Macedonian police file terrorism charges against 5 suspects in fishermen deaths

(Boris Grdanoski/ Associated Press ) – Police officers escort a man into court to appear on terrorism charges in connection with the killing of five men last month, in Skopje, Macedonia, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Macedonian authorities arrested some 20 radical Islamists, suspected in the murder of five Macedonian fishermen last month which fueled ethnic tensions in this tiny Balkan country.

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By Associated Press, Published: May 2

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonian authorities have filed terrorism charges against five men in connection with the shooting deaths of five Macedonian fishermen in mid-April, Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska said.

Two of those charged were still at large, while the other three were among 20 people identified as radical Islamists who were arrested in connection with the case Tuesday.

The killings of the fishermen near the Macedonian capital Skopje last month fueled tension in the Balkan country between majority Macedonians and the mostly Muslim ethnic Albanian minority.

State Prosecutor Ljupco Svrgovski told media Wednesday that if found guilty of terrorism, the suspects faced life imprisonment sentences.

The remaining 17 of those arrested during an early-morning raid on Tuesday were being interviewed by an investigative judge. They are being investigated on suspicion of terrorism, helping commit the murders and illegal possession and trade of weapons.

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Bosnian Grand Mufti Says Iran Good Friend Of Bosnia Herzegovina

clip_image001Iranian media has reported that Mustafa Ceric, the Grand Mufti of Bosnia, told former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a meeting that he considers Iran a “good friend” of his country.” According to a report in the Tehran Times:

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Tuesday that the Balkan region is Islam’s gate of entry to the western world. However, certain European countries are sensitive to the spread of Islam and cannot tolerate seeing Muslims become powerful in the Balkan region, Rafsanjani told Mustafa Ceric, the head of Islamic community in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The senior cleric who heads the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts, said Islam captures the minds of people by its wise and logical approach and the enemies cannot deter its influence on citizens no matter how powerful they are. With the passage of time, the humankind becomes more receptive to Islam as they make much more progress.

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