The SPO had requested that former officials from VMRO-DPMNE and the accused in the Titanic case, Mile Janakieski and Kiril Bozinovski be detained because they were deemed flight risks. The criminal court accepted the proposal from the SPO and ordered a 30-day detention of two people.

“The Criminal Council of the Department for Organized Crime and Corruption at the Basic Court Skopje 1 – Skopje, acting on the proposal of the Public Prosecutor’s Office for prosecuting related crimes and arising from the illegal interception of communications, for determining measures for securing attendance for M.J. and K.B. covered in the case with KOC no. 7/18 from the prosecutor’s office code-named “Titanic”, after evaluating the facts and evidence in the proposal, adopted the decisions with which the proposal was accepted and ordered the detainee to be detained 30 days in jail because of the existence of the grounds referred to in Article 165, paragraph 1, item 1. of the LCP, ie “if there are other circumstances indicating the danger of escape,” the Criminal Court said in a statement.

The Interior Ministry confirmed that Janakieski and Bozhinovski were detained in Shuto Orizari prison this morning.

After Gruevski’s escape, Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski said yesterday that defendants in SPO cases should be detained.

Yesterday, Janakieski said that he strongly condemns Nikola Gruevski’s escape and that he does not intend to run, and that he will be in Macedonia and will come to court at the scheduled hearing for the Titanic case.

“I condemn this act, because it will negatively affect all of the court cases, especially in those cases where we are accused together,” said Janakieski.