Constitutional Court again postpones the session regarding the cross in Butel


The Constitutional Court will again postpone the discussion on the initiative for assessing the constitutionality and legality of the decision to build the 55 metre cross in the Municipality of Butel, which caused tensions in late February and early March.

The proposal to postpone a hearing for any of these sessions came from judge Sali Murati, who did not attend today’s meeting. Constitutional judges voted with eight “for” votes to have the item taken off the agenda.

This is the second time the constitutional judges have postponed the discussion on this initiative, which was submitted to the court in March by the Mayor of Struga Zijadin Sela, on the grounds that building the cross it is not in accordance with the Badinter principle.

Previously, on the subject concerning the cross in Butel, constitutional judges were meant to debate the issue at the session held on May 31, but then the item was withdrawn from the agenda by the reporting judge Vladimir Pavlov, who had no special explanation and said that it will be discussed at another time and session.

The building of the cross, which was donated by the World Macedonian Congress (WMC), caused tensions after members of the DUI party and their supporters set up camp and protested against the construction of the cross,  which was met with counter-responses from the WMC. The President of the World Macedonian Congress, Todor Petrov was physically attacked the day after the ceremony when the cornerstone was consecrated.

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