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Other charges against former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski

Other charges against former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski

The Organized Crime Prosecution Office in Skopje has filed an indictment against fugitive former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski on suspicion of embezzling 1.3m euros in party donations (VMRO-DPMNE) and illegally buying plots in the elite neighborhood. Vodno in the capital.

Among the six accused is former Macedonian intelligence chief Saso Mijalkov, who has close family ties to Mr Gruevski.

The charge was filed for 'money laundering' through 'offshore' companies, while the case was previously opened by the former Special Prosecution for offenses dating from June 2006 to October, 2012.

The Basic Crimes Prosecution has proposed the confiscation of the problematic properties. The Prosecution reports that Gruevski, to whom he actually refers with the initials NG, had not declared the property of over 11 thousand square meters in Vodno before the relevant bodies, more precisely to the Anti-Corruption Commission during his time in office. He had not even declared ownership of two apartments in the center of Skopje and other construction plots in Skopje and Krushevo.

Mr Gruevski, meanwhile, is two and a half years away from fleeing to Hungary, where authorities there have granted him asylum, while refusing to extradite him. He is known for his close ties to Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Gruevski was sentenced to two years in prison for the criminal offense related to the purchase of an armored Mercedes of about 600 thousand euros, and then, in absentia, to 1.5 years in prison for inciting violence in the municipality of "Center" Skopje. He is also suspected as the main organizer of the violent events in the parliament of Northern Macedonia in April, 2017, but no official accusation has been filed about this.

There have been many debates and accusations in Skopje about the former prime minister's escape, but no one has claimed responsibility.

VOA / Tiranapost.al.