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Main hearing for SPO case over Centar municipality protests in February

Main hearing for SPO case over Centar municipality protests in February

Skopje, 16 December 2016 (MIA) - The main hearing in the case of the Special Prosecutor's Office (SPO) regarding the 2013 protests in front of the Centar municipality building has been scheduled for February.

At Friday's opening hearing in the Skopje-based Criminal Court, judge Tatjana Mihajlova rejected the SPO evidence from the wiretapped conversations, saying they were illegally obtained.

She also denied the SPO request for the testimony of a protected witness, saying such a witness was not relevant for this type of crime.

The defendants are scheduled to give their testimonies at the February hearing.

The indictment charges 14 individuals over organization of violent protests in front of Skopje's Centar municipality due to the announced challenging of the Detailed Urban Plan by the municipal council.

Former PM and VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski, former minister of transport and communications Mile Janakievski and MP Daniela Rangelova are among the defendants in the case. ik/15:47

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