A dozen witnesses came forward and offered to testify about the deadly Tetovo hospital fire on September 8th, which killed 14 Covid patients and their family members.

We have people who were admitted to other parts of the hospital, and who were able to flee when the fire started to spread, come to us and offer to testify, said prosecutor Besir Aliu.

Prosecutors are still investigating the disaster, which occurred in a makeshift hospital container, made under a crony contract by a company owned by Zaev’s former Deputy Prime Minister Koco Angjusev. Zaev continues to shield his Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce from accountability for the disaster, which has only added to anger in Tetovo, where the families of those killed demand justice. Tetovo Mayor Teuta Arifi lost her seat in the local elections held in October, to a large extent due to the political fallout from the fire.