42 amnesty requests so far filed to the court, one defendant gives up his right to amnesty

Forty-two defendants in several cases related to the April 27 incidents have filed amnesty requests so far to the Criminal Court in Skopje. One defendant said he wouldn’t ask for amnesty.

The five-day deadline for their submission expires on Tuesday.

The applicants can file the requests in person and by post. The court and the public prosecutor’s office have five days to decide who is eligible for pardoning.

The Parliament endorsed the amnesty law regarding the Parliament events on 27 April 2017 last Tuesday. President Gjorge Ivanov signed the law two days later, followed by its publishing in the Official Gazette.

According to the law, the amnesty shall not encompass the organizers of the Parliament’s storming, assailants and those carrying weapons and explosive devices, as well as officials who overstepped their competences.

Thirty-three persons are currently indicted in the case, of whom 31 for terrorism endangerment of the country’s constitutional order and two for aiding and abetting.