The former chief of North Macedonia top civilian security agency Saso Mijalkov was sentenced on Friday to 12 years in jail for illegal wire-tapping.
Mijalkov, director of the Security and Counter-Intelligence Department (UBK), was sentenced for mass wire-tapping between 2008 and 2015 and destroying the equipment used for the surveillance operation over politicians, business people and public figures. He was sentenced with 10 others including his superior at the time Internal Affairs Minister Gordana Jankulovska who will serve four years in jail. She is already serving a four year sentence for embezzlement.
The court also sentenced two former UBK officers Goran Grujevski and Nikola Boskovski who were granted asylum in Greece to 15 years in prison each. It ordered all the defendants to pay damages of almost 1.5 million Euro for the surveillance equipment they destroyed. The surveillance operation covered some 20,000 people and 4,286 phone numbers.