Thursday, May 03, 2012

Macedonian court orders 30-day detention for 5 suspects in fishermen killings

A court in Macedonia’s capital has issued 30-day detention orders for five men, including two who are still at large, suspected of killing five fishermen in April.

The fatal shooting of the fishermen near Skopje last month fueled tension in the Balkan country between ethnic Macedonians and the ethnic Albanian minority.

The Interior Ministry has issued an international arrest warrant for the two suspects still at large, identified as 32-year-old Afrim Ismailovic and 27-year-old Alil Demiri, both from Skopje.

The other three were among 20 people identified as radical Islamists arrested Tuesday in connection with the killings. All five have been charged with terrorism. Another four among the 20 were also remanded in custody for 30 days on weapons charges, while the rest were released.

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