“Macedonian prosecutors have filed charges against 30 people, including a former interior minister and several opposition lawmakers, for their alleged involvement in the storming of parliament by demonstrators nearly a year ago.

The public prosecutor’s office on March 27 charged ex-minister Mitko Cavkov and 27 other people with ‘terrorist endangerment of the constitutional order and security.’

They face minimum jail sentences of 10 years if convicted

The suspects, who also included five deputies from the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party and senior officials of the Interior Ministry, “caused an act of violence, thus putting in danger the lives of lawmakers, journalists, officials, and employees in parliament and creating a feeling of insecurity, danger and fear among citizens,” the public prosecutor’s adviser, Elizabeta Nedanovska, told a press conference in Skopje.

Two other people were charged with complicity.

No date has been set for the trial.” (RFE/RL)