The Department of Cybercrime and Digital Forensics have brought criminal charges against a 34-year-old man from Skopje TT, due to comments he made on “Facebook”, indirectly threatening the US Ambassador to Macedonia, Jess Baily and his family.

The Skopje resident, according to the Ministry of Interior, is suspected of the crime of damaging the reputation of a foreign country.

“The Department of Cybercrime and Digital Forensics has filed criminal charges against TT (34) from Skopje because of reasonable suspicion that he damaged the reputation of a foreign country. The suspect from the 14th to the 16th of April, 2016, from his Facebook profile, made comments with inappropriate content and sent indirect threats to the US envoy in Macedonia and to his family several times on the official “Facebook” page of the US Embassy in the Republic Macedonia, publicly mocking him”, informed the Interior Ministry.

In late December last year, the Embassy of Turkey in Macedonia says they had filed criminal charges against EA, otherwise a Turkish citizen because he insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through “Facebook”, which harmed the reputation of the Republic of Turkey and its president.

According to Article 181 of the Criminal Code of Macedonia, it determines a financial penalty to those “who publicly ridicule or make a mockery of a foreign state, its flag, coat of arms, anthem, head of state or a diplomatic representative.”