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Boki13’s lawyer says his health is declining and requests his release from jail

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Lawyer is asking for Bojan Jovanovski alias Boki13 to be released from jail on grounds that his health has declined while behind bars. The lawyer, Dukovski, filed the motion in the District Court of Skopje on Thursday.

In a push for Jovanovski’s release, defense attorney claims he is not receiving adequate medical treatment and his health has deteriorated.

The lawyer, Dukovski, argues Boki13 should be freed from custody because of life-threatening illness with suspected fatal outcome. Dukovski presented to the court a pile of medical records signed by Dr. Zoran Spirovski of Thoracic Surgery Clinic suggesting that Boki13 must be hospitalized urgently.

“While in detention, Bojan Jovanovski underwent two unsuccessful surgeries and now he is encountering problems. My client must be admitted to hospital immediately. A fatal consequence can occur. Prof. Dr. Spirovski has made it clear that patient’s health had deteriorated. It is cheaper to be in hospital than to be rushed to hospital on daily basis. ”Dukovski said.

Jovanovski is currently being held at the Shuto Orizari detention facility in Skopje where he has been since his arrest in July. Allegedly embroiled in extortion ring, Jovanovski and his accomplice are said to have promised a local businessman to exert their influence to protect him from prosecution. Jovanovski relied on his friendship with the then-special prosecutor Katica Janeva.

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Arrest warrant issued for Spasov

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Former special police officer Igor Spasov, who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for murdering Martin Neskoski, is wanted on recall to prison after going missing.

Macedonian police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday after he failed to show up to begin his sentence. The arrest warrant has been published on the web-site of the Ministry of Interior.

The former member of special police force vanished after ignoring summons to serve time after he was sentenced in prison on murder charges.

The man had probably fled justice to avoid serving a 14-year jail sentence for a murder conviction. He was to report to Idrizovo correctional facility on 18 October.

The murder took place during a late-night celebration of VMRO-DPMNE’s victory in 2011 parliamentary elections.

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Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today

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The US Secretary of State’s Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, will visit North Macedonia on Tuesday.

Special Representative Palmer is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

The two are expected to discuss the bilateral relations between North Macedonia and the United States, including the US support for the country’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. They will exchange views on the situation in the country and the region.

In late August, the U.S. State Department appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer as special envoy for the Western Balkans with a mandate to help integrate the region into Western institutions.

US Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer  as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans.  In this role, Palmer will lead our efforts to strengthen U.S. diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions.

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Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron

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We can give arguments to reassure President Macron that “methodology prior to enlargement” proposal could be converted into “enlargement along with change in methodology”, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev wrote on his Facebook page, alluding to France’s Emmanuel Macron’s initiative for new enlargement methodology.

“We are not only a strategic interest, we are Europe. It means we will become a member of the European Union once we wrap up the comprehensive reform at home. The pre-accession process and closure of chapters will help us make it happen. The accession negotiations will help us wrap up domestic reform,” Zaev wrote on his Facebook page.

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