Person Suspected of Extorting 180,000 Euros from Businessperson Detained

A person has been suspected of impersonating as an Agency for National Security employee and managing to extort 180,000 euros from a company manager.

The company manager, aged 54, would give the person three cars, two mobile phones, gold rings, and other jewellery, for the death threats against him and his family to stop.

On 5 April, however, police caught the person with marked 500 euros, given to him by the manager upon a previous deal with the police.

“Were these 180,000 euros, extorted from a Skopje businessperson, supposed to end up with Eisen, for his engagement by SDS[M]?  It is not common sense for some business man to give 180,000 euros to some extortionist without knowing that person’s background,” VMRO-DPMNE said on Sunday.

SDSM leader Dimitar Kovacevski didn’t say specifically whether he knew who it was about. However, he responded to VMRO-DPMNE’s accusations by saying it was the job of the Prosecutor’s Office to check documents claiming that the opposition’s election campaign was illegal.