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Hungary grants asylum to Gruevski?

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Hungarian Immigration and Asylum Office on Tuesday rendered a decision regarding the asylum claim of fugitive Nikola Gruevski, but no detailed have been released from the Office in terms of whether the request has been approved or rejected, Hungarian digital media 24.hu claims.

According to Hungarian news report, the authorities have granted Gruevski an asylum.

Makfax asked Hungarian Interior Ministry to confirm or deny media reports but it has not received any reply thus far.

Macedonia will today ask Hungary to extradite Nikola Gruevski, the former prime minister who escaped jail sentence in his own country and is seeking political asylum in Hungary.
Justice Minister Renata Deskoska-Trenevska said Tuesday that the formal request for hand-over of the convicted ex-prime minister is complete and it will be sent to Hungarian authorities today.
The justice minister said she read Hungarian news reports claiming that Gruevski has been already granted an asylum, but extradition request will be sent anyway.

Hungarian lawmakers in Hungarian parliament blasted Prime Minister Viktor Orban over the way Budapest is handling the case of Macedonia’s former prime minister.
Green opposition LMP has called for a parliamentary investigating committee to be set up to look into the case of former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski, who has sought political asylum in Hungary, the party said in Budapest on Monday

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said last Thursday that Gruevski’s recent request for asylum in Hungary “is a legal rather than political matter”. Hungary’s authorities will “assess the application fully in line with relevant international regulations,” his ministry said in a statement.

Gruevski ignored a summons to appear at a Skopje prison to serve a two-year sentence after being convicted of influencing officials to purchase a luxury car for government use. He also faces trial in four other cases that emerged from a wiretapping scandal which erupted in 2015 and plunged the country into a deep political crisis. He has been charged with abuse of office, electoral fraud, criminal association and incitement to violence.

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Arrest warrant issued for Spasov

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Former special police officer Igor Spasov, who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for murdering Martin Neskoski, is wanted on recall to prison after going missing.

Macedonian police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday after he failed to show up to begin his sentence. The arrest warrant has been published on the web-site of the Ministry of Interior.

The former member of special police force vanished after ignoring summons to serve time after he was sentenced in prison on murder charges.

The man had probably fled justice to avoid serving a 14-year jail sentence for a murder conviction. He was to report to Idrizovo correctional facility on 18 October.

The murder took place during a late-night celebration of VMRO-DPMNE’s victory in 2011 parliamentary elections.

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Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today

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The US Secretary of State’s Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, will visit North Macedonia on Tuesday.

Special Representative Palmer is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

The two are expected to discuss the bilateral relations between North Macedonia and the United States, including the US support for the country’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. They will exchange views on the situation in the country and the region.

In late August, the U.S. State Department appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer as special envoy for the Western Balkans with a mandate to help integrate the region into Western institutions.

US Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer  as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans.  In this role, Palmer will lead our efforts to strengthen U.S. diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions.

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Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron

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We can give arguments to reassure President Macron that “methodology prior to enlargement” proposal could be converted into “enlargement along with change in methodology”, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev wrote on his Facebook page, alluding to France’s Emmanuel Macron’s initiative for new enlargement methodology.

“We are not only a strategic interest, we are Europe. It means we will become a member of the European Union once we wrap up the comprehensive reform at home. The pre-accession process and closure of chapters will help us make it happen. The accession negotiations will help us wrap up domestic reform,” Zaev wrote on his Facebook page.

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