Thursday, May 03, 2012

Macedonia Reveals Suspects in Lakeside Murder Case

Macedonian media have revealed the identity of the suspects for the brutal murder of five men that took place last month near Skopje.

27-year-old Alil Demir, 32-year-old Afrim Ismailovic and his brother, 33-year-old Agim Ismailovic are the alleged shooters, according to the Macedonian Utrinski vestnik daily.

54-year-old Fejzi Aziri and 24-year-old Rami Sejdu have allegedly transported the shooters to the crime scene and subsequently helped them to escape the country by entering Kosovo.

All five suspects face terrorism charges.

It is believed that the suspects are members of a criminal group that has committed various crimes, including terrorism, illegal manufacture, possession and trade of weapons and explosive materials, the Macedonian Information Agency has said.

On Tuesday, a total of twenty alleged radical Islamic militants were arrested over the murder of five  men in Macedonia on April 12, the worst case of mass murder in the tiny Balkan country since it gained independence 21 years ago.

The victims, all ethnic Macedonians, were found shot dead on April 12 near an artificial lake at Butel. Four were in their 20s, and the fifth was in his 40s. Media identified the dead as Filip Slavkovski, Aleksandar Nakjevski, Tsvetanco Atsevski, Kire Trickovski and Borce Stefanovski.

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