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AFP: Wanted former Macedonian PM Gruevski says he is in Hungary

AFP: Wanted former Macedonian PM Gruevski says he is in Hungary

13 November 2018 | 15:32 | FOCUS News Agency
Skopje. Macedonia's former prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who has been sentenced to a two-year jail term for abuse of power, said Tuesday he was in Hungary where he has requested political asylum, AFP reported.
Macedonian authorities on Monday issued an arrest warrant for Gruevski, 48, after he failed to turn up to jail to serve his sentence.
"I am now in Budapest, where I have requested political asylum from the Hungarian authorities," Gruevski wrote on his official Facebook page.

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AFP: Macedonia court upholds jail term for ex-PM Gruevski

AFP: Macedonia court upholds jail term for ex-PM Gruevski

5 October 2018 | 16:49 | FOCUS News Agency
Skopje. A Macedonia appeals court on Friday upheld ex-premier Nikola Gruevski's two-year sentence for abuse of power over the use of a luxury car, setting a course for the former strongman to be jailed, AFP reported.
Gruekvski, who dominated the Balkan country for nearly a decade until 2016, was convicted in May of using the 600,000 euro Mercedes for personal travel even though it was purchased with state funds.
The Skopje court said it found "the complaints of the accused... unfounded, and confirmed the first instance verdict in full."
Speaking to AFP, special prosecutor Gavrilo Bubevski said Gruevski has a two-week deadline to turn himself in to prison.
"It is a matter of days. It can happen today or tomorrow or in 15 days," said the prosecutor.
But the former premier told local media he would use "all legal means to fight the prison sentence".
"This is just another attempt at political prosecution," he said.
Gruevksi, who led the right-wing VMRO-DPMNE party, resigned in 2016 after a scandal emerged over tapes that appeared to show a widespread wire-tapping scheme by his administration.
He now faces a number of graft cases, with the Mercedes charge the first to go to trial.
The verdict comes at a tense political moment in Macedonia.
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