United States Embassy Skopje, Macedonia
Security Message for U.S. citizens: Upcoming Verdict in High-Profile Trial
According to the Government of Macedonia, a verdict will be announced the morning of Thursday, November 2, for the 37 individuals accused of domestic terrorism related to the May 2015 armed incident in Kumanovo, Macedonia.
Given the high profile nature of the case and the large number of defendants, U.S. citizens should be alert to a possible public response to the verdict. The Ministry of Interior has advised the U.S. Embassy that additional security will be deployed around the court building and in the city in anticipation of the court event.
The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to expect an increased police presence and additional security measures throughout the city, especially in the area around the Skopje Court Palace and along expected routes of convoys transporting the defendants, including Slovenecka Street, Ilinden Street, and Nikola Karev Blvd. U.S. citizens should expect street closures, traffic congestion, and delays throughout the city of Skopje.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website (http://travel.state.gov/) for the Worldwide Caution, other Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Macedonia Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (https://step.state.gov/step/) (STEP (https://step.state.gov/step/)) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Macedonia, located at Samoilova 21, 1000 Skopje, at tel: (02) 310-2000 within Macedonia, or (+389) (2) 310-2000 internationally, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).