site.btaCourt Case against Bulgarian Culture Club Chair Georgievski in Bitola Continues with Hearing of Person Convicted of Club's Arson
The court case against the chairman of the defunct Ivan Mihailov Bulgarian Cultural Centre in Bitola, Lyupcho Georgievski, continued here on Monday with the questioning of the prosecution's witness Lambe Alabakovski.
At the start of the hearing, Georgievski said that he does not feel guilty. He is accused of distributing racist and xenophobic materials via electronic means, of hate speech, and of offending the Jews' feelings by opening his club on a street where Jewish homes are located.
Alabakovski, who was convicted of setting the club's front door on fire, told the court that he does not believe there should be a club named after a fascist "in Macedonia's heart, Bitola". Alabakovski was taking a question by the prosecution about his reasons for the arson. Asked by Georgievski's lawyer whether he is proud of setting the club on fire, Alabakovski refused to reply. He also turned down a question about whether he hates the club.
According to Georgievski's lawyer Nasser Raufi, the inclusion of Alabakovski as a witness in the case aims to rehabilitate him in some way for the arson.
Due to the absence of the prosecution's witness Goran Sadikario, Director of the Holocaust Museum in Skopje, the next court hearing will be held on December 18. The defence's witnesses will be heard then.