Former police officer Igor Spasov, sentenced to 14 years in prison for the horrific murder of 22 year old Martin Neskovski in 2011, was arrested owing to a police report made by his girlfriend. Spasov received lenient treatment from the Zaev regime after he was used to willify VMRO-DPMNE, and used it to flee from prison in 2018. He was given legal representation by Zaev’s personal lawyer Vane Andreev and later he was given a lengthy medical leave – from which he never returned to prison. An arrest order was issued but by then Spasov had fled the country.
He was arrested by Bulgarian police in Sofia yesterday afternoon, after his girlfriend reported him for violence. He lived in the suburb of Mladost, in the Bulgarian capital, and reportedly he entered the country from Turkey. The details of his movement after he fled Macedonia are still being determined. Macedonian authorities are now about to initiate a procedure to have him extradited to serve the remainder of his sentence. It is still unclear whether Spasov has also been able to obtain a Bulgarian citizenship – if he has, it may be difficult to have him extradited.
In 2011, Spasov attended the large celebration of the VMRO-DPMNE party election victory, as did Neskovski. According to eye-witnesses Spasov, a special police unit member, got into several altercations with the frail Neskovski, and at one point attacked him and struck him hard, resulting in his death. He then left the main Skopje square and did not report the incident, even after Neskovski’s body was discovered and kept quiet during several days of chaotic attempts to identify the killed person and the killer. The late missing person report by Neskovski’s family and the fact that a carnival was in town as well as a number of foreign sports fans added to the confusion and the police initially believed that the body is of a foreign national.
Once eye witnesses started coming out, Spasov was arrested and sentenced to 14 years in prison.