News 03 May 12 / 08:33:14
Macedonians Charge Five For Skopje Killings
Macedonian police have pressed terrorism charges against five people for the gruesome murders of five people in Skopje on April 12, three of whom have been arrested.
|Macedonian police | Photo by: AP/Boris Grdanoski|
Police Minister Gordana Jankulovska said on Wednesday that the authorities have charged five men for the brutal murders on the outskirts of Skopje, three of whom have been arrested.
The three men, all ethnic Albanians, were seized during yesterday’s police raids.
“Two of them are at large” and are believed to have fled to neighbouring Kosovo, the minister said.
Police believe that three of the men carried out the killings and two helped them escape from the crime scene.
Not revealing the identity and ethnicity of the alleged murderers, Jankulovska only said that two were brothers from Skopje aged 32 and 33 and one other was 27. Local media reported that the suspects are Alil Demiri, Afrim and Agim Ismailovic.
The European Union delegation to Macedonia on Wednesday urged the authorities to bring the killers to justice “regardless of the ethnic or religious background of the victims and perpetrators”.
The bodies of Filip Slavkovski, Aleksandar Nakjevski, Cvetanco Acevski and Kire Trickovski, all aged between 18 and 20, were discovered on April 12 near Zelezarsko Ezero on the northern outskirts of the capital, a popular fishing destination.
The bodies had been lined up and appeared to have been executed with firearms.
The body of 45-year-old Borce Stevkovski was a short distance away from the rest.
The news of the killings raised tensions in the ethnically divided country after rumours spread that the killers were ethnic Albanians.
On Tuesday police rounded up 20 allegedly radical Muslims in an operation in several villages around the capital. During the raids they seized firearms and other weapons, some of which they believe were used in the murder.
Those not directly implicated in the Skopje killings will now face lighter charges for illegal possession of weapons.
Macedonia’s head prosecutor, Ljupco Svrgovski, said his office will demand the severest penalties for the murder suspects. “When it comes to such grave crimes the law prescribes life in prison,” Svrgovski said.
All main political parties have expressed support for moves to solve the case.
The country’s junior ruling party, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, said that ethnic Albanians should not be collectively blamed for the murders.
26 Apr 12 / 12:04:05
Macedonian Police Exclude Mafia From Skopje Murders
5 Personen rund um kriminelle Albaner aus der Terroristen Stadt: Aracinovo, sind verhaftet, angeklagt! Davon 2, welche den Taetern zur Flucht halfen. Einfach zum Morden los gefahren, und wohl Verwandt mit kriminellen Albaner Familien, die sich dort illegal niedergelassen haben.
03 Maj 2012 – 08:48 | Rajoni
Zbardhen emrat e 5 të akuzuarve për vrasjen në Smilkovc
Zbardhen emrat e 5 të akuzuarve për vrasjen në SmilkovcSHKUP- Ministria e Puënve të Brendshme të Maqedonisë ka bërë publike emrat dhe fotot e pesë personave të dyshuar për vrasjen e pesëfishtë në Smillkovcë të Shkupit. Të akuzuar janë: Halil Demiri 27-vjec nga Haraçina dhe vëllezërit Afrim Ismailovic 32-vjec dhe Agim Ismailovic 33-vjec nga Hasanbegi.
Fejzi Aziri 54-vjec dhe Rami Sejdiu 24-vjec akuzohen se anë ndihmuar autorët e krimit. Ndërkohë, që Afrim Ismailovic dhe Halil Demiri janë në arrati, raporton INA.
Ministrja e MPB-së, Gordana Jankullovska deklaroi sot se këto persona janë anëtarë të grupit kriminal që kanë kryer vrasjen. Sipas versionit të Ministrisë, tre vrasësit më 12 prill rreth orës 20.00 në afërsi të fshatit Smilkovc të Shkupit kanë kryer vrasjen e pesëfishtë me anë dy pushkë automatike dhe një pistoletë dhe se më pas kanë ikur në drejtim të një lokacioni tjetër me makinën “Opel Omega”, që më pas ilegalisht kanë kaluar kufirin drejt Kosovës.
