Zaev has not lost hope that Gruevski will be extradited

Stip, 10 December, 2018 - 15:37 (META) 

“I do not know what world certain people still live in, so I will ask President Ivanov. Where in the world does the executive power make arrests, or the government executive investigates, or the government executive prosecutes… ?! It is a matter for the prosecution and the judiciary,” said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev when asked to comment on a statement made by President Ivanov that “nothing is strange and he should be arrested”, given how the government has been acting lately.

After the public debate on the constitutional changes in Stip, Zaev commented on the neighbouring country’s statements related to language, the atmosphere in Greece, as well as Ivanov’s comments.

After EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn expressed skepticism that Nikola Gruevski would be delivered to Macedonia, the prime minister said he had not lost hope.

“I am continuing to make efforts as President of the Government together with the institutions, to seek his extradition, because that is the least we can expect from a friendly country, such as Hungary, an EU member state,” said Zaev.

During the debate, Prime Minister Zaev was asked by the citizens present to comment on statements made by two ministers in the Bulgarian government, Krasimir Karakachanov and Ekaterina Zaharieva.

Zaev believes that building trust with neighbouring Bulgaria should continue.

Professor Gjorgji Spasov says this is a reaction of Karakachanov, who is afraid that with Macedonia’s entry into the EU, he will remain without the money from the sale of Bulgarian passports.

Hahn: It is less likely that Gruevski will be extradited

Brussels, 10 December, 2018 - 10:23 (META) 

The EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn before the start of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council this morning said that he doesn’t believe that Nikola Gruevski will be extradited from Hungary to Macedonia.

When asked whether he supports the amendments of the European Parliament in the report about Macedonia with which it is requested that Hungary should extradite Gruevski into Macedonia, Hahn answered that “I hope that will happen, but it is less likely because these two countries don’t have an agreement, but I understand the position of the European Parliament.”

Hahn has reported that he has spoken with ministers Nikola Dimitrov and Radmila Shekjerinska about the road forward and the Prespa Agreement in the forthcoming weeks, including the reforms that have to be implemented in order for Macedonia to receive a positive report from the European Commission.

Ružin: EP amendments concerning Gruevski have no legal effect, but may damage Hungary’s reputation

Brussels, 30 November, 2018 - 13:24 (META) 

Today, European Parliament urged Hungary to extradite exiled former Prime Minister and convicted criminal Nikola Gruevski on the grounds of amendments to the Resolution on Macedonia, even though they have no legal effect, but rather an ethical-moral attitude, it is still an unpopular measure for Hungary, says university professor and FON rector, Nano Ružin.

“Action, from a legal point of view, does not exist. This is more about the ethical and moral attitude of the European Parliament. This is because currently, the EU is not a supranational institution, but each state retains its right, especially in the domain of political systems, laws, etc. However, it is still one measure that is unpopular for Hungary. And it damages their reputation as a country, as a political system, as a democracy, and normally when forming a general standpoint for further sanctions, these amendments will be in one way, an argument against Hungary,” explains Ružin.

Macedonia to demand Gruevski’s asylum be revoked

Skopje, 21 November, 2018 - 14:28 (META) 

The government is considering and will make a decision to send a request to revoke the decision for granting asylum for Nikola Gruevski, said today the Minister of Justice, Renata Deskoska at the start of the project titled “Strengthening the penitentiary system and the probation service.”

She said that, if the decision is based upon several facts that aren’t what they are, the state has the right to revoke it or to cancel its decision.

– Hungarian laws are very restrictive and they even provide opportunities for revoking an already granted decision for asylum, therefore the government is considering making a decision to send a request to revoke the asylum decision. Also, by observing Hungarian law, those that were granted asylum, if they aren’t granted citizenship at the same time, or a triple citizenship, their decision for asylum will be under consideration again after three years. Therefore, if Gruevski isn’t granted a citizenship, then the decision even if it is not under consideration on request of the government, under Hungarian law it will be under review every three years – said Deskoska.

Until now, she says, there haven’t been any problems with Hungary regarding extradition and that Hungary has never raised an issue regarding the condition of the prison system, nor regarding doubts about the judiciary in order to refuse extradition.

Bosnjakovski: We are preparing a 400 page extradition order for Gruevski

Skopje, 15 November, 2018 - 18:26 (META) 

The extradition process for the fugitive Nikola Gruevski has begun, government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski said at a press conference in Government.

“The Ministry of Justice is collecting all the necessary documentation for the case, which is extensive and approximately 400 pages. When completed and translated, it will be sent to Hungary. It will happen in the next few days,” said Bosnjakovski.

He pointed out that they are still determining the manner in which Gruevski left the country and whether someone assisted him. Bosnjakovski stated that the internal affairs of the Ministry of Interior are investigating whether police officers helped Gruevski flee and said more detailed information on when the investigation will be announced when it is completed.

International arrest warrant for Gruevski after the court confirms he is in Budapest

Skopje, 13 November, 2018 - 16:16 (META) 

The Criminal Court is waiting to confirm information that convicted MP Nikola Gruevski is in Budapest, and then request to issue an international arrest warrant.

