Janakieski and Bozinovski to stay in jail

The former Transport Minister Mile Janakieski and the Former Secretary General Kiril Bozinovski of the government will remain in jail, the court has decided.

“After the public session held on 26 November 2018, a council of judges at the Appellate Court in Skopje on 27 November 2018 reached decisions dismissing the appeals of the defendants Mile Janakieski and Kiril Bozinovski as being groundless and upheld the decision of the Criminal Court in Skopje ordering 30-day detention,” the Appellate Court said Tuesday in a statement.

On Monday, Janakieski and Bozinovski, speaking before judges of the Appellate Court, requested that they should be released from detention.

The ex-government official told judges that he had no intention to escape saying he had been abiding by the precaution measures, ordered by a court, for 17 months. According to the former minister, the institutions when ordering the detention measure had broken laws and human rights conventions. Also, Janakieski said that the special prosecutors should have double checked with the President’s Office and watched footage from surveillance cameras from the President’s residence.