The escape of former FYROM Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski to Hungary continues to be a mystery, while various scenarios are being voiced in Serbia as to how he reached Budapest.
Gruevski did not have a passport because it had been seized by authorities; the only way was to illegally cross the border (from an unguarded point) or use a forged travel document. Belgrade’s Politika newspaper reveals that Gruevski crossed the FYROM – Albania border with a fake passport on Sunday night to reach Tirana. From there he found refuge at the Hungarian embassy and the following day he was led to the airport to board a Malev flight – Politika claims – to Budapest.
The Serbian newspaper even mentions that Gruevski was disguised, wearing sunglasses and a hat so that he would not be recognized by passengers or airline staff. The report, which is presented as an exclusive, does not site sources nor is it signed by an editor, thus raising many questions about its validity.
Malev – the airline Gruevski allegedly used – has not been in operation since 2012. A low-cost airline offers the Tirana – Budapest flight, at night, not in the morning as the Serbian newspaper reported. On the other hand, it would be absurd to try to escape through Albania, given that Gruevski did not have good political relations with Edi Rama, who he previously accused of interfering in FYROM politics.
Another version of Gruevski’s escape is presented by the Serbian opposition, which is accusing Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic of helping his friend, the former FYROM premier, reach Hungary. According to this scenario, men from the Serbian Security and Intelligence Service (BIA) waited for Gruevski at some point on the border with FYROM and led him to the Hungarian border where he was handed over to Orban’s people.
An announcement by the PSG political group addresses the following questions to Serbia’s Aleksandar Vucic: How is Belgrade involved in the escape of Gruevski? Did he, in violation of the law, order the BIA to help Gruevski pass through Serbia?
This scenario is not based on any evidence and is characterized by a strong partisan element. It is based primarily on the fact that Vucic has good political and personal relations with Gruevski and Orban, and therefore his involvement in the case is seen as reasonable./IBNA