Twelve defendants in the April 27 case file amnesty requests

 Twelve defendants in the April 27 case have filed amnesty requests, said the Skopje-based Criminal Court.

The five-day deadline for the amnesty requests expires on Tuesday. The applicants can file the requests in person and by post. The court and the public prosecutor’s office then have another 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 fin the case, of whom 31 for terrorism endangerment of the country’s constitutional order and two for aiding and abetting.