7 defendants received sentences totaling over 80 years prison for the attempted murder of Zijadin Sela

Skopje, 5 July, 2018 - 12:49 (META) 

The seven defendants were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 years and 6 months to 13 years and 6 months, in total 81 years and 6 months, for crimes such as attempted murder of MP Zijadin Sela which took place on 27th of April, last year, inciting bloody violence in Parliament, the Skopje Basic Court has announced the verdict today.

All of them were charged with attempted murder.

The accused Kire Georgievski was sentenced to 13 years, Aleksandar Janevski – Tosta received the same sentence. Nikola Vojminovski received 13 years and six months. Andrej Micov, Nikolce Dimitrievski, Oliver Osavkovski and Kosta Delov, all received 10 years and 6 months

According to the criminal act under which they were prosecuted, the defendants faced prison sentences ranging from 5 to 15 years.

Their lawyer had demanded acquittals for all of the defendants, on the grounds there was no evidence that they had tried to kill Sela.

Zaev wished Mickovski luck and stated that they should think of Macedonia together

Skopje, 25 December, 2017 - 13:39 (META) 

I can only wish the new president of VMRO-DPMNE good luck and we shall all together think about the Republic of Macedonia, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev when asked about his opinion concerning Hristija Mickoski election for a president of the biggest opposition party.

He stressed that two stable political parties such as VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM will mean stability for Macedonia.

-The end of our political opponent’s Congres and the election of a new leader should represent a perspective for the state. I expect a constructive process in the Parliament and a critical review on part of the opposition – said Zaev, when he was answering question after today’s hearing in the “Ransom” case.

Regarding the issue whether he expects VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs to return at the Parliament, Zaev said that he expects of them to correct their decision and to return, becuase on the agenda there will be important issues that will demand a two-third majority.

-I expect that Mr. Sela, who is a leader of a younger political party, that most probably wants to prove itself, will accept the vacant Vice-president for reforms place in the government. I expect such a step from the party that leads 20 serious sectors in the state’s organs. It is not possible for me to change any of the ministers that began working starting from the 1st of November immediately after the local elections – said Zaev.

Sela: The attack on me was a political assassination attempt

Tetovo, 22 May, 2017 - 15:07 (META) 

On the 27th of April, an assassination was attempted on the political demands and political needs of the Albanians in Macedonia, said today the leader of the Albanian Alliance, Zijadin Sela, during his first appearance in public after he was injured during the attack on the Parliament.

“To a certain degree, they did manage to hurt us, but we came back, we reincarnated ourselves into something much stronger and more united on the political scene. I don’t know the people who attacked me. It was a political assault and someone else will take care of the legal matters”, said Sela.

When asked by a journalist about the course of the negotiations with SDSM for forming a new government, Sela said that they are in constant communication and what matters to them is “new governance.”

The crisis is in full swing, assessed Sela after meeting with Hahn

Skopje, 21 March, 2017 - 19:01 (META) 

The political crisis is far from over, unfortunately it is in full swing, stated the leader of the Albanian Alliance, Zijadin Sela, after his meeting with European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn and three MEPs Ivo Vajgl, Eduard Kukan and Knut Fleckenstein.

“The only opportunity to get out of the crisis is the institutional path. This society needs debate. All those who are against this form, are nothing but anarchists who are prepared to risk the peace of the people”, said Sela.

At the meeting, Sela stressed that Brussels diplomats reiterated that it is necessary to form a government urgently and to continue on the path towards European integration. He pointed out that President Ivanov is not entitled to a personal point of view, but the constitution.

“The President may have hundreds of opinions, however, as President he is not entitled to a personal point of view regarding the mandate, and he must give it to the person who secured a parliamentary majority, with a minimum of 61 MPs. We need to complete the constitutive session and once again Ivanov must be informed that the majority was formed by a new Parliament Speaker, and then wait 10 days for him to hand over the mandate. After that, if he does not award the mandate, freely vote for the government in Parliament. If anyone disagrees, they can take it up with the Constitutional Court”, said Sela.

