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Old 12-03-2017, 07:43 PM   #1
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Macedonia: Retrial for Murders That Sparked Ethnic Tension

Macedonia's Supreme Court has ordered a retrial for four ethnic Albanians serving life sentences over five murders in 2012, which had triggered strong ethnic tension in the country.

The court ruled Friday that the men should be let out of prison and be placed under home arrest pending the new trial — for which no date has been set.

Judges found that key facts in the Muslim men's earlier trial had been "wrongly and incompletely established" and prosecution witnesses had offered contradictory testimony.

The killings of the five Christian fishermen in a lake near the capital, Skopje, had been presented by prosecutors as a terrorism-related attack. The defendants denied any connection.

The murders caused riots between Macedonians and members of the ethnic Albanian minority, a quarter of the country's population.
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