The Criminal Council of the Basic Court I Skopje has rejected the appeal of UBK’s former Director, Sasho Mijalkov regarding the detention over the case of “Empire.”

The judges have assessed that there is a danger that Mijalkov might try to escape and to harass witnesses, and have confirmed the decision of the preliminary proceedings judge, who set a 30-day detention over the case of “Empire.”

“Acting upon the appeal lodged by the defendant’s defense that was against the decision of a preliminary proceedings judge that is accepting the suggestion of the Public Prosecution for pursuing criminal acts that have come out of the illegal wiretapping, for a detention in the case that is led by the public prosecution under the name of “Empire”, the Criminal Council of the Basic Court 1 during the previous day, has held a public session in the presence of both parties. After both parties’ presentation including the facts and the evidence presented in the appeal, the Council has made a decision to reject the plea and has confirmed the decision of the preliminary proceedings judge, in a way that it decided for the detention to continue because of the reasons that were set in Article 165, Alinea 1 from the Criminal Law, announced the Criminal Court.