After the biggest robbery in the history of an independent Macedonia, where more than 3 million euros were stolen from the vault of a NLB bank in Skopje, statements released to the media from the MOI and from the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) yesterday, did very little to help journalists inform the public about the details of this specific bank robbery: The treasurer took money out of the bank for five days in a decorative bag (which is the only “juicy” detail that the MOI has revealed) and nobody noticed?

After three days, the mystery thickens, the money, according to recent information, is missing, the perpetrator is in custody and every day more and more questions are being asked concerning the case.

  • Where is the money?
  • Did the treasurer act alone?
  • How is it possible that nobody noticed that the individual in question was taking bundles of cash from the vault?
  • Does the bank have security cameras (in the vault) which record everything and does someone monitor the cameras in real time?
  • Why is there a difference in the amounts specified in the statements from the MOI (2.4 million Swiss francs and 645.000 euros) and the Public Prosecutor’s Office (2 million Swiss franc and 270.000 euros)?

The Ministry of Interior and the Public Prosecutor’s Office – Skopje did not give us any clear answers. The MOI say that currently they can not comment more that what was sent to the media yesterday, because the case is now in the hands of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

However, the PPO Skopje in regards to the difference in the amounts mentioned in both statements, told “Meta” that the figures are not inclusive, and only some details were released. The actual facts of the case will be shown in the indictment.

When asked whether the suspect, B.C had told them where the money is located, they told us that in the interest of the ongoing investigation, many details will not be disclosed to the public until the right moment.