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"Monster" hearing in Criminal Court

"Monster" hearing in Criminal Court

Skopje, 17 April 2018 (MIA) - Hearing in case codenamed "Monster" over the 2012 multiple killings near lake Smilkovci in Skopje is to be held in the Criminal Court on Tuesday.

The Special Public Prosecution (SPO) has established subject matter jurisdiction over the case, which retrial kicked off in February with a public prosecutor reading the indictment. The prosecutor Naum Panovski said the prosecuting party would stick to the initial indictment under which the accused are charged with terrorism, while defense lawyer Naser Raufi said he believed the process would be transparent and fair.

The massacre nearby lake Smilkovci took place on 12 April 2012, on the eve of Orthodox Easter. Four teenagers were killed, Kire Trickovski, Filip Slavkovski, Cvetanco Ackovski, Aleksanar Nakjevski, and the fisherman Borce Stefanovski.

Alil Demiri, Afrim and Agim Ismailovic and Ezim and Haki Aziri and Samil Ljuta were sentenced to life imprisonment for their involvement in the multiple murder. Two other men, Alil Demiri and Afrim Ismailovic, have been on the run for years in Kosovo. An international warrant for their arrest has been issued.

After rescinding the verdicts, the Supreme Court in December 2017 ordered the acquittal of Agim Ismailovic, Hakji Aziri, Samil Ljuta and Fejzi Aziri. Alil Demiri and Afrim Ismailovic are still at large. ik/09:38

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