Macedonian court rejects former PM’s request to postpone his imprisonment

SKOPJE, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) — The judge at the Macedonian Criminal court rejected on Friday the motion filed by Macedonia’s former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski to postpone the two-year prison sentence, the criminal court told the media in a statement.

Gruevski asked the court to postpone his imprisonment due on Nov. 8, citing his obligations as a member of parliament and the plan to write a book related to his Ph.D. thesis.

According to the statement of the criminal court, the judge rejected his request and the decision was sent to the parties involved in the procedure.

Gruevski was sentenced to a two-year imprisonment for the case codenamed “Tank” and according to the court order, he will have to report by Nov. 8 at Shutka prison in Skopje the latest.

On Oct. 5, the court found Gruevski guilty of acquiring personal gain and influencing officials in purchasing a new Mercedes vehicle in 2012 for more than 600,000 euros (681,000 U.S. dollars) and sentenced him to two-year imprisonment.

Gruevski was prime minister from 2006 to 2016, representing the right-wing VMRO-DPMNE party in Macedonia.

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