The Commission for Rules of Procedure and Mandate-Immunity Issues, with five votes in favor, adopted the six requests from the Criminal Court to strip MP Nikola Gruevski of his immunity for the purpose of detention. Not a single MP from the opposition VMRO-DPMNE, whose honorary president is Gruevski, was present at the session.

The court seeks the detainment of Gruevski for election fraud in the “Titanic” case, for irregularities during the construction of highways in the “Trajectory” case, the demolition of the Cosmos building in the “TNT” case, for the unlawful financing of the party in the “Thaler” case, as well as the “Slaps” case in the Municipality of the Centre.

Decisions for the requests to approve the detention measure will be sent to Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi, who will then call for a plenary session.

Commission President Pavle Bogoevski expressed his disappointment saying that our system did not ensure Gruevski serve the two-year sentence for the “Tank” case. He asked for accountability and the investigation into Gruevski’s escape be completed.

In order to strip Gruevski of his parliamentary immunity, at least 61 votes are needed.