Conviction of six Albanians with life sentences increases tensions in FYROM

Conviction of six Albanians with life sentences increases tensions in FYROM

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, July 3, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The conviction of six Albanians with life sentences under the charge of murdering five Macedonians near a lake in the suburb of Skopje on April 12, 2012, has increased tensions in FYR Macedonia.

The Ministry of Interior has increased security measures, ahead of a protest which has been warned for tomorrow (Friday) in Skopje, following Friday’s prayer. The protest has been called by family members of the defendants and also activists for human rights and associations against what they claim to be an unfair conviction of the six Albanians.

“A protest against orchestrated trials, injustice, innocent killings, mistreatments, ethnic hatred and religious hatred”, reads the invitation for the protest, which is expected to start from the Mosque of Jasha Pashe.

Defense lawyers, experts of legal issues and different associations have said that the court ruling is unfair, because it has not been based on evidence and strong facts, but in suspicious proof.

Expert of legal issues, Jeton Shasivari told IBNA that the entire process has the elements of a classic orchestrated trial.

“Since the very beginning, the ground was prepared for these Albanians to be convicted for this. This decision should have been used by the state, for supposedly capturing the authors of the crime. In my opinion, only an international trial would shed light on the evidence, the authorship and motive of this crime”, declared Jeton Shasivari, professor at the Southeastern European University in Tetovo.

“Wake up” movement has reacted by demanding proof based on which the six men were given life sentences. This movement demands international expertise for this outrageous trial.

“This trial was sealed since the very beginning when the suspects were announced terrorists before the investigation even started. The stigmatization of the suspects continued with the word of the notorious investigator, Geshkovska, who in an outrageous way demanded capital sentencing, justifying this demand with lies against the suspects and Albanian people. The ‘independent courts’ finalized this scenario”, said “Wake up” movement.

Albanian party, which is part of the government coalition, BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) said that it will do everything it can for justice to be made.

“BDI is engaged in order for justice to be made. We have demanded from the courts of the country to base their verdicts on arguments”, declared for IBNA, the vice chairman of BDI, Rafis Aliti, who was elected vice speaker of parliament.

The killing of five Macedonians took place on April 12, 2012, a few days after Orthodox Easter. But on May 1 of that year, police carried out “Monstra” operation, where it arrested tens of Albanians from Skopje and among them were the six Albanians given life sentences, who were accused of terrorism. They are Alil Demiri, brothers Afrim and Agim Ismailovic, Fejzi Aziri, Rami Sejdini, Haki Haziri and Sami Luta. Only one of them, Rami Sejdini was acquitted. /ibna/