Today Zaev’s trial of the “Bribery” case should continue


Today the Criminal Court in Skopje should continue the hearing of the trial on the case “Bribery”, in which the leader of the opposition, the SDSM and the Mayor of Strumica, Zoran Zaev stand accused.

Zaev, according to the prosecution, is being charged for bribery. Allegedly, the Mayor of Strumica demanded a bribe of 163,924 euros from Strumica businessman Ivan Nikolov Sachevaliev, or two euros per square metre for land in Strumica, which the businessman, Nikolov was interested in privatizing.

However, the SDSM leader, has claimed consistently that he was aware that the businessman was attempting to set him up.

The trial of the case “Bribery” started on January 25 of this year, but so far, hearings have been repeatedly postponed for various reasons.

The previous hearing of the case was meant to held on September 22, but was postponed and rescheduled for today because Zaev was away on an official visit to Tirana, Albania, at a session of the Parliamentary Council of the European Union.

The Judge in the case is Dijana Gruevska Ilievska, who in early October was appointed Vice President of Basic Court Skopje 1, replacing the previous Vice President, Ivica Stefanovski.

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