With the confiscated passport of the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, not only the rights of one person are being violated, but the rights of hundreds of thousands of people – members, voters and supporters of the main opposition party in the country are being obstructed as well. This was part of the arguments from Gruevski’s lawyers at today’s public session at the Court of Appeals after requesting that his passport be returned and the obligation to appear once a week in court be terminated.

Otherwise, Gruevski was not present at the public session in the Court of Appeals today.

Dimitar Dangov, Gruevski’s defense, pointed out that Gruevski needs a passport to carry out his political activities, some of which are in foreign countries.

As confirmation, they submitted to the court and to SPO prosecutors, an invitation from the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, which had been sent to Gruevski.