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Ice Ilijevski
Katerina Krstevska Savovska


Terrorism with religious ideological background today is a serious global threat. The modern infrastructure and the communications of movement allowed terrorist organizations to be able to attack everywhere in the world. The issue that is a point of interest of this paper is the current situation of returning the foreign terrorist fighters to their home country or third countries and the security consequences that may arise if they are not treated properly. For a more detailed perception of this problem through the case analysis – an operative police action related to the foreign terrorist fighters, the functional aspects of the criminal prosecution bodies of the Republic of North Macedonia will be better perceived and studied. Also, a special emphasis will be placed on the strategy for the fight against violent extremism and the financing of terrorist fighters.


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Ilijevski, Ice, and Katerina Krstevska Savovska. 2021. “THE CURRENT POSITION OF THE FOREIGN TERRORIST FIGHTERS IN THE REPUBLIC OF NORTH MACEDONIA”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 7 (1):27-38.
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Ice Ilijevski, Faculty of Law, University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola, North Macedonia

Ice Ilijevski is born on 29.06.1986 in Bitola. He has finished security studies, has defended his Master thesis titled „Sources of financing terrorism - criminalistics, criminological and criminal-legal characteristics“ and has defended his doctoral thesis titled „Control and oversight of the security system in the Republic of Macedonia - with particular reference to Ministry of Interior“ at the Faculty of Security in Skopje, University "St. Kliment Ohridski" in Bitola and gain the scientific title doctor of sciences in the field of security. Ice Ilijevski has worked at the Faculty of Security – Skopje for 10 years. Now he is an associate professor at the Law Faculty, University "St. Kliment Ohridski " in Bitola. Ice Ilijevski has written several books, handbooks, papers, and articles in the field of security as an author and co-author and has been a participant at many national and international scientific conferences, seminars, symposiums, etc. Also, he was a member of several teams for conducting surveys and researches for citizens' perceptions about security, safety, and stability in the country. His field of interest is control and oversight of the security sector, fight against different types of illegal trafficking, terrorism, and organized crime.

Katerina Krstevska Savovska, Faculty of Security - Skopje, University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola, North Macedonia

Katerina Krstevska Savovska has finished law studies (Graduated lawyer, 2001), has defended her Master thesis titled “The legal limitations of the police powers in the relation to the protection of the human rights and freedom” (Master’s degree in legal sciences - Criminal Law, 2007), and has defended her Doctoral dissertation titled “The role of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture in protecting persons detained by the Police” (PhD in Legal Sciences, 2011), at the Faculty of Law “Justinianus Primus” - Skopje within the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” - Skopje. Krstevska Savovska has worked at the Sector NCB INTERPOL - Skopje within the Macedonian Ministry of Internal Affairs and at the Cabinet of the Minister of Finance within the Macedonian Ministry of Finance. Krstevska Savovska currently works as an Associate Professor in Scientific area Criminal Law at the Faculty of Security - Skopje within the University “Ss. Kliment Ohridski” - Bitola. She conducts lectures for the subject “Criminal Procedure Law” according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) on first cycle of studies on the study programs “Criminalist”, “Security”, “Criminology and criminal policy”, “Security and European-Atlantic integration” and joint study program “Security and financial control”. Also, she conducts lectures on the second and third cycle of studies. Krstevska Savovska has published more than 70 publications (papers, reports, researches, etc.), as a lecturer, moderator or participant has attended numerous events in the field of criminal justice system, police powers and human rights (conferences, seminars, trainings, workshops, etc.), and has been a member of several working groups, committees and projects.