The Macedonian government has reportedly filed an extradition request for its former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. Mr Gruevski is currently residing in Hungary and has reportedly been granted asylum there.
Mr Gruevski was Prime Minister of Macedonia from 2006 until 2016. In May 2018, a Macedonian court sentenced him to two years’ imprisonment for unlawfully influencing Interior Ministry officials over the purchase of a luxury vehicle valued at €600,000. Mr Gruevski then appealed that sentence but, when his appeal was rejected, he left Macedonia for Hungary.
On 19th November 2018, the Macedonian Foreign Ministry summoned Hungary’s ambassador to Skopje to formally demand that the government in Budapest reject Mr Gruevski’s asylum application.
Mr Gruevski is still facing three other trials, including a trial relating to a major wiretapping scandal. He claims the cases against him are politically motivated.