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Macedonia 05.05.22 | 12:29

Prosecutors investigating Interior Ministry officials who failed to close down the garage that inspected the Besa Trans bus

Prosecutor Vilma Ruskoska is reportedly investigating the failure of the Interior Ministry to close down a garage that inspected the ill-fated Besa Trans bus. The Via Komerc garage near Skopje did the routine check-ups of the vehicles operated by Besa Trans, but was supposed to be closed down. Several...

Macedonia 01.05.22 | 19:50

Five months after the Besa bus disaster, no criminal action has been taken

Five months after the devastating bus crash in Bulgaria, in which 45 people lost their lives, these has still been no accountability. Even after it was determined that the Besa Trans company was using the ill fated bus without a passenger permit for the entire 2021, state prosecutors say that they are...

Macedonia 31.03.22 | 19:52

BESA: Under DUI party rule we are witnessing an exodus of Albanians from Macedonia

Arianit Hoxha from the BESA party points to the results from the 2021 census as evidence that ethnic Albanians continue to emigrate out of Macedonia in large numbers – which he blames on the co-ruling DUI party. Our analysis of the data led us to several points we want to share with the public....

Macedonia 05.03.22 | 20:39

Bilal Kasami re-elected as leader of the BESA party

The BESA party re-elected Bilal Kasami as its leader, and appointed its Secretary Arianit Hoxha as Kasami’s Vice President. The party did well in the local elections, winning the biggest majority Albanian city in Macedonia – Tetovo – where Kasami beat incumbent Mayor Teuta Arifi. It...

Macedonia 16.02.22 | 15:44

Kovacevski urges Besa to act as an opposition party in Parliament

Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski urges Besa MPs to act as an opposition in the Parliament and to unblock the work of the Parliament committees by accepting the distribution of seats in the committees in accordance with the government majority. I urge the Parliament and the political parties in the Parliament...

Macedonia 07.02.22 | 09:41

Bulgarian investigators see no reason to file charges over the Besa bus disaster

Bulgarian investigators say that there is no reason to push criminal charges over the Besa Trans bus disaster in November. They say that the accident which killed 46 people is due to a driver error and that the bus was not carrying additional flammable liquids as was speculated. The bus was going 108...

Macedonia 19.01.22 | 16:55

Besa bus disaster: Bulgarian prosecutors have completed their investigation

Bulgarian prosecutors completed their investigation in the disastrous Besa Trans bus disaster that occurred in late November, and killed 46 people. Prosecutor Sijka Mileva said that the have a very large amount of evidence that will help determine the truth. Earlier in the investigation Bulgarian authorities...

Macedonia 12.01.22 | 13:22

50 days after the bus disaster, “Besa Trans” finally lost its license

Full 50 days after the “Besa Trans” bus disaster, the license of the company is finally being revoked. 45 people were killed when the bus taking mostly Macedonian citizens back from Istanbul crashed south of Sofia, in Bulgaria. The license of the company was quickly suspended, but it required...

Macedonia 24.12.21 | 21:26

Bulgarian authorities restore normal traffic at the site of the Besa bus disaster

A month after the deadly Besa bus disaster, Bulgarian authorities have fully normalized traffic on the section of the Struma highway. The protective fencing at the site of the disaster where 45 passengers and drivers were killed has now been replaced. A memorial wreath is laid at the site. The bus, carrying...

Macedonia 15.12.21 | 19:42

BESA demands early elections as soon as possible

The Secretary of the BESA Movement, Adnan Azizi, calling for holding early parliamentary elections in a Facebook post, after yesterday the EU General Affairs Council did not approve the start of negotiations for the country’s membership in the Union. He pointed out that “the government has...

Macedonia 15.12.21 | 10:01

BESA party calls for early elections after the latest veto Macedonia received at the European Council

Following the latest veto Macedonia received at the European Council, where Bulgaria blocked the opening of EU accession talks again, the BESA party sent out a call for early elections. The BESA Secretary General Adnan Azizi said that the SDSM – DUI led Government is failing at its key mission. They...

Macedonia 14.12.21 | 12:59

Investigation into the Besa bus disaster is almost complete

Bulgarian official Borislav Sarafov said that the investigation into the deadly Besa bus disaster that happened three weeks ago is almost finished. The officials are still waiting for several forensics reports to be completed, including the crucial report from fire experts. 43 passengers and two drivers...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 22:23

BESA is officially out of the Government

The BESA party is formally out of Zaev’s coalition. Today the Parliament voted to remove Arjanit Hoxha as Agriculture Minister and two other BESA officials, Arafat Shabani and Sedat Sulejmani, as deputy ministers for education and culture. BESA joined SDSM in a pre-election coalition in 2020, and...

Macedonia 07.12.21 | 20:44

Inspectors unable to enter the Besa bus company

Agents from the state transport inspection service are unable to conduct new investigations in the Besa Trans company in Skopje, whose bus crashed in Bulgaria two weeks ago with the loss of 45 lives. According to inspection director Rufat Huseini, the owner of the company could not be reached, and its...

Macedonia 06.12.21 | 17:49

The Besa company was using drivers from the Skopje public bus company for its tours to Istanbul

As Macedonia still awaits word from the Bulgarian investigators about what caused the disastrous bus crash on November 23rd that killed 45 people, Macedonian investigators have show that the Besa bus company was using drivers who worked with the Skopje JSP public bus company. The company had a convoy...

Macedonia 03.12.21 | 14:06

Arrival ceremony for the bodies of the Besa bus disaster

Top Government officials, including Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, President Stevo Pendarovski and Speaker Talat Xhaferi were gathered at the Skopje airport today for the arrival ceremony of the bodies of the 45 Besa bus disasters. The bodies were flown in from Bulgaria in two military transport planes,...

Macedonia 03.12.21 | 13:43

Bodies of the Besa bus disaster victims returned to Macedonia, Government official criticized after trying to make a spectacle out of it

Government leaders, including Zoran Zaev, Stevo Pendrovski and many ministers attended the ceremony at the Skopje airport today when the bodies of the 45 victims of the Besa bus disaster were repatriated from Bulgaria. In two military transport plane, the bodies were carried from Sofia, after they were...

Macedonia 02.12.21 | 09:51

Bodies of the victims of the Besa bus disaster will be returned tomorrow on a Bulgarian military transport

The Bulgarian Government will use a military plane to carry the bodies of the 45 passengers who died in the Besa bus disaster last Tuesday back to Macedonia. The flight is planned for tomorrow, and it is being organized after all the bodies were identified using DNA samples provided by family members. Previously,...

Macedonia 01.12.21 | 12:32

Besa bus disaster: Minister Komitova says that a fuel leak and smoke were noticed before the crash

Bulgarian Regional Development Minister Violeta Komitova said that there was a likely leak of fuel and smoke from the Besa bus 300 meters ahead of the site of the disaster, where the bus burnt down with the loss of 45 lives. Komitova insists that the state of the road is the main problem – the...

Macedonia 30.11.21 | 15:45

Besa bus disaster: The investigation in Bulgaria still hasn’t determined the exact cause of the fire

Bulgarian Regional Development Minister Violeta Komitova said that the investigators still haven’t determined the exact cause of the fire that engulfed the Besa bus that crashed a week ago, with the loss of 45 lives. The accident happened on the Sofia – Dupnica highway, and Komitova confirmed...

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