When he was asked whether the meeting focused on the topic of some sort of sanctions from the EU, Sela said that they had not discussed the subject.

“I do not see why Hahn would discuss sanctions with us, He should talk to the creators of this crisis. He who creates chaos, can control chaos”, said Sela.

European Commissioner Hahn and MEPs Vajgl, Kukan and Fleckenstein are currently in a meeting with the leader of DUI, Ali Ahmeti, and after that, they are left with meetings with the leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev and president of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski.

According to the initial agenda, Hahn was meant to give a statement after he concludes all his meetings, however, instead the Commissioner will give a joint statement with the three MEPs.

Sela: Rama didn’t announce veto for NATO

Skopje, 20 May, 2015 - 17:22 (META) 

Zijadin Sela, head of the DPA reform movement and mayor of Struga, believes that the speech of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama doesn’t insinuate a veto.

– I do not think that a veto is concerned, because what I realized is that Rama said he will support Macedonia for its NATO membership when the Ohrid Framework Agreement would be implemented. Prime Minister of Albania has the constitutional right to care for Albanians outside the country. On the other hand, any report of the European Union has requirements for full implementation of the Ohrid agreement and Macedonia’s commitment is to do so.

Sela: If they consider themselves as Albanians, DUI should leave the Government

Тетово, 24 April, 2015 - 20:39 (META) 

On the extraordinary assembly of the current political developments in Tetovo, president of DPA Reform Movement Zijadin Sela said that justice in Macedonia has been suspended by the current government, so he invites people of DUI, if they are Albanians, to immediately leave the government, which, according to him, is “totally immoral”.

– Albanians should be calm because in the following period, when all political processes are proven to be created for them in the past twenty years. This already everyone knows, in the country and abroad, i.e. the international community. Therefore we call DUI to exit the government, and if they do not do so, we will consider people from DUI as “honest Albanians” as of the time of Slobodan Miloshevik – stated Sela.

He believes that the greatest responsibility falls on SDSM, on, what he called, “the created political process “Sopot”.”

– Created political process “Sopot” happened in the time of SDSM, but the player on duty at that time and now, when VMRO-DPMNE is on power, when also trials are manipulated, is DUI, which is constantly in governing coalition with these two Macedonian parties – said Sela.

President of DPA Reform Movement Zijadin Sela says there is no doubt the case in Goshince is the work of the coalition partners in the government. But, according to him, they should wait and get more objective information, i.e. what exactly happened in the Lipkovo region.

Sela urged Albanians not to succumb to any scenarios, to be calm, because it will no longer be allowed in those scenarios, as he said, “their houses to burn.”

Zijadin Sela elected new President of DPA

Тетово, 21 March, 2015 - 18:12 (META) 

Reform Movement of DPA chose Struga Mayor Zijadin Sela as party president, at, according to them, the sixth regular congress, held this afternoon in Tetovo. Sela said that Menduh Thaci is an illegitimate president of the party because he was reelected at a Congress last year, as opposed to the party’s statute, which requires the party congress of the opposition party of Albanians to be held today.

– I will address the former president of DPA Thaci to return stamps, and, if he does not do it, we will lead a litigation, which, in my opinion, we should win, because we are working according to the rules in the statute. Finally, DPA is not a single man, neither Thaci nor Sela, but its membership – Sela said.

In case the court rules in favor of Thaci, Sela announced that their supporters would form a new party of Albanians, which, along with other opposition Albanian parties, will fight for the rights of their ethnicity.

– In Macedonia there is no opposition party of the Albanians. Thaci and Ahmeti are partners of Prime Minister Gruevski. Therefore, the reformed DPA will fight to restore the dignity of the Albanians. When we win the election, we will fight our requirements to be met, and then enter the government – said Sela.

The newly elected leader believes that the political crisis could be resolved by international mediation and the presence of European courts in Macedonia, following the example of EULEX in Kosovo. He doesn’t believe that the crisis in Macedonia will lead to ethnic conflict, but, as he said, the ruling parties would want such incidents to occur.

Struga Mayor Zijadin Sela was elected with 617 votes “for” one “against”, while seven delegates were neutral.