MP Tarculovski: Adoption of the Amnesty law first, then I will take it under consideration

Johan Tarculovski, who is one of the accused MPs for the April 27 events, says it is still too early to say whether he will seek amnesty in accordance with today’s draft text in the parliament for selective amnesty. According to the draft law, there will be no amnesty for the organizers and the perpetrators, while the other involved could be released, but they will have to ask for it themselves.

“At this point, it is frivolous to comment on an issue that is still in procedure, drafts, proposals etc. Let them adopt he law first, then we will sit down and see what we will do,” Tarculovski told Nezavisen Vesnik.

Tarculovski’s political career began after the independence of the Republic of Macedonia in 1991 and was one of the early members of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity. In 1993, he was named president of the Cair Municipality Youth Force Union.

With the victory of VMRO-DPMNE in the 1998 elections, Tarculovski joined the security crew for the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia Ljubco Georgievski. In 1999, he was appointed as bodyguard of the President of Macedonia. He remained as his bodyguard until Trajkovski’s death in a plane crash.

In 2001, he participated in the Macedonian-Albanian Conflict. The events of the war had severe consequences for Tarculovski. He was brought before the international court in Hague, convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He stayed in jail from 21 March 2005 to 11 April 2013, when he was released from a German prison. Tarculovski was convicted and sentenced by the Hague prosecution for war crimes on 12 August 2001 in Ljuboten.