Former Macedonian PM Gets a 2-Year Sentence After Failed Appeal

The court in Skopje rejected the appeal of the former Prime Minister of FYROM, Nikola Gruevski on the “Tank” court case. Gruevski’s two-year sentence is finally confirmed. The court said that the former PM’s demands were “unfounded.”

The development was reported by The Former PM was accused of buying a €600,000 Mercedes car with government money. In 2015, a leaked phone recording revealed that Gruevski and the Macedonian Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska discussed buying the bulletproof car and what kind of luxury accessories it should have. In the conversation, Gruevski explained how he’d buy the car for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and cover up the fact he’s using it for himself.

The appeal court decreased the sentence of the deputy minister of interior, Gyoko Popovki, to 4 years and 6 months in prison. Gruevski claimed that his sentence was classical political persecution.” While Macedonia’s current government is trying to clean the slate and lead Macedonia into an EU and NATO path, the recent failure in the name change referendum makes the process harder.

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Alex Dimchev

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