Time: 6:42 p.m. CEST
Photography, videography and story by Aleksandra Dukovska
Member of the Parliament from SDSM, Bogoevski arrived at the Primary Court Skopje 1 in Skopje only with his parents to scheduled court hearing. He entered the courtroom alone, this time without greetings of his supporters, as it was the case in the previous hearings. After one hour, Bogoevski and his lawyer left the courtroom, explaining what was the essence of today’s hearing.
“The good thing after several months of trial, finally someone asked me, how do I feel in the Court. My answer remains the same in the public, as in the courtroom; “I don’t feel guiltiness for my participation in the protests. I am proud of practicing my right on protest,” Bogoevski stated.
Almost five months after the initial preparatory pre-trial hearing in the case of State Public Prosecution vs. Pavle Bogoevski, his lawyer Sasho Dukovski briefed reporters on the developments in the case.
A lawyer Sasho Dukovski, stated that, “we came to the point to start with the court main hearing, which begins with the statement about culpability of charged person. In the particular case, Pavle pleaded not guilty and we started with the proving of the proofs.” Dukovski explained.
Bogoevski’s lawyer explained that they do not want pardon and “we are not waiting change of the government to clear him of the charges.” Dukovski stated “that would be greatest defeat,” to the question if they expect annulation of charges in the case of possible change of the government.
The trial will continue, confirmed Bogoevski’s lawyer in the case where Ministry of Culture claims the cost of damages to the façade of the Ministry building after the protests on April 18, when protesters targeted the building’s façade with balloons with colors. The Ministry claims damages of about 7,000 euros, while the defense with challenged this with their proofs.
When the hearings started on October 5, 2016, Bogoevski was only an activist, and several months now he is elected MP of SDSM. Bogoevski surfaced as an activist during the protests against the death of Martin Neskovski and got bigger public attention with his participation in the “Colorful Revolution” movement.