The Macedonian Tendency: Not Macedonia's Finest Hour

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Not Macedonia's Finest Hour

This whole episode regarding the killing of the Pakistanis smells. The actual killings do no seem to be justified, but the trial seems to be just as bad. The Hague is also a joke!

The article is good article.

Transitions Online: Crimes and Misdemeanors: "Crimes and Misdemeanors

by Biljana Stavrova and Robert Alagjozovski

20 May 2005

A spectacular acquittal may have implications for ongoing war-crimes prosecutions in Macedonia and The Hague.

SKOPJE, Macedonia | The case of former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boskovski, on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague (ICTY), continues to affect the country’s politics. Now, with an aid concert planned for June, it promises to become a pop-culture event as well.

Boskovski and police officer Johan Tarculovski, who was a member of the late president Boris Trajkovski's security detail, have been charged with atrocities during an operation in the mainly ethnic-Albanian village of Ljuboten in August 2001, at the height of a brief armed conflict between an ethnic-Albanian guerilla and state security forces.

Boskovski was extradited to The Hague from Croatia in 2004. He holds dual Croatian-Macedonian citizenship and had sought refuge in Croatia, fearing prosecution in Macedonia.

Now, Ace Angelovski, owner of the record label Ace Senator Records, specializing in Macedonian turbo-folk, has announced a big concert to collect money to pay for the defense of Tarculovski and Boskovski. Angelovski has said the most famous Macedonian folk and pop singers will take part, as will some prominent names from other Balkan countries. "

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