Gruevski: I’m in Budapest and I have asked for a political asylum

Skopje, 13 November, 2018 - 17:11 (META) 

In the last few days I received numerous threats. I’m in Budapest now and I have asked a political asylum from the Hungarian authorities. They I will remain loyal to Macedonia’cause. I will never stand down, and wrote Gruevski on his Facebook profile.

Gruevski was sentenced to two year imprisonment in the case of “Tank”
for the illegal purchase of a luxurious Mercedes that was led by SPO where he was the prime suspect. After the Basic Court could have located him to hand him over a referral document to go to jail, MoI issued an arrest warrant against Gruevski.

Zaev: I expect that Gruevski will not make us search for him

Skopje, 13 November, 2018 - 16:55 (META) 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has said yesterday that he doesn’t expect that the former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, for whom there is an arrest warrant – will flee.

– I have no information about the operation because I know that MoI has received a warrant from the court to issue an arrest warrant because a convicted person cannot be given a feral document to serve his sentence. He is I expect that Gruevski will not allow to have search warrants for him. For all remaining information you will have to ask Oliver Spasovski about it, said Zaev.

Criminal Council rejects appeal, Gruevski must surrender himself to Shutka Orizari prison

Skopje, 9 November, 2018 - 18:07 (META) 

The Criminal Council from the Basic Court Skopje 1 has rejected the appeal of the convicted former prime minister and honorary president of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski. He had appealed the ruling and two-year prison sentence, in the SPO’s “Tank” case and is now set to serve his sentence in Shuto Orizari prison.

“After receiving several questions from the media, we would like to inform the public that the Criminal Council of the Department for Organized Crime and Corruption at the Basic Court Skopje 1, acting on complaints raised by the defense and the defendant in the case KOK no. 59/17, from the prosecutor’s office designated as “Tank”, filed against the judge’s decision to execute sanctions, today held a meeting where, after examining the facts and evidence in the appeals, the Criminal Council issued a decision rejecting the appeals and confirming the ruling of the judge for execution of sanctions. The decision was sent to all parties in the case and will be executed immediately upon arrival,” announced the Basic Court Skopje 1.

This decision will be sent to Gruevski, after which he will immediately have to surrender himself to serve a prison sentence of two years.

If the decision does not reach him, then the police will arrest him and escort him to prison.

Parliament decides not to cancel Gruevski’s MP mandate

Skopje, 9 November, 2018 - 14:27 (META) 

Parliament decided not to cancel MPs mandate to former prime minister and former party leader of VMRo-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski.

Out of 87 present MPs, 58 have voted for taking away the mandate and 28 against. In order to cancel the mandate to an MP a two third majority is needed or a minimum of 80 MPs.

The proposal for canceling the mandate to MP Gruevski was submitted to the MPs by the Committee for the mandate – immunity affairs on basis of the received notification from the Basic Court Skopje 1, for the verdict where Gruevski was convicted to a jail for two years in the case named as “Tank”.

with a majority of votes, the Committee recommended cancellation of the mandate, but a two third majority wasn’t achieved today.

The MPs decision not to cancel Gruevski’s mandate will not postpone his sentence.

Gruevski will have to report today at the prison in Shutka, but his sentence may be delayed

Skopje, 8 November, 2018 - 11:20 (META) 

According to the referral document from the Criminal court, Nikola Gruevski will have to report today at the prison in Shuto Orizari, in order to serve his sentence of two years in prison because of the “Tank” case.

Starting from yesterday, the criminal court began receiving single pleas by all attorneys from Gruevski’s team upon the judge’s decision, who rejected to postpone his serving of the sentence. At the court’s address, a personal plea will arrive from Gruevski, after which the deadline of three days will start running out and during which the Criminal Court will have to decide whether it will postpone his sentence or he will be directed to serve his sentence immediately.

By filing a plea, the sentence is automatically delayed and depending on the time that the criminal court needs to make a decision, but it is limited to three days.

Yesterday, the Committee on rules of procedure, mandate and immunity affairs, with the majority of votes “for” has sent a recommendation to the Parliament to cancel his mandate as an MP of VMRO-DPMNE.

What will follow is a plenary session where a two third majority is needed in order to cancel his mandate, and if that happens, the former prime minister will have to serve his sentence.

Last week, Gruevski was asking for a postponement of the sentence, but his plea was rejected.

The former prime minister was sentenced to two years of imprisonment in the SPO led case, named as “Tank” for purchasing a Mercedez in the amount of 580.000 euros/

Last night, in front of the basic court 1 Skopje, members and supporters of VMRO-DPMNE were demanding a justice for the former party leader and were protesting the verdict.

At the protest, the president of the state was called upon, Gjorge Ivanov, to make a decision in order to stop this political trial that is carried out in Macedonia

The parliament will be deciding tomorrow whether it will cancel Gruevski’s mandate

Skopje, 5 November, 2018 - 15:57 (META) 

The Committee on rules of procedure, mandate and immunity affairs at the parliament will have to decide tomorrow whether MP Nikola Gruevski should continue to perform his duty as an MP. Gruevski was convicted to two-year imprisonment in the SPO case named “Tank” and on the 8th of November, he should report to serve his sentence. in this case, in order to call off his MP mandate, a two-third majority is necessary.

