Skopje: 25 years in prison for those accused of the April 27, 2017 attack on parliament – Latest News
July 26, 2021 – 17:24
The Judicial Council of the Basic Criminal Court in Skopje found the accused guilty in the “Organizers of April 27” case and sentenced them to a total of 25 years in prison.
The trial panel concluded that those accused of the crime of “terrorist endangerment of the constitutional order and security of the country” are guilty of organizing the events on April 27, 2017. It is about the former Speaker of Parliament Trajko Veljanoski, former Minister of Transport Mile Janakieski, former Minister of Education and Science Spiro Ristovski and former director of the DSK secret police, Vladimir Atanasovski.
25 years in prison for the accused
The attack on the Assembly and the beating of MPs and journalists by the protesters of the “For a Common Macedonia” initiative took place on April 27, 2017, after an Albanian, namely Talat Xhaferi, was elected Speaker of the Assembly by the parliamentary majority. According to the Prosecution for Organized Crime and Corruption, the defendants knew exactly what they were doing and caused unrest with the sole purpose of preventing the formation of the government by the parliamentary majority already secured, reports Deutsche Welle.
Former Speaker of Parliament Trajko Veljanovski sentenced to 6 years and 6 months, former Minister of Transport Mile Janakievski to 6 years and 3 months, former Minister of Education Spiro Ristovski to 6 years and 5 months and former director of the secret police with 6 years in prison. Former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and former intelligence officer Nikola Boskovski were also involved in the investigation, but the proceedings against them have been suspended until they become accessible to prosecutors.
The defendants received lower sentences for the offense for which they were charged, because during the trial they cooperated with the investigative bodies.
Trpkov: The violence of April 27 has nothing to do with democracy
Judge Ilija Trpkov during the sentencing said that the attack and violence that occurred on April 27, 2017 in the Assembly of Northern Macedonia has nothing to do with democracy and patriotism.
“The state is defended with heart, mind and right strategies. “If for any decision with which we do not agree, we enter by force in court, assembly or any state institution, then we can not have the rule of law”, said Judge Trpkov.
The prosecution has requested that the house arrest be terminated for the convicts and that they be sent urgently to serve their sentences.
In the trial “April 27” were charged a total of 33 people, of which 5 deputies. The convicts are a total of 16 people, while others have escaped punishment thanks to the law on amnesty, adopted in 2018.