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Interior Ministry says it is working to investigate breaking of Christian gravestones in Ljuboten

Interior Ministry says it is working to investigate breaking of Christian gravestones in Ljuboten

Skopje, 16 July 2017 (MIA) - The Interior Ministry informed on Saturday that it is working intensely to investigate the destruction of a number of gravestones at the Christian graveyards in the village of Ljuboten, north of Skopje.

The incident happened on Monday, when more than 30 graves were broken or overturned. Media outlets accused the Ministry of trying to cover up the incident for political reasons.

"The Ministry is working hard on the ground to collect evidence and analyze it, in order to identify the perpetrators and to file appropriate charges against them. The Ministry is working professionally, without any political influence and without populist or sensationalist motivations", the Interior Ministry informed. In the press release, the Ministry condemns the vandalism, but also calls on media outlets to refrain from publishing unsubstantiated reports.

Ljuboten and the near-by Ljubanci were the sites of clashes during the 2001 insurgency. After a mine attack killed 10 Macedonian soldiers, police officers were charged with killing 10 ethnic Albanian civilians in Ljuboten. Then Interior Minister Ljube Boskoski and police commander Johan Tarculovski were charged at the Hague Tribunal, with Boskoski being released for lack of evidence and Tarculovski serving eight years in detention in prison after being found guilty.cc/13:00

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