World Bulletin/News Desk
Three suspects held among a group of people detained as part of a corruption probe in Macedonia have had their detentions extended, while five were released, court officials have said.
The Court of Skopje made the rulings on Friday, a day after eight people, including former Defense Ministry officials and businessmen, were detained by police investigating an alleged defense scam involving the state being overcharged by $2.77 million.
Media had previously reported that nine people had been detained in the operation, but later revised the figure to eight.
The court decided to extend the detention of the three suspects to 30 days while five people were released, but banned from leaving the country.
The suspects are accused of charging bogus costs to the Macedonian Ministry of Defense for the maintenance of six helicopters by both domestic and foreign companies and overcharging by 135 million denar ($ 2.77 million).
The suspect former Defense Ministry official has previously been accused of "irregularities" involving the purchase of spare parts for army tanks.
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