Since the Supreme Court returned the case against journalist Tomislav Kezarovski for a return trial, today, the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) at a press conference demanded that the Basic Public Prosecution should withdraw and the Criminal Court should reject the charges against the journalist.
AJN’s President, Mladen Chadikovski, announced that this morning they were discussing the Supreme Court’s decision about Kezarovski’s case and have unanimously decided that AJM will insist to the very end on equity both at the Court and the Prosecution when deciding upon this case and until Kezarovski is freed from any charges.
-In the past few weeks, AJM has continuously provided its support for Kezarovski and this stance we shall defend until justice is done. That is why we ask the Public Prosection to withdraw its charges against our colleague Kezarovski who was unjustly accused and then convicted. With an act such as this, the Public Prosecution will show that it is finally deciding independently and unobtrusively in the interest of justice. If the prosecution doesn’t drop all charges, we are asking that the Criminal court should dismiss the charges – said Chadikovski.
Kezarovski expressed his gratitude for the ongoing support that he received from AJM since the start of the process.
-With attorney Filip Medarski, we are expecting a fair trial in this case where we can present our evidence that I didn’t commit the act I was accused and sentenced for – stressed Kezarovski.
The Supreme Court has annulled the verdicts brought by the Basic Court 1 and the Appellate Court in the case of “Liquidation” and brought the case for a re-trial.
In 2013, Kezarovski was accused of revealing the identity of a witness under protection in the case of “Oreshe” which has endangered the witness’ life.
He was sentenced to 4,5 years imprisonment and the Appellate Court decreased it to 2 years.
Kezarovski spent 5 months in detention in the “Skopje” penitentiary and later he was ordered confinement in his own home.