The eight MPs, members of the new parliamentary MP group that gave their votes for commencing of the changes of the Constitution in accordance to the Prespa Agreement and the name change, have already announced that they will not vote to abolish Gruevski’s mandate. After the parliamentary commission, this issue will be decided upon by the Parliament with a two-third majority.

To an MP who is convicted with an imprisonment of at least 5 years, the MP mandate is automatically abolished, as determined by the Parliamentary Rule book. in this case, a two-third majority will be needed at the parliamentary session. Without the votes from these eight MPs, there won’t be a majority.

Gruevski has already received the document to serve his sentence by the 8th of November. His plea for postponement of the verdict was rejected by a judge at the Basic Court Skopje 1. His defense now has the right to appeal to the Criminal council which has 3 days to decide upon the plea.

Gruevski: I wish for a stronger and united VMRO-DPMNE which will be able to fight against this evil

Skopje, 24 October, 2018 - 15:01 (META) 

The former president of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, said today that he doesn’t know any details concerning the evidence or the arguments about the dismissals within the party and that he withholds from any commenting regarding that. He also said that he wishes a stringer and united VMRO-DPMNE what will be able to “torn down this evil” because when VMRO-DPMNE is strong then Macedonia is also strong.

I received an invitation but I was unable to go the VMRO-DPMNE’s celebration. regarding Zoran Zaev’s reconciliation let him answer that – said Gruevski when he replied to a question posted by a journalist.

He said that he will use all legal opportunities for postponement of the sentence, and he also said that “we live in crazy times.”

-I’m not surprised by the decision. I remember the looks on the faces of my attorney’s when they told me about the decision. I knew it will happen. They didn’t believe that the decisions are politically motivated – said Gruevski.

In a tense atmosphere the Law on the Use of Languages was passed

Skopje, 14 March, 2018 - 19:14 (META) 

In a tense atmosphere at Parliament, with 64 votes “for” and with none “against”, the Law on the Use of Languages was passed ​​without a debate on the 36,000 amendments submitted by the opposition VMRO-DPMNE.

VMRO-DPMNE MPs protested again and were led by their former leader Nikola Gruevski who again approached the chair of the Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi and said “Do not force it” and “I will not do anything to you, but it is not good for you to force it “.

Currently, representatives of the government and the opposition are still present in the hall.

Previously, a smaller physical altercation between Gruevski and Xhaferi was prevented. Before the 15-minute break, the former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski stood directly in front of Xhaferi, hit the table with his hand, hit the bell, covered his microphone and as a final provocation, emptied the contents of his water glass before finally climbing up behind him switching off his microphone.

While Xhaferi came out of the hall, Gruevski approached him, but the Parliamentary security prevented a more serious altercation.

These latest developments in Parliament confirm that it was Nikola Gruevskui who was behind the attempts to block the work of Parliament, the reform process and Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic perspective, said SDSM in a statement.

They went on to say that “it is a confirmation that Hristijan Mickoski is just a uppet of the suspect Gruevski and that he does not have the capacity to reform VMRO-DPMNE”.

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Stoltenberg arrived at the meeting with Zaev with the government’s Mercedes

NATO’s General Secretary, Jens Stoltenberg arrived at the meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev with the Mercedes that is worth 600.000 euros and for which acquisition at the end of this month the former Prime Minister and leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski and the former Minister of Interior, Gordana Jankuloska will go to a trial.

Stoltenberg is the last in the line of high ranking foreign officials who during their visits to Skopje were driven in the government’s Mercedes which vehicle registration plates read СК 2936 АЦ (SK 2936 AC).

Among the high ranking officials from abroad, the first who used the Mercedes was the former UN’s General Secretary, Ban Ki-Moon, during his visit in July 2012. The “M thing,” as Gruevski used to name the vehicle in the “31st bomb” that was revealed by SDSM in 2015, also the Prime Minister of Bulgaria used the vehicle during his visit on the 1st of August last year when the Agreement for Goog Neighborly relations was signed.

Ont he 19th of October, the Government announced that the Mercedes’ ownership was transferred from MoI into the Service for general and common affairs and that a procedure for its expropriation was started and it will be exchanged for medical equipment.

VMRO-DPMNE voted Gruevski to be the party’s honorary president

Valandovo, 23 December, 2017 - 15:21 (META) 

When the long speech ended, the former leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski was voted as the party’s honorary president at the Congress that took place in Valandovo.

When the speech which lasted for an hour and a half about the party’s ups and downs, about the disappointments by his closest collaborators and after the messages for the new party leader, Koce Trajanovski suggested the delegates to vote for the proposal that Gruevski should be elected as the party’s honorary president.

The proposal was accepted without any vote that was against or was withhold after which Gruevski received a plaque as an expression of gratitude for his work in the party.

The party’s delegates have left for a lunch at a local restaurant and the continuation of the Congress will resume at 15h.