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Ziadin Sela implies that Ahmeti expected an incident and avoided the Parliament on April 27th

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Ziadin Sela, leader of the Alliance of Albanians, told the court that it is possible that some of the political leaders involved in the April 2017 incident in the Parliament knew about what is coming. Sela suffered by far the worst injuries during the incident, and he was asked whether politicians from SDSM and DUI were preparing to stage a vote for a new Parliament Speaker, aware that it will provoke a storming of the building by protesters outside.

– Some of them probably expected what will happen. Somebody knew, and was absent. I don’t think there is another reason for leaders of political parties to be absent from the Parliament. I can’t speak for sure, but they probably knew and organized it all, Sela told the court. He was speaking about Ali Ahmeti, leader of the DUI party, who was absent from the session even though the 61 votes majority of DUI and SDSM to elect Talat Xhaferi as Speaker and his vote was needed. SDSM and DUI staged an improvised vote and quickly declared Xhaferi as new Speaker, even though it was impossible to count the votes, and then retreated to the press center where the media crews were located, as protesters pushed into the building. Protest organizers, who are being tried as “terrorists”, insist that they were peacefully protesting for months, but that the outrageous way in which Xhaferi was declared Speaker by these two parties provoked the assembled protesters. According to some of the defendants, the incident was caused by SDSM and DUI deliberately to win international support for their cause, and to portray their political opponents as violent and dangerous.

Sela noted that VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski was also absent from the Parliament – he was meeting political leaders in Vienna.

It’s believed that Sela was singled out for attack because he made a series of charged nationalist statements against Macedonians in the preceding days.