The Basic Court in Skopje has rejected the Special Prosecutor’s request for 8 suspects to be taken into custody, the request is linked to electoral irregularities in the ongoing operation ‘Titanic’. The Court came to the decision to reject the SPP’s request for the detention of Edmond Temelko, Mile Janakieski and two other suspects arising from Operation Titanic, the initials for the unnamed two are M.P. and K.M.

The Court stressed in a statement, that the other four suspects, which include former Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska, and Secretary-General Kiril Bozinoski, had, through their lawyers informed the Court that due to travel difficulties, the suspects were unable to contact the Court immediately. Their lawyers submitted to the Court proof in the form of plane tickets, also stating their clients, furthermore, will appear in court.

For Temelko the Court decided to impose further precautionary measures, i.e. having to report to the Court once a week. The Court went on to state that the SPP was also seeking the detention of a person with the initials .IG., however the man in question is due to appear before a judge in the Preliminary investigation on Monday.

The Special Prosecutor’s Office today used its official Facebook page to express their disappointment with the Court’s decision and said they intended to appeal.