The Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office for Prosecuting Organized Crime and Corruption (BPPS-POCC) has announced that a pre-trial investigation has begun, due to suspicion that certain officials abused their official position, enabling Nikola Gruevski to flee Macedonia.

The prosecution says the decision to open the case was made “following information regarding the escape of the convicted N.G, as well as articles featured in the media and mounting public interest.”

“There are grounds for suspicion that certain officials, abused their official position and authority, thus enabling the offender to leave the Republic of Macedonia illegally. The case has been assigned to the competent prosecutor and within the pre-trial procedure, orders for gathering data related to the incident have been issued,” reads the statement.