Tetovo District Court pronounced prison sentences and several-year ban from entering the country to four-member criminal group from Kosovo.
In October and November 2006, the four convicts had been breaking into and looting a number of apartments in Tetovo, Makfax's correspondent reported.
The Court found the prime suspect, Bashkim Mehanoli, 25, from Pristina, guilty of two burglaries and two attempts of burglary, sentencing him to 4 years in prison, in addition to 8-year ban from entering in Macedonia.
Mehanoli's co-defendants, Arton Rahimi, b.1983, Xhebet Cacici, b.1976, and Besim Blaqori, b.1974, all from Podujevo, Kosovo, have been found guilty for attempted robbery, while the latter two received additional sentences for counterfeiting passports.
All three co-defendants are banned from entering Macedonia in the next 5 years. Rahimi got 4 months in jail, and Cacici and Blaqori 1 year each.
Rahimi is the only one entitled to defend himself while free until the verdict comes into force, whereas the other three remain in temporary custody.