Once again, Hungarian newspaper Népszava has asked the US State Department in Washington its opinion on Nikola Gruevski’s political asylum. Yesterday, Magyar Idők reported that former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski had been granted refugee status in Hungary. Gruevski confirmed the development.
The State Department said it’s paying special attention to Gruevski’s case, especially now that he has been granted political asylum in Hungary. It reaffirmed its previous position by pointing out that Gruevski was sentenced to two years in prison after a “thorough and transparent legal process.” The State Department added that
Mr. Gruevski is indicted in four pending criminal cases. We believe it is appropriate for the Macedonian legal process to proceed and for Mr. Gruevski to be held accountable within the Macedonian justice system.
Gruevski held office between 2006 and 2016. An arrest warrant was issued last week after he failed to report to jail to serve a two-year jail sentence for corruption. On Tuesday, he announced on his Facebook page that he was in Budapest and had requested political asylum. Skopje submitted extradition documents to Budapest on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó admitted that the staff of the Hungarian Embassy aided Nikola Gruevski in coming to Hungary.