Appellate Court confirms two-year prison sentence for Gruevski

Appellate Court confirms two-year prison sentence for Gruevski

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 Appelatte Court in Skopje.