Friday, May 23, 2014


Former Macedonian Intelligence Officer, Alexander Dinevski, no stranger to controversy.

Unearthed document: 1992 formal complaint to the Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov and Parliament

THE JORDAN MIJALKOV MYSTERY DEEPENS - Why did Macedonia's Interior Minister Frckoski order intelligence officer's arrest in 1992?

by Sasha Uzunov

Professor Doctor Ljubomir Danailov Frckoski, who in recent times has cultivated the image of a mild mannered public intellectual who critiques mock baroque statues, had a more ruthless side to his stage personna as Macedonia's Interior Minister, ordering the arrest of a highly respected counter-intelligence officer and seizing documents relating to his successor Jordan Mijalkov killed in a mysterious car crash in Serbia in late 1991.


Alexander (Aleksandar) "Aco" Dinevski , an officer with the Interior Ministry's SDB (Sluzba za Drzavna Bezbednost - State Security Service) was arrested on the 13 July 1992 whilst on annual summer vacation in his father's village of Brajcino, in the Lake Prespa region of Macedonia. The order had come from Interior Minister Frckoski over claims that Dinevski had been leaking secrets.

The Interior Ministry runs the police force and intelligence services.

Dinevski, flanked by SDB officers, was then driven back to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia and made to hand over his work files from his office safe as well as having his flat (apartment) in Skopje searched and private documents and books seized, including material relating to Mijalkov.

He later was released from custody and began court proceedings against Minister Frckoski over wrongful dismissal. In 1993 during my time as a reporter with the MILS news agency in Skopje I met Dinevski and attended his court trial on 18 March 1993. His lawyer being the well known attorney Rafael Cerepnalkovski-Rafe, later to become a Supreme Court judge. The matter was eventually settled.

Dinevski is no stranger to controversy. As a young reformist intelligence officer, he together with seven other colleagues, known as The Eight (Osumminata na RSVR), began pushing for reforms in Macedonia's interitor ministry then under Federal Communist Yugoslav control. His group also exposed corruption and abuse of power by Macedonia's communist ruling elite, namely Lazar Kolisevski, a close collaborater with Yugoslav ruler Marshal Tito.

In 1991 Macedonia became independent after leaving the collapsing Federal Yugoslavia, caused in most part in Serbian leader's attempts to set up a Greater Serbia.

Recently, Dinevski was in the news after being arrested on alleged espionage charges by the current Gruevski government.

In 1993 Dinevski gave me a copy of his 1992 deposition and formal complaint to the the President of Macedonia, Kiro Gligorov, seeking Frckoski's sacking.

The document reads (in Macedonian):

"I had documents taken from my flat that did not relate to state security. I had a book that was personally signed by Dragan Bogdanovski [Macedonian dissident imprisoned by Communist Yugoslavia in 1977]. This book is readily available overseas. I wanted to study Bogdanovski's signature [rakopis]."

Dinevski then adds:

"I had drafted a "Proclamation [Proglas] for public resistance against JNA [Yugoslav People's Army] aggression against Republic of Macedonia" during 3 or 4 July 1991 on the instructions of the late Interior Minister Jordan Mijalkov. We were expecting JNA armed intervention when armed police vehicles had surrounded the Macedonian Parliament, MRTV [State broadcaster] office. A number of copies of this proclamation were lodged in a number of places just in case the JNA had liquidated the Macedonian political leadership.

"This paper was made known to the SDB chain of command. It never carried any security classification."

Dinevski also reveals he had a document, in the public domain, about Slave Vasovski, indicted for a bombing in Skopje in 1974.

Another document taken related to fellow SDB officer Mile Ilievski, one of The Eight, who committed suicide 6 May 1992; and a proposal from an SDB commander and later advisor to Minister Frckoski, that Ilievski's phone (number 208-189 in Skopje) should be tapped from 30 April to 8 May 1992.


Dinevski became a critic of Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's Lustration Commission, a judicial body set up to investigate former Communist informers.

Dinevski told EU pundit Sinisa Jakov-Marusic: “From my experience in the security forces, I know that many operatives were adding stuff to their reports that was not true, naming informants they never met… and now we pronounce people as spies based on those documents."

Dinevski's 1992 deposition - making a formal complaint to the President of Macedonia, Kiro Gligorov and asking for the sacking of then Interior Minister Ljubomir Danailov Frckoski

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THE JORDAN MIJALKOV HIT - was the Macedonian Minister assassinated?

by Sasha Uzunov

Just before Christmas 1991, I got a phone call from two Melbourne based branch members, Andon Lazarevski and Vidan Zvezdakovski, from VMRO-DPMNE, now the governing party in Macedonia. They were faxing media releases about the unexpected death of Jordan Mijalkov, Macedonia's Interior Minister. One was sent to the BBC in London but with no response.

They asked if I, as an independent freelance journalist, was interested in the story? I said I was happy to talk to anyone from any political party, including Macedonia's Social Democrats (SDSM), or ethnic background for information. It is a hard business trying to steer an independent course amongst Macedonia's two major political parties.

In December 1991 Jordan Mijalkov, was killed in a car accident as he was rushing to meet with his Serbian counterpart. At the time there was speculation his death had been arranged by person or persons unknown. The other possibility was it was a genuine car crash.
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