04 May 12 / 10:19:30
Macedonia Seeks Skopje Killers Through Interpol
Interpol’s help is needed to track down two of the five suspects for the killings near Skopje, police say.
|Police Minister Gordana Jankulovska | Photo by: AP/Boris Grdanoski|
Macedonian police have asked Interpol to step in after two of the five suspects it believes killed five persons near Skopje fled the country.
Police arrested three of the men in raids this week, namely Agim Ismailovic, 32 Fejzi Azirij, 54, and Rami Sejdiu 24.
But Interpol’s help may be needed to track down Alil Demiri, 27, and Afrim Ismailovic, 33, both from Skopje.All five are ethnic Albanians.
The earlier three were arrested in Tuesday’s police operations around the capital and now face murder and terrorism charges.
An investigative judge in Skopje has meanwhile detained for 30 days nine of a group of 20 alleged radical Islamists, all ethnic Albanians, whom police arrested on Tuesday in relation to the murders.
A woman in whose house the police found an arsenal of weapons was released the same day while the court released the other ten arrested men after 48 hours.
The brutal slaying of five men near the capital on April 12 raised ethnic tensions between Macedonians and the large Albanian minority after rumours spread that the killers were Albanians.
Police discovered the bodies of Filip Slavkovski, Aleksandar Nakjevski, Cvetanco Acevski and Kire Trickovski, on the northern outskirts of the capital at a popular fishing destination.All the victims were aged between 18 and 20.
The body of 45-year-old Borce Stevkovski was a short distance away from the rest.
On Thursday police minister Gordana Jankulovska said that they had determined all the circumstances about the murders but would wait for the trial before revealing details.
Police photo of the two murder suspects who are still at largehttp://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-seeks-murder-suspects-trough-interpol
Killers, murders must be free: Albanian Cultur
Presheva, protest against arrests
Thousands of Albanians from the Presheva valley gathered to protest against the arrests undertaken by the Serbian Police.
“The propaganda in Belgrade is that every Albanian is a terrorist, hence we say that we are all terrorists”, declared one of the organizers.
The Serbian Police has arrested eight Albanians at the Presheva Valley, five of whom on war crime charges and three others of petty crimes. The Serbian Interior Minister, Ivica Dacic, warned that the arrested people are related with the 2001 war of the Liberation Army for Presheva, Medegia, and Bujanova (UCPMB).
Official Tirana reacted after the arrests at the Presheva Valley. The Albanian Foreign Ministry condemns the arrests:
“Returning the rhetoric and accusations during the campaign, for the so called war crimes in Kosovo, only for political benefits, damages the democratic standards and the inter-ethnic coexistence in the country”, the reaction says.
This Friday, the Prishtina government considered the arrests as something that damages peace and stability in the entire region.
Thousands of Albanian protesters against Serbian police
18 Jan 13
Macedonia Mass Murder Trial Witnesses ‘Saw Gunmen’
Witnesses in the politically-charged case known as ‘Monster’ recalled hearing late-night shooting but could not identify the defendants as the gunmen.
Sinisa Jakov Marusic
The lake near Skopje where the murder took place | Photo by: AP/Boris Grdanoski
The three fishermen who testified told the court hat they were near the murder site at the Smiljkovsko Lake on the night of April 12, 2012, when five people were killed.
They said they saw armed men approaching them.
“When it started to get dark, we headed home… A man appeared dressed in black, [wearing a] bullet vest and [holding] a gun in his hands. He asked us our names and told us to run or he would kill us,” Ahmet Bekir testified.
Another fisherman, Kemal Nesim told the court that while they were running, he heard gunshots coming from the lake.
The prosecution claims that the killings were a terrorist act intended to provoke ethnic turmoil and the case has raised tensions in the country.
So far, four of the six defendants, Agim Ismailovic, Fejzi Aziri, Rami Sejdi and Haki Aziri, have pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges.
They were held when police arrested 20 allegedly radical Muslims during an operationlast May in several villages around the capital.
The two other suspects, Alil Demiri and Afrim Ismailovic, remain at large.
When discovered, the bodies of Filip Slavkovski, Aleksandar Nakjevski, Cvetanco Acevski and Kire Trickovski, all aged between 18 and 20, were laid out in a line and appeared to have been executed.
The body of 44-year-old Borce Stevkovski was found a short distance from the others.
The fishermen said they saw other armed men at the site but failed to recognise any of the four defendants in the courtroom…….