GRUEVSKI DIDN’T SHOW UP IN PRISON, BUT IN BUDAPEST
- From a long-time leader and a decade-long Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski now has a refugee status.
- Gruevski in Budapest will probably address his friend, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, for asylum
- If it’s not a matter of political games, will the Minister of Internal Affairs, Oliver Spasovski, resign this time?
- Professor Vladimir Pivovarov says that the Hungarian Embassy has not yet confirmed whether the ex-Prime Minister has applied for asylum.
- Since Monday, Gruevski is on the top of the list on Ministry of Interior’s site for arrest warrants.
Written by: Svetlana Unkovska
“In the last few days I have received countless threats to my life. I am in Budapest now, and I have asked for political asylum from the Hungarian authorities. I will always remain true to the cause of Macedonia. I will never give up.”
With this status published on his Facebook profile Nikola Gruevski saved the trouble of the police that had been looking for him everywhere for two days and solved the public dilemmas in the public, whether he was he still in the country or had escaped.
In Budapest, Gruevski will probably address his friend, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. From the capital of Hungary, he said that “he will always remain true to the cause of Macedonia and will never give up.” Gruevski previously claimed that “if he needs to, he would sacrifice for Macedonia”, but he still withdrew and escaped from the country.
Since Monday, Gruevski is on the top of the list on Ministry of Interior’s site for arrest warrants, after the Criminal court informed the police that they could not find the ex-prime minister to hand him a two-year prison sentence decision for the case “Tank”.
THE RISE AND FALL OF GRUEVSKI
From a long-time leader and a decade-long Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski now has a refugee status. This is how we can briefly describe the rise and fall of Gruevski. In the case “Tank”, the court sentenced him to a two-year prison term for the purchase of a luxury Mercedes worth half a million euros, but several other cases were opened about him by the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office. Gruevski is charged with abuse of office, electoral fraud, criminal association and incitement to violence in the Titanic, TNT, Trajectory and Violence in Centar cases.
Similar fate was experienced by Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader who, after being sentenced to two and a half years in prison for military profiteering, tried to escape to Austria but was later surrendered to Croatian authorities.
WHO SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ESCAPE?
Now it is only unclear how Gruevski simply went across the border. Through illegal passages, with fake travel documents like Goran Grujovski and Nikola Boshkovski in Greece, or maybe he was intentionally released to escape with some kind of previous conspiracy agreement?
If it’s not a matter of political games, will the Minister of Internal Affairs, Oliver Spasovski, resign this time, because Gruevski escaped right under their nose, and after it was known that his prison sentence was confirmed, he did nothing to disable his intention. The MoI remained unavailable to answer these questions.
Gruevski’s native party VMRO-DPMNE says that they do not know where he is. “I was informed about his Facebook profile status by my colleagues while I was preparing for the press conference. I do not have information where and what he is doing”, said the party spokesman Dimche Arsovski.
Neither Prime Minister Zoran Zaev knows if he has escaped and says that the services should be left to settle the case. “First we need to determine whether Nikola Gruevski is out of the country. I expect the institutions to complete their work without violating his human rights and without violating legal procedures.”
Regarding the events of Friday when the decision was made that there was no delay in Gruevski’s imprisonment until the issuing of the arrest warrant, Zaev said that he could not detect responsibility of the institutions. “The court worked in this case the same way as in other cases when the decision has been made on Friday, it always leaves the period until Monday to call for the serving of the sentence. The police, without an order, were not allowed to follow, nor to approach Gruevski, nor undertake any activities in the past days. There are court orders for this. There is now an order for an arrest warrant that is issued. I believe that the institutions will do their work without violating his rights and the laws.”
WILL HUNGARY GRANT HIM ASYLUM?
According to Professor Vladimir Pivovarov, it is still not officially confirmed whether this Facebook status was really written by Gruevski and it is not confirmed by the Hungarian Embassy whether the ex-prime minister has applied for an asylum.
“Taking into consideration everything that happened before, giving the highest recognition to the Prime Minister of Hungary at the time of the “Spy” affair, our President Ivanov awarded him a medal for merit, and thus there was a link between his and this government. But if they grant him an asylum, I do not know how Europe will evaluate this step because Hungary is a member of the EU,” says Pivovarov for Inbox7.
If granted asylum, Pivovarov believes that in this case there will be no right and justice, which are the basic postulates of the EU countries. He adds that Hungary will certainly take into account EU directives in reaching the final decision on the Gruevski case.
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