Tag: mijalkov
Macedonia 04.03.21 | 20:34

“Have you lost your minds?”: Shunned SDSM official rebukes her party for embracing Saso Mijalkov, Nikola Todorov

SDSM party official Frosina Remenski, who was the party’s designated “fall girl” in the Racket scandal, called on her fellow party members to tone down their sudden infatuation with former VMRO-DPMNE party officials such as Saso Mijalkov and Nikola Todorov. The two were for a long time...

Macedonia 27.02.21 | 18:26

Mijalkov is kept alone in a cell, under an increased security protocol

Filip Andonov, warden of the Sutka prison, informed the public that the former state security chief Saso Mijalkov has been placed alone in a cell, in line with the existing coronavirus protocols. Mijalkov was ordered into 60 days detention after he was sentenced to 12 years in prison in the first instance...

Macedonia 27.02.21 | 10:19

VMRO-DPMNE: Is Zaev’s new deal with Mijalkov to release him after 60 days?

Former state security chief Saso Mijalkov was given 60 days of detention yesterday, after his escape to Serbia over the weekend and the subsequent return to Macedonia. What just happened!? But the very fact that he was allowed to escape, and his extensive ties with the Zaev regime and continued usefulness,...

Macedonia 26.02.21 | 15:52

The court will re-examine Mijalkov’s detention order in 60 days

After the sentencing of former secret police chief Saso Mijalkov, judge Dzeneta Begovic decided that his detention can be re-examined in two months. Mijalkov will now spend at least 60 days in the Sutka prison. His escape to Serbia over the weekend greatly contributed to the detention order. Mijalkov...

Macedonia 26.02.21 | 12:53

Mijalkov escorted into prison

The court quickly approved the prosection’s request that former secret police chief Saso Mijalkov is detained after his sentencing to 12 years in prison. Instead of into house arrest, Mijalkov was escorted to the Sutka prison near Skopje. Mijalkov’s escape into Serbia over the weekend likely...

Macedonia 26.02.21 | 12:41

VMRO and SDSM in a dispute over who owns Mijalkov now

The two main Macedonian parties, VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM, exchanged accusations yesterday and today over their “ownership” of former secret police chief Saso Mijalkov and his escapades. Mijalkov rose thorugh VMRO, the son of Macedonia’s first Interior Minister Jordan Mijalkov, who died...

Macedonia 26.02.21 | 12:14

Prosecution demands that Mijalkov is sent into detention

The prosecution asked that Saso Mijalkov is ordered from house arrest into detention, after he was given a 12 years prison sentence today. Mijalkov fled the country briefly over the weekend, in an apparent deal with the Zaev regime, but returned under international pressure. The prosecution did not cite...

Macedonia 26.02.21 | 11:47

12 years in prison for Saso Mijalkov, 4 for Gordana Jankuloska

Former UBK security service director Saso Mijalkov was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 2015 wiretapping scandal, and former Inteiror Minister Gordana Jankuloska was given four years in prison. Mijalkov received a near maximum sentence after his escape attempt this weekend, during which he reportedly...

Macedonia 26.02.21 | 10:54

Mijalkov arrived in the Skopje courthouse

Saso Mijalkov, Gordana Jankuloska and other defendants arrived in the Skopje courthouse, where sentencing is due in the 2015 wiretapping scandal. Mijalkov in the dock as the court will reach its verdict in the 2015 wiretapping scandal The sentencing was preceded by Mijalkov’s escape attempt,...

Macedonia 26.02.21 | 09:32

Mickoski: Mijalkov fled to Belgrade, but had to return after pressure was put on Zaev

Saso Mijalkov was allowed to flee Macedonia and he got to Belgrade, only to be forced to return under pressure, said VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski in a radio interview. He referred to the scandalous events of the past few days as a circus organized by the Zaev regime and Mijalkov, which deeply...

Macedonia 26.02.21 | 09:15

Mijalkov in the dock as the court will reach its verdict in the 2015 wiretapping scandal

The Skopje court is due to reach a verdict in the first instance in the massive 2015 wiretapping scandal. Defendants are Saso Mijalkov, former head of the UBK security service, former Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska and a number of UBK and Interior Ministry officials. Mijalkov tried to flee the...

Macedonia 25.02.21 | 16:06

The Mijalkov sentencing will be the last big trial for judge Bektovic

Judge Dzanida Bektovic, who is on the council in the wiretapping case against Saso Mijalkov that is due to be sentenced tomorrow, has in the meantime been demoted and no longer tries organized crime cases, says journalist Sase Dimovski. According to Dimovski, “this will be the last big case for...

Macedonia 25.02.21 | 16:00

Taravari: Ridiculous theater from the Zaev – Mijalkov duo

Arben Taravari from the Alliance of Albanians dismissed the events of the past few days as ridiculous theater show put on by Zoran Zaev and Saso Mijalkov. The former security chief briefly fled the country as he faces sentencing tomorrow, only to return two days later. Zaev insisted that he did not signal...

Macedonia 25.02.21 | 09:23

Sela: Somebody more powerful than Zaev instructed Mijalkov to return

Alliance of Albanians leader Ziadin Sela believes that Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had an agreement with former security chief Saso Mijalkov and allowed him to flee Macedonia, but that the deal was obstructed by somebody higher up than Zaev. The dramatic escape and subsequent return of Mijalkov caused...

Macedonia 24.02.21 | 16:05

Sela: A Bollywood show directed by Zaev and Mijalkov, just like the April 2017 incident

Ziadin Sela, leader of the Alliance of Albanians, dismissed the crisis over the past few days with the escape and return of Saso Mijalkov, as “Bollywood drama” directed by Mijalkov and Zoran Zaev. This was theater. Ridiculous scenarios. The most shocking part is that he was eventually given...

Macedonia 24.02.21 | 15:50

Next act in the Mijalkov – Zaev drama – the sentencing on Friday

With Saso Mijalkov’s return to Macedonia and into house arrest, the next event in the saga is expected on Friday, when the Skopje court will render a verdict in the first instance. Mijalkov is accused of ordering massive abuse of the wiretapping system operated by the UBK security service which...

Macedonia 24.02.21 | 14:00

MKD: Mijalkov made it to Belgrade while negotiating a deal with Zaev, an embassy got involved

The MKD.mk news site reports that Saso Mijalkov actually fled Macedonia on Sunday and made it to Belgrade, while negotiating his return with Zoran Zaev. The scandalous escape of the former security chief ended on Tuesday, when Mijalkov walked into the office of state prosecutors in Skopje, ending the...

Macedonia 24.02.21 | 13:52

UK Ambassador Galloway calls for better implementation of the existing laws, in light of the Mijalkov scandal

British Ambassador Rachel Galloway said that the laws in Macedonia are good, but that the country needs to show better implementation to reassure citizens in the rule of law. Galloway was asked about the scandal involving former security chief Saso Mijalkov, who fled the police on Sunday, before reappearing...

Macedonia 24.02.21 | 12:24

What just happened!?

Macedonians have been accustomed to crazy twists and turns in the political scene and serious security crises but even by the standards of the past six years, the past three days were a bit too much. Some chaos was anticipated as it became clear that the court will make a ruling in the large Target wiretapping...

Macedonia 23.02.21 | 15:30

Interior Minister Spasovski refuses to resign

Zaev’s Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski announced that he has no intention to resign after the spectacular escape of Saso Mijalkov. In a press conference that is still on-going, Spasovski rejected question after question from media outlets with the same message – how is it possible that...

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