Among the arrested members of the terrorist group, which was cracked in Kumanovo ten days ago, there actually was a police officer, confirmed Deputy Minister of Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior (MOI) Ivo Kotevski for META.
When we asked whether it is true that there was a police officer among the detainees in action in Kumanovo, Kotevski answered: “Yes, I think that is true.”
We also sent the same question to the Public Prosecution, but we did not receive any response from it.
Information regarding the officer was yesterday unveiled by Ombudsman Idzhet Memeti, who responded to the public that the detained police officer was molested and tortured by his colleagues in the police action in Kumanovo and that he was not allowed to enter into prison “Skopje” in settlement Shuto Orizari.
Asked to comment on Memeti’s reaction, Kotevski said for META that “the cooperation of the Ministry of Interior with the Ombudsman is good and, as before, they will respond to his every request or complaint”.
He had no information whether the Sector for Internal Control and Professional Standards Unit (SVKPS) opened proceedings on Memeti’s allegations.
– If the Ombudsman filed a request to the Internal Control Department, it will surely be processed – said Kotevski.
Part of controversial speculation that could be heard after the action in Kumanovo in the past few days is being confirmed.
Talking to Kosovo media, one of the members of the group said he was detained in the police operation in Kumanovo, but managed to escape the police when they took him to show them where was the weapons stolen during the attack on the sentry Goshince on 21st of April hidden.
This claim was not denied by any of the competent institutions in the country.
Prosecution confirmed that the number of terrorists killed in action is ten, not 14, as MOI previously informed and that official reports from autopsies on their bodies, as well as the bodies of the killed members of the security forces, are still awaited.
The controversy is further heated up by part of the German media. In its report on developments in Kumanovo, Berlin daily “Tageszeitung” asks “How were the eight policemen killed and why they were buried the next day: is it possible that they stumbled on friendly fire from their own colleagues?”