March 20, 2014

Young boy brutally beaten in public transportation bus No. 57 (unverified)

incidents committed due to ethnicity

What happened: 23 y/o boy was brutally beaten by a group of unknown perpetrators and suffered
severe injuries, after which he was hospitalized.

Date, time and location of the incident: May 4th. 03:30hrs, in a public transportation bus No. 57, when
the bus was moving along str. Cvetan Dimov in Skopje.
Source of information: National printed media Dnevnik.
Victim(s) involved: One 23 y/o male.
Type of the crime(s): Severe Bodily harm Art 131, Endangerment of safety Art. 144, Violence Art. 386.
Perpetrator(s): Unknown number of perpetrators, acting in a group.
Brief description of incident with bias indicators: The bias motive in this incident is ethnic origin,
citizenship or language, and the bias indicators in this incident are:
1. Presumed difference between victim and perpetrator on ethnic grounds – due to the mixed ethnic composition
of the communities the line No.57 passes through, the ethnicity of the perpetrators may differ from
the victim’s.
2. Nature of violence – the incident was carried our publicly, in a public transportation bus.
3. Lack of other motives.

Status of the case: Criminal charges submitted.
Response of local authorities: The Ministry of Interior stated via Answer upon a Request for
information of public character sent by the Committee that the four people involved are brought up
against criminal charges for the act of “Violence” (Art.386 CCRM). However, there has been no answer
as to the fact that indicates to the possible motive of the crime.
Impact on the victim(s) and the community: This type of incidents brings into question the general
political situation in the country and the cohabitation between the different ethnic groups in the society.

str. Cvetan Dimov in Skopje
Location Name
str. Cvetan Dimov in Skopje

Number of victims
Number of Perpetrators
Status of the case
Perpetrators identified
Type of incident?
Serious threat Bodily injury Physical attack (assault) Violence
Incident location
How did the police react?
They investigated the incident
Have there been similar incidents / crimes in the same location?
Young boy brutally beaten in public transportation bus No. 57 (unverified) image

Criminal offences

Against Life and Body
Bodily Injury
Against the Public Order


Nationality Ethnic origin