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North Macedonia criticizes Interpol over fugitive ex-premier

May 8, 2019

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s top prosecutor is accusing Interpol of allegedly refusing to issue an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who has fled to Hungary to avoid serving a jail sentence.

Prosecutor Vilma Ruskovska claimed Wednesday that the international police body has provided no explanation for its alleged decision.

Gruevski, who governed the country from 2006-2016, absconded to Hungary last year after receiving a 2-year jail sentence over the unlawful purchase of a luxury car. Hungary has granted him asylum and North Macedonia is seeking his extradition.

The Interpol warrant that North Macedonia wanted issued was on additional charges of allegedly being one of the organizers of a violent parliament invasion in 2017. These charges, if proved, carry a maximum 20-year prison sentence.