Dobrila Kacarska, a judge closely associated with the Zaev regime, recused herself from the expanded trial of the April 2017 incident in the Parliament.
Kacarska was selected to lead the original trial, which ended in lengthy prison sentences for 16 political prisoners. She opposed the selective amnesty which the Zaev regime used to blackmail several opposition members of Parliament who were charged in the case, to vote in favor of renaming Macedonia. Meanwhile, the case was broadened to include former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, former Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski and several other opposition officials.
The electronic system which is supposed to randomly distribute cases among judges again picked Kacarska, but she cited conflict of interest because she already prepared an evaluation of the prosecutor’s case. The case was since re-assigned to judge Goran Bosevski.