published articles from several media outlets in the Republic of Macedonia regarding the statement made by the former Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the People’s Party in the Republic of Serbia, Vuk Jeremić .

The trial in the case of Fortress-Target is scheduled on the 22nd of December

Skopje, 23 November, 2017 - 13:46 (META) 

The trial of the SPO’s case titled “Fortress-Target” regarding the UBK’s illegal massive wiretapping of citizens during the period of 2009 and 2015 is scheduled on the 22nd of December at the Basic Court Skopje 1.

This case will be led by judge Lenka Davitkova, and the hearing will start at 10 am.

In the cases “Target and “Fortress” which were joined in one case, the prime indictees are the former Head of the Administration for Security and Counter-intelligence (UBK) Sasho Mijalkov, the former Minister of Interior, Gordana Jankuloska, Mijalkov’s former chief of cabinet, Toni Jakimovski and ten others. They are charged with illegal wiretapping that was revealed by the then opposition party and now a ruling party, SDSM and for the destruction of the surveillance equipment.

Some of the accused are Goran Grujovski and Nikola Boshkovski who fled to Greece and are now are in an extradition prison in Thessaloniki after they were arrested at the Thessaloniki airport during their attempt to leave for Budapest with forged Bulgarian passports.

The Court has accepted the indictments filed by SPO for the Target and Fortress cases

Skopje, 27 October, 2017 - 16:57 (META) 

The Criminal court in Skopje has accepted the indictments for the Target and Fortress cases filed by the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO), confirmed the Court.

By their own words, the Council has given a green light for the case to go to trial. The case was already designated to a certain judge, and next Monday, a date for the start of the court process will be announced.

Otherwise, in the cases of Target and Fortress which are joined by a single indictment, the former Head of the Administration for Security and Counter-Intelligence (UBK), Sasho Mijalkov, the former Chief of his staff, Toni Jakimovski, the former Head of the Fifth Estate, Goran Grujovski and Nikola Boshkovski, an employee at UBK are the accused.

They are accused for illegal wiretapping and for the destruction of the surveillance equipment.

Grujovski and Boshkovski are located in an extradition custody in Thessaloniki after they were arrested at the Thessaloniki airport while they were attempting to leave for Budapest with forged Bulgarian passports.

At the Criminal Court, the procedure for collecting the material for the extradition procedure led by the Ministry of Justice is still undergoing.

The Court has decided not to give back Mijalkov his passport

Skopje, 28 September, 2017 - 16:11 (META) 

The former Head of the Administration for Security and Counter-Intelligence, Sasho Mijalkov who is a prime suspect in the “Target” case, will remain without his passport as the Court has decided to overrule his request for his passport to be returned as unfounded. His passport was taken away as a measure for securing his presence.

“The Criminal Council of the department for Fighting Organized Crime and Corruption at the Basic Court I – Skopje, acting in accordance with the proposal by S.M. that was submitted through his attorneys for the measures of cautiousness to be abolished, at an announced session, has made a decision during which the request was overruled as unfounded. The measure of cautiousness, the temporary confiscation of a passport and a ban on issuing a new or other traveling documents and another measure – an obligation for the suspect to report once a week to a supervisory personnel at the Court will remain in power” announced today the Criminal Court in Skopje.

Mijalkov’s attorney, Ljupcho Shvrgovski, gave a statement previously that they have called upon a judicial practice for returning of the passport i.e. the court’s decision to return the passport to SDSM’s party leader and current Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, in one of the cases for which he was accused of.

Yesterday, the court announced that the request fo VMRO-DPMNE’s party leader, Nikola Gruevski to be returned his passport was rejected.

Otherwise, apart from Mijalkov and Gruevski, three more people that were accused in the SPO’s cases have demanded from the court their passports be returned. They were taken away as a measure of cautiousness.

Mijalkov is calling on the court’s decision for Zaev, he too wants his passport returned

Skopje, 26 September, 2017 - 12:35 (META) 

The defense team of Sasho Mijalkov, who stands accused in the “Target” case, are still waiting for an answer from the Criminal Court regarding their request to have Mr Mijalkov’s passport returned to him, after it was confiscated some time ago.

Mijalkov’s lawyer, Ljupco Shrgovski, stated that returning passports was normal practice in the judicial system, such as the case when the leader of SDSM and current Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, had his passport returned to him in one of the cases he stands accused in.

“We have had no answer for 25 days from the court, which is suprising. We expect the court to make an identical decision as they did in the case with Zoran Zaev’s passport, because the circumstances in this and in this case are the same”, said Shvrgovski.

The prosecutor from the SPO, Lence Ristovski, confirmed that 5 defendants from their cases have asked for their passports to be returned, but the SPO gave a negative response to this proposal.

Apart from Mijalkov, the former prime minister and the current leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, is also requsting his passport be returnted to him.

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.