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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.

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.