“In regards to the eventual issuing of an international arrest warrant, when the competent authorities determine that the defendant is not located in the country, or confirm the authenticity of the information that that person is located in Budapest, then, a judge will be informed for the enforcement of sanctions and the judge will immediately issue an order for an international arrest warrant,” the court said.

The court went on to say that Gruevski was deprived of personal and diplomatic passports which remain in court, and all certain measures against him were confirmed by the Court of Appeal.

Today, the president of the Criminal Court, Ivan Dzolev, said that the court can not determine the measure of detention on its own initiative, but that it is always at the request of the prosecution.

“From the very beginning of the “Tank” case, the Prosecution did not request a measure of detention for the accused Nikola Gruevski,” said Dzolev.

He pointed out that Nikola Gruevski’s two passports, both diplomatic and his personal passport – were seized by the court and the measure was announced in the “Titanic” case, while in the “Tank” case there was no proposal for securing any property nor a proposal for a measure to ensure his attendance.

If has been officially confirmed that former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski fled to Hungary, the Ministry of Justice will submit a request for extradition after receiving a notification from the Ministry of Interior where Gruevski is located and that an international arrest warrant has been issued for him.

Gruevski was sentenced to two years in prison in the “Tank” case for illegally procuring a luxury Mercedes, led by the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Supreme Court in Athens rules against extradition of Grujevski and Boskovski

Athens, 18 May, 2018 - 19:21 (META) 

Goran Grujevski and Nikola Boskovski will not be extradited to Macedonia to be tried for decades of illegal wiretapping.

The Supreme Court in Athens ruled that the two should not be handed over to the country because there are no conditions for a fair trial.

Earlier, the Thessaloniki court came to a different decision than the Supreme Court in Athens. The court there ruled that they should be extradited to Macedonia, a procedure that has lasted for months due to the lack of official translation into Macedonian.

However, according to Greek law, the Greek Minister of Justice has the last word on the extradition of Grujevski and Boskovski, who can make the personal decision whether the two will be extradited from Greece.

Otherwise, two more proceedings are being conducted before Greek authorities. One is for the false Bulgarian passports which the two wanted to use to flee to Budapest from Thessaloniki airport with false identities. The other procedure is for the application of political asylum, which they have filed in fear that they will not receive a fair trial in Macedonia.

Thessaloniki court gives the green light for the extradition of Grujevski and Boshkovski

Skopje, 5 January, 2018 - 13:12 (META) 

The Thessaloniki Council of Judges ruled that former Chiefs of the Security and Counterintelligence Administration (UBK) Goran Grujevski and Nikola Boskovski to be extradited to Macedonia, reported the Voria portal.

According to the same source, immediately after the announcement of the verdict, the two defendants appealed the decision to the Supreme Court in Greece.

As “Voria” writes, Grujevski and Boskovski demanded that the hearing be in front of cameras because they were afraid for their lives.

Otherwise, initially the decision of the Thessaloniki court was due to be announced on December 22nd last year, but the verdict was adjourned and rescheduled for today because Grujevski and Boskovski complained that they did not understand the translator who was from Bulgaria.

Grujovski and Boskovski are charged in the cases of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for the “Target” and “Fortress” cases, related to the illegal wiretapping of over 20,000 people in the country and the destruction of the equipment for wiretapping.

They were arrested on October 18th at Thessaloniki Airport trying to leave for Budapest with counterfeit Bulgarian passports.

The extradition decision for Grujevski and Boshkovski is postponed for the 5th of January

Thessaloniki, 22 December, 2017 - 14:52 (META) 

On the 5th of January, it shall be finally revealed whether the former UBK heads, Goran Grujovski and Nikola Boshkovski shall be extradited to Macedonia. The verdict of the court in Thessaloniki has been postponed until then.

The verdict was supposed to be published today, but Grujevski and Boshkovski have appealed that they didn’t understand the translator who was from Bulgaria.

At the hearing that took place this past Wednesday, the Greek Public Prosecutor proposed the Judiciary Council to approve an extradition.

If the court in Thessaloniki decides to approve an extradition, they have the right to appeal the decision at the Supreme Court of Greece in a period of 24 hours.

Both former directors, together with the former Head of UBK, Sasho Mijalkov, the former Minister of Interior, Gordana Jankuloska and ten other persons are accused in the “Fortress” and “Target” cases.

Grujovski’s and Boskovski’s trial in Thessaloniki has been postponed until December 1st

Thessaloniki, 24 October, 2017 - 18:14 (META) 

The trial against former intelligence officers, Goran Grujovski and Nikola Boshkovski, which was meant to take place today in a Thessaloniki court, was postponed until December 1st, reported “Televizija 24”.

The hearing was postponed because the court did not have a translator.

Macedonian authorities issued international warrants for Grujovski and Boskovski, following the indictment by the Special Prosecutor’s Office for illegal wiretapping and for the destruction of the wiretapping systems, cases known under the code names “Fortress”, “Target” and “Fortress 2”. They were both arrested last week at the airport in Thessaloniki, when they attempted to board a plane to Budapest with fake Bulgarian passports.

On the false passports, Grujovski and Boskovski had false identities, they were traveling under the names Hristo Atanasov and Nedzbi Hasan.

On Friday, the Macedonian Ministry of Justice ordered Basic Court Skopje 1 to prepare the documentation for the extradition of Grujovski and Boskovski.