The Criminal Council of the Basic Court in Skopje sentenced the first accused Boban Smilevski for two criminal offenses to nine years and two months in prison- fraud and serious theft. His brother Goran Smilevski earned 6.5 years of imprisonment for the same crimes. Third accused Boris Micevski was sentenced to 5 years and 2 months in prison, while Miroslav Kaevski was sentenced to a suspended sentence for the criminal offense of evasion.
In the closing argument, the first accused Boban Smilevski admitted that he stole nearly 3 million euros from the bank, but did not disclose what he did the stolen money. He apologized to his family and to the bank because he tainted its reputation.
- I was in debt, and the last two months we were under threat, me and the family. The loss of self-control led me to this. I was an example in private life and society and I was not a criminal until this occurred, nor do I have a criminal mind. I inadvertently interfered with the second and third indictee - Boban Smilevski said in court.
Where are the three million euros which were stolen and which were taken from NLB Tutun bank in April in a paper bag, remains a mystery, because no one from the accused wanted to say a word. Besides the sentences, the court instructed them to return all the stolen money.
The actors of the largest bank robbery in Macedonia are charged that they stole 400.000 Swiss francs and 375.000 euros from NLB Tutun bank and then 2 million Swiss francs and 270.000 euros more.
The scheme of the robbery of the robbery of the century in Skopje has been discovered. According to the investigation, the treasurer Boban Smilevski, his brother Goran Smilevski and the window worker, E.P. managed to hide that the money is missing from the vault on several occasions.
Around 17 pm, on April 4th, Boban Smilevski asked the window worker E.P. what is the exchange rate for Euros and Swiss francs. He said that his friend wants to convert euros into franks. Half an hour later, his brother Goran came to the bank and together with his ID, gave the window worker E.P. 95.000 euros to convert them into francs over transaction account.
When the worker finished the order with the electronic request from the vault, the treasurer Boban Smilevski said that that he will personally take the converted money - 100.000 swiss franks from the vault, skipping the procedure that the money should go through the air pipe. Brother of the treasurer Goran signed all the necessary papers related to the money, and the E.P. kept 95.000 euros on the cash desk. So everything was clean after the finish of the shift, there was no deficit, nor a surplus of money.
When the police watched the footage of the surveillance cameras, they discovered interesting facts. While Goran was waiting at the desk to complete the alleged transaction, at the time while his brother was working, 100.000 swiss franks weren't taken from the vault, nor the desk worker returned the money to complete the conversion. The police concluded that the deficit of 100.000 swiss franks from the vault was covered that way, which was previously stolen as a part of 1.000.000 swiss franks by Boban Smilevski.
Three days later, on April 7th. When the same counter worker was in, the treasurer Boban Smilevski delivered 375.000 euros to her over the treasury delivery system. She didn't prepare any document for that money, but she just gave the money to Boban, after which, he quietly walked out of the bank.
The third and the largest robbery happened on 10th April when Boban stole 2.000.000 Swiss francs and 270.000 euros from the vault. He placed the money into the bag and around 13:00 hours left the bank.
When he reached a safe distance, he handed the bag to his brother Goran, and he then gave it to his friend Boris Micevski, who escaped Macedonia the next day.
The police confirmed that Boris Micevski left Macedonia on Tabanovce border crossing around 14:00 hours in VW Golf. He was arrested the next day and taken before the investigating judge, but he never said what happened to the money.
(Telegraf.co.uk / D.J.)