On its schedule for this week for this week, the Criminal court in Skopje has a tough agenda of hearings for cases such as “Fortress 2,” “Ransom,” “Slaps” and “Transporter” that are causing great interest among the general public. Three of these cases based on charges filed by the Special Public Prosecution.

The following people will have to appear on the accused bench: the SDSM’s party leader and Prime MInister, Zoran Zaev, VMRO-DPMNE’s party leader and former Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski and the mayor of Bitola, Vladimir Taleski.

This week coincides with the first week of the start of the local election campaign.

The Agenda of the hearings is the following:

26th of September (Tuesday) – The hearing for the “Fortress 2” case will have to be continued where the prime suspect for destroying the documentation of the equipment used in the illegal wiretapping is the former Head of the Fifth Administration, Gran Grujovski, who is a fugitive. The judge in this trial is Lidija Petrovska.

27th of September (Wednesday) – The trial in the case of “Ransom” will continue, where the Basic Public Prosecution for Organized Crime and Corruption is charging Prie MInister Zoran Zaev that he has asked for a ransom in the amount of 200.000 euros from a businessman from Strumica in order to legalize a parcel. The judge in this trial is Dijana Gruevska – Ilievska.

28th of September (Thursday) – The party leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, the former MInister of Transport and Communications, MP Daniela Rangelova and 11 more people are charged with the violence that occurred in front of the Municipality of Centar in June 2013. The judge in this trial is Tatjana Mihajlova.

28th of September(Thursday) – The trial for the case of “Transporter” where SPO is charging the mayor of Bitola, Vladimir Talevski and other 21 persons for misuse of the tenders for transportation of pupils in Bitola. This has caused a damage to the municipality’s budget in the amount of 300.000 euros. The judge in this trial is Lidija Petrovska.