Tuesday, 11 December 2018 | News today: 14

Appellate Court confirmed Gruevski’s expectations – no crime, but there is a sentence

The Appellate Court in Skopje dismissed an appeal by former prime minister Nikola Gruevski, as being ‘groundless’, against a ruling over a two-year prison sentence.

The Skopje court partially upheld an appeal by a defendant, namely the former associate interior minister, Gjoko Popovski. It changed a section of the sentencing decision and sentenced him to a 4,6 years in prison all the while affirming the remaining section of the first-instance ruling.

The Skopje Criminal Court on 23 May 2018 after a trial regarding the purchase of a €600,000 Mercedes Benz sentenced Gjoko Popovski to 6,6 years in prison and Nikola Gruevski was sentenced to two years for acting as an ‘instigator’.

The two men filed appeals to the first-instance ruling to the Appellate Court in Skopje.

Otherwise, the Mercedes, which was purchased during Gruevski’s term, is still used by the Government. They use this Mercedes to transport foreign officials coming to the country. Lastly, the vehicle was used during the visit of Angela Merkel, Jens Stoltenberg, Sebastian Kurz and others.