North Macedonia: 16 jailed for parliament attack

A court in North Macedonia has sentenced 16 people, including a former interior minister, from 7 to 18 years in prison for their role in a violent intrusion in parliament at the height of a political crisis in 2017.

In one of the largest trials since the country’s independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991, the court sentenced former interior minister Mitko Cavkov to 18 years in prison after finding him guilty of charges of endangering the constitutional order and security.

Fifteen others received sentences between seven and 15 years for similar offences, while one defendant was acquitted.

More than a 100 people, including lawmakers and journalists, were injured in the April 2017 incident when an angry mob stormed parliament and tried to block the election of a new speaker.

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