Mace­do­nian ex-prime min­is­ter loses ap­peal over prison term

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

SKOPJE, Mace­do­nia - A for­mer Mace­do­nian prime min­is­ter on Fri­day lost his fi­nal ap­peal against serv­ing a two-year prison sen­tence over cor­rup­tion-re­lated charges.

A panel of judges at the Skopje crim­i­nal court said in a state­ment that they re­jected Nikola Gruevski’s ap­peal af­ter “re­view­ing all the facts and ev­i­dence” in the case.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear whether Gruevski in­tended to hand him­self in to au­thor­i­ties to serve the sen­tence.

The for­mer leader of the con­ser­va­tive main op­po­si­tion VMRO-DPMNE party was sen­tenced in May to two years in prison for un­law­fully in­flu­enc­ing In­te­rior Min­istry of­fi­cials over the pur­chase of a lux­ury ve­hi­cle. He was or­dered to present him­self at the cap­i­tal Skopje’s “Shuto Orizari” prison Thurs­day, but sub­mit­ted a last­minute ap­peal.

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