BOSKOVSKI, TARCULOVSKI AWAIT ACQUITTAL
Minister of Finance Trajko Slaveski during Monday's meeting in the Scheveningen prison with Ljube Boskoski and Johan Tarculovski conveyed that the Macedonian Government kept on providing all forms of support for their acquittal i.e. to prove their innocence.
- I spent four hours with Boskoski and Tarculovski at separate meetings. Both of them anticipate the verdict, due to be brought in early July, to be an acquittal. They believe justice will prevail, not only because they plead innocent to the accusations, but also because it has been proved that they are not guilty during the trial, stated Slaveski for MIA.
He added that Boskoski and Tarculovski had been well-informed about the developments in Macedonia.
- Both of them were interested in the economic and political situation in Macedonia, but we spent most of the time talking about topic referring to everyday life, noted the Minister.
Minister Slaveski, who pays a visit to the Netherlands where he took part at the Dutch constituency meeting of the World Bank and IMF, also met Monday with Edina Rasidovic, Boskovski's lawyer.
Boskovski and Tarculovsk in Scheveningen are awaiting verdict, which is expected to be brought in July by the Judiciary Council of the Hague Tribunal regarding the Ljuboten case stemming from 2001.
The trial began on April 16 2007, while it ended in May 2008. Boskoski and Tarculovski before the court pleaded innocent on all accounts of the accusation. A total of 64 prosecution and defense witnesses took stand during the trial, whereas about 1,200 exhibits were presented.
The defense asked for acquittal in its closing remarks, opposite the prosecution which urged prison sentences for Boskoski and Tarculovski - 12 and 15 years respectively.
The Judiciary Council is expected to reach a verdict within three months since the closing remarks