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PMO Chief: Gruevski is Treated Like Other, Ordinary Refugees

Hungary Today 2019.06.21.

In his regular press briefing on Thursday, PMO Chief Gergely Gulyás claimed that the government had not entered into any contractual relationship with the convicted former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski.

Gruevski receives the same amount of help as anyone else given refugee status, Gulyás claimed. He also said he had no knowledge of any changes to Gruevski’s refugee status, adding that the decision on whether or not to extradite him will be made by the courts.

In November 2018, Gruevski fled his country days before he was due to go to jail for corruption charges. He was helped by Hungarian diplomats and authorities to flee to Hungary, where he was soon granted asylum. Last week, he was accidentally spotted secretly meeting with István Joó, the Deputy State Secretary for Export Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Afterwards, the Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó, admitted that he regularly meets and consults with Gruevski about Balkans issues.