Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Zaev wants an investigation into how the former head of counterintelligence escaped, he will look for those responsible


Former director of the Macedonian Security and Counterintelligence Directorate Sasho Miyalkov, who is the main suspect in the Target-Tvardina case, has fled and is hiding, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaev was officially quoted as saying by Makfax. He expressed disappointment that Sasho Miyalkov had not yet been found and placed under house arrest, a measure ordered by the court.

Zaev said he would seek responsibility from the institutions if Miyalkov was not found, but said he also expected an investigation into his disappearance and clarification of the case.

Channel 5 TV announced that a national search warrant had been issued for the former head of the Macedonian counterintelligence, and the police had asked the court to issue an international arrest warrant for Miyalkov, BNR reported.

Miyalkov is also accused of abuse of power and mass wiretapping and his sentence was expected to be announced on February 26.

The former director of the Macedonian Security and Counterintelligence Directorate was sentenced in July 2020 to three years in prison in the Titanic 2 case, which involved irregularities during the 2013 local elections, MIA reported. Miyalkov, 53, was head of the security service for almost a decade, until May 2015. Until recently, he was a member of the leadership of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE. He is a cousin of former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled to Hungary.

At the end of 2020, the Specialized Court ordered Miyalkov and four other convicts on the Titanic 2 to be released from prison and placed under house arrest.

Yesterday afternoon, the prosecutor’s office demanded a maximum sentence on the charges against Miyalkov. Three hours later, police were told they had to lock him up and keep him at home. However, Miyalkov was not found.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, compared Miyalkov’s disappearance to the escape in 2018 of his first cousin Nikola Gruevski, and vowed that those responsible for Miyalkov’s release would be held accountable.

According to the prosecution, this is a long-term campaign of mass wiretapping – from 2008 to 2015. Miyalkov headed counterintelligence from 2006 to 2015, when Gruevski was prime minister.

Gruevski himself disappeared in November 2018 after being sentenced to 2 years in prison for abuse of power. He later turned out to have fled through Albania, Montenegro and Serbia to Hungary, where he was granted asylum.

Today, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev denied that Sasho Miyalkov’s disappearance was the result of a political agreement. VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristian Mickowski demanded the government’s resignation.



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