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Another defendant receives suspended sentence regarding 2013 violent protests in Skopje municipality

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Yet another defendant charged for his involvement in the 2013 violent protests outside the building of the Centar Municipality – a case investigated by the Special Public Prosecution (SPO) – on Thursday received a six-month suspended sentence.

Jordan Ristovski, former VMRO-DPMNE municipal councilor, yesterday at a court hearing voluntarily pleaded guilty to being involved in the protests.

“After deep consideration of the crimes I am accused of, I would like to plead guilty and I am deeply remorseful,” Ristovski said in the courtroom.

Last week, defendant Tomislav Lazarov was also handed down a six-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to being involved, MIA has reported.

VMRO-DPMNE leader and former premier Nikola Gruevski is also indicted in the case commonly referred to as ‘Violence in Centar’ alongside former transport minister Mile Janakieski and MP Daniela Rangelova.