Saturday, April 14, 2007

Defendants in Bacilo case sentenced to total of 44 years in jail

The Trial Chamber of the Skopje District Court 2, presided by the judge Liljana Ivanovska-Shopova, sentenced the 21 defendants in the Bacilo case to a total of 44 years.

The prime suspect, notary public Nikola Stojmenovic, received the severest sentence of 14 years imprisonment, while the shepherd Isnifaris Xhemaili got 4,5 years.

The lawyer Lence Dimcevska, ex-Deputy Economy Minister Sasha Andonovski, ex-Head of the Cadastre Office Emilija Aleksovska, the public notaries Gordana Rakocevic and Mihail Kosev and the pensioner Ordan Milanovski were all sentenced to three years in prison.

The veterinary Muamer Arifi and the police officer Dusan Stojanov will serve two years, while the car repairman Spase Dimov - 2,5 years.

Grozdana Manasijevska and Saso Slavkovic have been sentenced to 4 months and 13 days imprisonment.

Borka Spasojevic, Tomislav Trajkovski, Zoran Velkovski, Todora Milanovska, Svetlana Simonovska, Mirko Nikolov, Mile Naumcevski and Krste Ilovski received 1-year suspended sentence.

The court suspended the detention order to all defendants, except for the notary Stojmenovic.

The Court also ordered to the defendants to pay a total of 2 million euros as compensation to the state, as well as to return the entire land that was subject of the illegal restitution procedures.

Some of the defendants' lawyers announced to appeal the verdicts.

The court proceedings on the Bacilo case were completed in the all-time record short period in the history of the Macedonian judiciary.

Radoslav Smilcevski, former member of the government's commission for restitution procedures, is the only defendant who received an acquittal verdict.

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