The leader of the pro-Russian and anti-Bulgarian party in the Republic of North Macedonia, Lyupcho Palevski, who is suspected of a double murder, including that of a 14-year-old girl, was arrested in Turkey, the Turkish authorities reported, quoted by BGNES. He was detained last night in the northwestern town of Balikesir, where he arrived from Serbia and passed through Bulgaria, the police said. He was arrested while walking on one of the central streets of the city.
The case shocked the RSM. On Sunday, the bodies of a girl from the capital Skopje, who went missing last week, and a 74-year-old man from the town of Veles, who disappeared a few days before, were found. Palevsky is the alleged perpetrator of the murders.
“Colleagues from Turkey informed me that the creator, the planner, the main coordinator and the direct executor of the crimes was arrested on their territory,” the Minister of the Interior of North Macedonia, Oliver Spasovski, said last night. He thanked Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia for their help in apprehending the criminal. Spasovski called for the closure of Lyupcho Palevski’s party.
According to the police, four people, including the girl’s father, were involved in the two crimes. Spasovski told reporters that one of the arrested suspects, “with the consent and knowledge of a family member, organized the commission of the crime to extort money from his mother.”
Palevski is a well-known public figure and leader of a small pro-Russian and anti-Bulgarian party. Years ago, he was also the leader of the city committee of the currently ruling Social Democratic Union. After the serious crime, publications appeared in the RSM claiming that Palevski was a product of the special services and had a police umbrella for decades.