Macedonian police have been looking for former Macedonian counterintelligence (UBK) director and Nikola Gruevski’s cousin Sasho Miyalkov since last night after a court placed him under house arrest over the weekend, Sloboden Pechat reported. For this reason, he was declared wanted nationwide.
The final verdict against Miyalkov in the Target-Tvardina case for mass illegal wiretapping in the country during Nikola Gruevski’s rule is also expected on February 26th. In this case, Miyalkov is accused of abuse of office and criminal association. He could receive an effective sentence of 13 years in prison. The request for the imposition of the new measure “house arrest” was to the prosecutor’s office.
The former director of counterintelligence was sought at the address he left in court to be served with his home address, but was not found there. The police searched for Miyalkov in Vodno, in the Kapishtets neighborhood, where he has an apartment, and in the Marriott Hotel, but in those hours before midnight the trail of the main accused in Target-Tvardina was lost, Sloboden Pechat writes. Intensified police control is carried out on almost all cars on the Skopje ring road, the newspaper writes. They massively checked cars leaving the city, including their trunks.
Almost the entire city is blocked by the police and they are trying to locate Miyalkov, A1on also reports.
The Tvardina Target case is for illegal wiretapping of politicians, members of their families, journalists, lawyers, prosecutors, mayors, one of the biggest wiretapping scandals in the country. The main question is not how the wiretapping was done, but who is behind the scandal. The mass illegal wiretapping is from 2008 to 2015. More than 20,000 people have been wiretapped.
Miyalkov, who testified in court last month, said he was not involved in the wiretapping scandal and the destruction of communications interception equipment. He said there were other eavesdropping systems in the country besides those of UBK. In 2014, an Israeli company reportedly incorporated equipment into his office and discovered that he had three other systems. Former Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska also denied responsibility, saying she did not know what she was signing when a commission was set up to destroy the wiretapping equipment.
Twelve people have been charged in the case, including former Security and Counterintelligence Director Sasho Miyalkov, former Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska and 10 others working in the secret police. Goran Gruevski and Nikola Boskoski cannot be tried after fleeing to Greece.
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