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Old 05-23-2018, 07:50 AM   #1
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Macedonian court sentences former PM Gruevski to 2 years


SKOPJE, Macedonia — A Macedonian criminal court has sentenced former conservative prime minister Nikola Gruevski to two years in prison for unlawfully influencing officials at the interior ministry over the purchase of a luxury bulletproof car.

The court ruled on Wednesday that Gruevski, who served as prime minister from 2006-2016, had influenced officials in the 2012 purchase of his luxury Mercedes at an estimated cost of 600,000 euros (around $700,000).

The 47-year-old Gruevski was not present in court when the verdict was read and will remain free pending appeal.

He was convicted using evidence from audio material collected during a massive wiretapping scandal that erupted in 2015 and contributed to the demise of his government. The judge ruled to accept the audio material as evidence as it was in the public interest.
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Old 05-23-2018, 10:10 AM   #2
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Macedonia Jails Former PM Gruevski For Two Years

A court in Skopje on Wednesday sentenced former PM Nikola Gruevski to two years in jail for his involvement in the illicit secret purchase of a luxury Mercedes.

Gruevski, Macedonia's former prime minister and former leader of the VMRO DPMNE party, was jailed for two years on Wednesday for “receiving a reward”, in the form of a luxury Mercedes, after previously “illegally influencing” the other two accused to commit the illegal purchase of the vehicle.

The Skopje Criminal Court jailed another accused, former assistant interior minister Gjoko Popovski, for six-and-a-half-years.

The procedure for former interior minister Gordana Jankuloska is being led separately due to her pregnancy.

During the elaboration of the verdict, judge Dobrila Kacarska said Gruevski had solicited the purchase of the 580,000 euros Mercedes from then Interior Minister Jankuloska.

She added that Jankuloska then encouraged Popovski to rig the tendering procedure by favouring the company Mak Auto Star, which is a Mercedes dealer for Macedonia.
Aially Prime Ministerial, represents an honour. He [Gruevski] received his legitimacy from the citizens, and so was supposed to take care of their interests. Instead, he humiliated and underestimated them [the citizens],” judge Kacarska said.


Gruevski did not appear in court to hear the verdict in the case, which the Special Prosecution, SJO, in charge of investigating allegations of high-level crime, dubbed “Tank”.

At previous court hearings, he told reporters in front of the court that the entire case had been framed against him by the current government, led by the Social Democrats, SDSM.

A small group of Gruevski’s supporters protested over the verdict in front of the court where police were deployed to prevent possible incidents.

The verdict against Gruevski was the first in the five active court cases against him raised by the SJO. Gruevski is also on trial in the SJO cases dubbed “Violence”, “Trajectory”, “Titanic“ and “TNT”.

All of these cases stem from the content of the illegal wiretaps that the former opposition Social Democrats aired in batches during 2015.

The airing of these wiretaps containing secretly recorded tapes of official conversations, along with the then opposition claims that they originated from within the secret police – and that Gruevski had orchestrated the illegal surveillance of some 20,000 people – created a deep political crisis.

Gruevski’s VMRO DPMNE party, which led Macedonia's government from 2006, was finally ousted from power last year, after which he resigned as party leader.

Gruevski and VMRO DPMNE whose many former officials are now facing trials and investigations maintain that these wiretaps are illegally acquired and cannot be used in court and that the current government is pressuring the courts for selective justice.
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I wonder what kind of kickbacks your lot are getting for sitting at the same table as zaev now. Any idea?
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Macedonia ex-PM Gruevski jailed over luxury Mercedes purchase

Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has been sentenced to two years in prison for corruption.

A court in Skopje found he had unlawfully influenced officials over the purchase of a luxury bulletproof Mercedes Benz worth €600,000 (£525,000, $700,000) in 2012.

It was the first of five cases against the long-serving leader to go to trial.

He was forced to leave office in 2016 after a year of protests and 10 years in power.

Prosecutors used secret recordings to show that Gruevski had influenced a member of a tender commission to promote a particular car dealer to supply the vehicle for his personal use. In return for this, he was alleged to have received money from the dealer.

Gruevski was eventually forced out of office because of a wire-tapping scandal.

