Fugitive Gruevski sentenced to additional 1.5 years in prison – he will have to serve 3.5 years sentence in North Macedonia


Four years after the indictment, the former Macedonian prime minister and fugitive from justice, Nikola Gruevski was sentenced to one and a half years in prison in the “Violence at Centar Town Hall” case. With the first judgement, when he was sentenced to two years in prison, VMRO-DPMNE’s former president Gruevski will have to serve a total sentence of 3.5 years in prison.

Apart from Gruevski, the former Minister of Transport and Communications, Mile Janakieski got a suspended sentence. In the next 4 years, he mustn’t commit another felony, otherwise he will be imprisoned.

Gruevski was sentenced for inciting violence as the instigator of the vandal acts and the violence in the Town Hall of the Municipality of Centar in June 2013, after the local elections took, when the opposition candidate Andrej Zhernovski won.

The other five perpetrators, all of whom are supporters of VMRO-DPMNE received suspended sentences of 2 years. All of them were ordered to make up the damages caused to the town hall in the amount of 27.000 MKD.

Nikola Gruevski was indicteda in 6 cases (there is a verdict only for the Tank and Violence at Centar Town Hall). The remaining four are “Titanic,” “TNT,” “Trajectory” and “Talir” but he will not be prosecuted for the Trajectory case, because the statute of limitations expired.

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