site.btaChair of Ivan Mihaylov Culture Club in Bitola Accused under Prevention of Corruption Act
The Chairman of the Ivan Mihaylov Culture Club in Bitola, Lyupcho Georgievski, received a summons to appear in the court in Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia. The court obliged Georgievski to appear in person on April 4 or "be forcibly brought to court". The summons cites a violation of the the Prevention of Corruption and Conflict of Interest Act.
An invitation was also sent to the legal entity chaired by Georgievski, to appoint a representative of the Ivan Mihaylov Cultural Centre association in Bitola who will appear in court on the same day and time in connection with a violation under the same article of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
It is not clear what violation Georgievski is accused of, the specified article of the Prevention of Corruption Act refers to "protection of witnesses or associates of justice".
"For me, what is happening is a demonstration of complete hypocrisy on the part of the authorities in the Republic of North Macedonia. On the one hand, the club's management received an invitation to meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to reduce tensions. Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani spoke to me and claimed that he wanted to ease the tension, but on the other hand, this same country is using all possible tools for repression against us. This is complete absurdity and hypocrisy. But, unfortunately, this is the reality faced by all Macedonian Bulgarians in the country," Lupcho Georgievski wrote on his Facebook page.
In December, Georgievski was summoned for questioning as a suspect of spreading racism and xenophobia by electronic means.