Hungarian Officials Must Extradite Former Macedonian Prime Minister

Joint statement from Transparency International Macedonia and Transparency International Hungary

Issued by Transparency International Secretariat

Following the issuing of an international warrant for the arrest of former Macedonian Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, Transparency International and its chapters in Macedonia and Hungary, urge Hungarian officials to extradite Gruevski from Hungary, where he is currently seeking asylum in an attempt to avoid imprisonment after a non-appealable conviction for corruption.

“This situation is a big test for the Macedonian and Hungarian authorities and needs to be addressed in accordance with Hungarian law,” said Slagjana Taseva, Chair of Transparency International Macedonia. “We call on Hungarian authorities to uphold the no impunity principle, as outlined in the European Convention on Extradition.”

In May 2018, Gruevski, who served as Prime Minister for ten years between 2006 and 2016, was sentenced to two years imprisonment for unlawful influence of government officials over the purchase of a luxury car. The Macedonian court

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