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VMRO-DPMNE MP Gjorcev testifies in attempted murder trial

VMRO-DPMNE MP Vlatko Gjorcev was called to testify in a Skopje court Tuesday by the defense lawyers in a hearing involving the attempted murder of MP Zijadin Sela during the violent storming of Parliament on 27 April 2017.

Gjorcev told the court that when he came into the Parliament’s press center he saw the MPs bleeding after being attacked by an angry mob of protesters. “Right there and then I decided that I should defend them by standing in front of them with my arms spread wide.”

In the press center, he said, I saw (MP) Sela in the corner with the other MPs. I don’t know what happened to him, but I think it was him lying on the floor minutes later.

Gjorcev told the court that after he had evacuated the MPs attacked by the defendants into his office he heard that Sela was badly injured. “I found Sela in an office on the third floor. He was barely speaking,” the opposition lawmaker testified adding that he had written Sela’s blood type with a pen on his sweatshirt to help the doctors save his life.

MP Sela was evacuated out of the Parliament’s building through its parking lot.

10 men are standing trial for attempted murder of MP Zijadin Sela on 27 April 2017. They pleaded not guilty.