Cvetan Trajkoski knew about a possible fire and explosion at a petrol station. He went with his wife to report it at the police station in Prilep.
At the station, there was a dispute about where he had parked his car. According to Mr Trajkoski, a police officer pointed a gun at his head. Seven or eight officers then arrived and allegedly threw him against a stairway, before beating him all over his body whilst using offensive language.
The public prosecutor refused to bring charges against the officers. He had based his decision purely on the testimony of the police officers, without taking any other evidence into account: such as testimony from Mr Trajkoski, his wife and the doctors who examined his injuries after the incident.
Mr Trajkoski brought the case to court himself, identifying one of his attackers by name. However, the court refused to consider the case on the grounds that Mr Trajkoski could not identify every single one of the officers involved by name. The court refused to help Mr Trajkoski identify his assailants, or hear any other evidence about the incident.