He was accused by rivals of personally ordering the tapping of up to 20,000 people. He also faces charges of involvement in vote-rigging and bribery during his decade as leader.

Earlier this week the current prime minister, Zoran Zaev, was cleared of corruption on a charge of taking a bribe to help a local businessman buy land.
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Macedonia's ex-PM Nikola Gruevski sentenced to two years for abuse of power

A court in Macedonia has found former prime minister Nikola Gruevski guilty of abusing his post over the purchase of a luxury bulletproof Mercedes. Macedonian media have dubbed the scandal "the Tank affair."

Macedonia's former head of government, Nikola Gruevski, unlawfully influenced state officials to buy a Mercedes worth around €600,000 ($702,207), and then kept the vehicle for personal use, a court in Skopje found on Wednesday.

Judge Dobrila Kacarska sentenced the embattled politician to two years in prison. The former prime minister is to remain free pending an appeal.

Prosecutors say Gruevski called his then-interior minister Gordana Jankulovska in 2012 and urged her to order the purchase of the luxury armored car. According to audio evidence, Gruevski said that he would use the car and the public would be kept in the dark.

Moreover, Gruevski apparently received a kickback from a car dealer for recommending it for the purchase.

On Thursday, judge Kacarska said the former prime minister "lied and ridiculed citizens" and was "intentionally trying to hide the vehicle."

Read more: Protesters break into Macedonian president's office, set furniture alight, smash windows at ministry

Gruevski absent from courtroom

The court also sentenced interior ministry official Gjoko Popovski to six and a half years in prison for his role in the case.

The trial of Jankulovska has been separated due to her "risky pregnancy" and is due to start next Monday.

The nationalist Gruevski ruled Macedonia between 2006 and 2016. The 47-year-old politician was not present in the courtroom on Wednesday.

The "Tank affair," as the armored car purchase is known in the Macedonian media, is only one of several legal cases facing the nationalist Gruevski. He also faces charges of corruption, election irregularities, ordering violence, and abuse of office

'Keep your chin up, my proud Macedonians'

Gruevski has denied any wrongdoing. Earlier this week, he slammed the process as "purely political" and "political torture."

On Wednesday, he published a Facebook statement saying that "better times are coming."

"Keep your chin up, my proud Macedonians and proud citizens of Macedonia," he posted. "This is your country, we will never let you down and we will stay shoulder to shoulder with you in any challenge."

A small group of Gruevski supporters gathered before the court building in Skopje during the reading of the verdict.

Gruevski was forced to resign in 2016 over a massive wiretapping scandal, which saw the opposition accuse the government of illegally spying on over 20,000 citizens in a country of around 2.1 million people. Then-opposition leader and current prime minister Zoran Zaev presented the recordings in public, and some of the material has been used against Gruevski over the "Tank affair."
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I wonder what kind of kickbacks your lot are getting for sitting at the same table as zaev now. Any idea?
I wish "my kind" who have been involved in whatever illegal deals get locked up for good.. not a pissy 2 years.. they need to be made an example of.. so others think twice..

As the judge said.. Being elected in an honor not a privilege!
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I wish "my kind" who have been involved in whatever illegal deals get locked up for good.. not a pissy 2 years.. they need to be made an example of.. so others think twice..

As the judge said.. Being elected in an honor not a privilege!
What I find most interesting is that no wiretaps were released of juicy conversations between VMRO and DUI. All this so called political crisis was a fabrication and nothing but a vendetta between two equally gay and corrupt VMRO/SDSM. Nothing to do with corruption, democracy or a better future. Zaev set a sneaky trap with outside support and now that outside support will reap the benefits.

It was either Zaev or gruo in jail.. Zaev won check mate. Gruo now can spend his time in jail and fantasise about being PM and getting revenge. We all saw where Gruos state of mind is when he spilled the glass on the speakers table during the fascist attempt to implement the Albanian language law.
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If the politicians in Macedonia are corrupt or not. They don't care AT ALL. All they care about is loyalty. This is why a Macedonian politician is going to jail but an Albanian politician is not. You're telling me.that members of DUI are not corrupt?

They are all corrupt. The mistake gruevski made was being even slightly pro east instead of pro west.
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