Ex-Minister Janakieski and seven Other issued 30-day detention Measure

Former Minister of Transport and Communications Mile Janakieski was issued on Friday a 30-day detention measure within the frameworks of the case concerning sale of state-owned land. Another seven suspects, including Ministry of Transport and Communications employee and VMRO-DPMNE Executive Committee member Dimitar Dimovski and Dejan Mitrevski, who heads the party’s Municipal Committee in Aeorodrom, were issued the same measure. For two persons, the Criminal Court issues measures of precaution. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, state-owned land was sold illegally, which caused damage to the Budget of 2.5 million euros. It’s about two parcels for a hotel complex next to the Vardar on the other side of Skopje’s City Park, as well as for a parcel for a hotel in the centre of the city, as well as for a location where the so-called Spanish Steps at Macedonia Squares were supposed to be built. VMRO-DPMNE accused the government of being vindictive. “Obviously, Zoran Zaev’s and the government’s goal is to suppress any criticism. However, they will not manage to do that,” Aleksandar Nikoloski, Vice President of the opposition party, said. On the other hand, SDSM said everyone was equal before the laws. According to former PM Nikola Gruevski, the arrests’ only goal is defocus from the government’s racketeering, crime, non-work and treasons. One of the 11 suspects in the case isn’t available to investigative organs.