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Court hearings of MPs end, judges deliberating detention orders


Judges at a court in Skopje have completed the hearings of six VMRO-DPMNE MPs, suspected of being involved in the violent events of 27 April 2017 in Parliament.

The MPs include Johan Tarculovski, Zaklina Pesevska, Krsto Mukoski, Ljupco Dimovski, Ljupco Arnaudov and Saso Vasilevski.

Under the law, once hearings are over, pre-trial judges are obligated in the next six hours to reach a decision on ordering detentions.

The MPs were being questioned for several hours since Tuesday morning. They arrived in court separately.

Only MP Mukoski spoke briefly to members of the media saying that ‘legally speaking’ there were no arguments allowing for detentions to be ordered. “However, I leave it to the Criminal Court to decide as I have trust in it,” he stated.

The six MPs outside the court were greeted by other VMRO-DPMNE deputies as a sign of support.

36 people, including the six MPs, are suspected of ‘terrorist endangerment of the constitutional order and security’ in connection to the April 27 incidents in Parliament.

On Friday, Parliament stripped the six MPs of their immunity. The Parliament notified the Criminal Court on Monday after which the request was submitted to the competent judges for preliminary procedure.

Photo: MIA