It is a Lie that Fake Police Officers Wanted to Rob a House in the Municipality of Ilinden
The allegations about fake police officers who wanted to rob a house in the Municipality of Ilinden, presented in a post shared on Facebook, are not true. According to the announcement of the Ministry of Interior, these are not robbers and thieves disguised as fake police officers who wanted to rob the house, but the attack occurred due to the alleged debt of the family to the attackers. It is not mentioned that the attackers disguised themselves as fake police officers and as such rang the doorbell, but it is written that they forcibly entered the home of the attacked. Thus, the bulletin of the Ministry of Interior does not mention fake police officers and attempted theft
A Facebook post spreads disinformation that fake police officers wanted to rob a house in the municipality of Ilinden. Such allegations are not correct, and this can be seen from the official bulletin of the Ministry of Interior, which describes the case.
The post conveys a news item titled: “Drama in Ilinden: Fake police officers wanted to rob a house, and one of them was stabbed.”
A real drama happened last night in the Municipality of Ilinden in Skopje, 24 Info has learned. Fake police officers broke into one of the houses to rob it, after which the hosts were beaten, it is stated at the beginning of the article.
According to the information on the portal “24 Info”, the robbers were disguised as police officers in order to deceive the victims to open the door.
After entering, they attacked the hosts.
The robbers broke the grandmother’s nose, and her son and grandson were beaten. However, the nephew managed to take a knife and stab one of the thieves, the news says.
But just below this, the news is denied and information about the incident written in the bulletin of the Ministry of Interior is published. According to the announcement of the Ministry of Interior, these were not robbers and thieves disguised as fake police officers who wanted to rob the house, but the attack occurred due to the alleged debt of the family to the attackers. It is not mentioned that the attackers disguised as fake police officers and rang the doorbell, but it is written that they forcibly entered the home of the attacked. So, the bulletin of the Ministry of Interior does not mention fake police officers and attempted theft.
On 17 May 2021, police officers from DIA Skopje deprived of liberty S.V. (21), P.Gj. (19) and S.M. (26), all from Municipality of Ilinden, acting upon a report according to which at 01:45 at that time, together with N.P. (26), they entered the home of Z.P. (52) using force. They started damaging the furniture and physically attacked Z.P., K.P. and L.P. According to the report, Z.P. in self-defense injured N.P. with a sharp object, who was transferred to the Mother Teresa Clinic Complex for medical treatment, and Z.P., K.P. and L.P. were transferred to the City General Hospital “St. Naum Ohridski”. According to the report, the reason for the attack was the alleged debt of K.P. to the attackers. The reported persons have been detained in a police station and after the complete documentation of the case, appropriate charges will be filed against them, reads the statement of the Ministry of Interior.
Most media outlets reported the news as an incident in which thugs attacked and harassed an entire family over an alleged debt.
According to this, it can be concluded that the allegations made in the post we are reviewing about fake police officers and theft are not true. The officially announced information from the Ministry of Interior says that this is a violent intrusion and attack due to an alleged debt.
Therefore, before a news item is published, it must be thoroughly checked by official sources in order not to publish false and unverified information that will create confusion in the public.