Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Cocorovska-Poletan due to be extradited to Macedonia today

Stanislava Cocorovska-Poletan, wanted by the Macedonian Police for attempted drugs smuggling, is due to be delivered to Macedonian authorities today, after Serbia finally approved her extradition.

Cocorovska-Poletan is suspected of masterminding the transportation of large cocaine shipment that was seized at the Blace border-crossing last January.

A shipment of nearly half a tone of cocaine destined for Greece set out from Venezuela, passing through customs and border police authorities in Croatia, Montenegro and Kosovo before being uncovered by the Macedonian customs officials.

Macedonian Interior Ministry denied yesterday the information published by the Belgrade's daily Politika suggesting that Cocorovska-Poletan might be granted a status of a protected witness in exchange of information about the assassination attempt on the ex-Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov.

"There is no law that authorizes Police to offer a status of protected witness", the Ministry's spokesman Ivo Kotevski said.

He declined to comment the speculations on possible involvement of Cocorovska-Poletan in the assassination attempt or her ability to produce any relevant information.

According to Politika, Stanislava Cocorovska-Poletan reportedly had to offer reliable leads on the perpetrators of the attack and their motives as she herself was allegedly involved in the logistics of the entire operation.

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