Macedonia jails former PM Gruevski For Two Years

Skopje’s Criminal Court sentenced former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski to two years behind bars for his involvement in the illicit secret purchase of a luxury Mercedes, Balkan Insight reports. Judge Dobrila Kacarska said Gruevski solicited the purchase of a 580,000 euro Mercedes from then-interior minister Gordana Jankuloska, who then encouraged then-assistant interior minister Gjoko Popovski to rig the tendering procedure by favoring the company Mak Auto Star, which is a Mercedes dealer for Macedonia. Popovski received a 6.5-year sentence for the illicit purchase. The case was brought against Gruevski, Popovski and Jankuloska by Macedonia’s special prosecution, which in the aftermath of an EU-brokered deal, was put in charge of probing allegations of high-level crimes. Four active criminal cases still remain against Gruevski.

 

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