On 28 June 2019, Budapest’s Capital City Court ruled that Nikola Gruevski should not be extradited to Macedonia. The court’s ruling explained that as Mr Gruevski has been granted asylum in Hungary he cannot be extradited to Macedonia.
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 euros. Mr Gruevski then appealed that sentence, when his appeal was rejected, he left Macedonia for Hungary. 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.
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