Veljanoski summoned over ‘April 27’ case

Former Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski was summoned Tuesday at the public prosecutor’s office for organized crime and corruption to review evidence in the ‘April 27’ case, stated the prosecutor’s office.

Exiting the prosecution’s offices, Veljanoski briefly spoke to members of the media saying he had been summoned by the prosecution. He fell short of providing any more details.

Trajko Veljanoski is charged with being one of the organizers of the storming of Parliament on 27 April 2017 alongside ex-PM Nikola Gruevski, ex-minister Mile Janakieski, ex-minister Spiro Ristovski and Nikola Boshkovski, former secret police officer. They are charged with ‘terrorist endangerment of the constitutional order and security.’

The court demanded he was put in detention, however, after a series of procedural remarks, MPs had failed to vote in favor of stripping Veljanoski off his parliamentary immunity.

Last month, 16 men were sentenced to 211 years in prison for their involvement in the 2017 Parliament storming. Ex-interior minister Mitko Chavkov was handed down the longest prison sentence – 18 years.

Several convicts in the ‘April 27’ case have sent requests to the President Gjorge Ivanov’s office to be pardoned. There has been no answer yet from his office.

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