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Police: Gruevski fled to Hungary via Albania and Montenegro

Macedonia has in the meantime issued an arrest warrant for the former prime minister, who has been sentenced to two years in prison for abuse of office during the purchase of an armored Mercedes car, while Gruevski is now seeking political asylum in Hungary.

Macedonia's Gruevski Fled via Albania and Montenegro, Police Confirm

Albania police confirmed on Thursday evening that Macedonia's former Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, travelled through Albania to Montenegro on November 11 via the Hani I Hotit/Bozaj border crossing.

He travelled as a passenger in a car owned by the Hungarian embassy in Albania, according to the police announcement.

Macedonia Expects Hungary to Extradite Gruevski

Macedonia will send Hungary a formal extradition request for the runaway former prime minister Nikola Gruevski in the next few days, government spokesperson Mile Bosnjakovski said on Thursday.

Struma Motorway in Sandanski-Kresna Section Will be Opened in Early December

''The Struma motorway in the section between Sandanski and Kresna will be officially opened at the beginning of December'', Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told a briefing after his meeting with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, the Bulgarian National Television reports.

PM attends digitization summit in Sofia

The aim of the Digital Agenda is digital transformation and modernisation of public administration, greater cyber security and the improvement of business climate in the region.

The Summit has been opened by Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov and European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel.

Landslide in PPC plant reveals prehistoric tusk

Crews working at an area in Western Macedonia where a lignite mine used by Public Power Corporation (PPC) collapsed last year have unearthed a two-meter prehistoric tusk, state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported on Wednesday.

Kurz invites Western Balkans PMs to Vienna on Nov. 19

The talks will be attended by the prime ministers of Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, the chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the prime minister of the interim institutions in Pristina.

The Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabic is also expected to attend the Vienna meeting.

Gruevski's Asylum Plea Puts Orban on Spot

Macedonian authorities on Wednesday said they will ask Hungary to extradite fugitive Ex-PM Nikola Gruevski, who fled to Budapest to evade serving a two-year jail sentence and four more ongoing trials.

EU Warns Against 'Politicising' Gruevski Case

After the Macedonian Interior Ministry said former prime minister Nikola Gruevski had fled to Hungary and was applying for political asylum there, an EU spokesperson told BIRN that Brussels was following events and hoped the case would not be politicised. 

Gruevski's Escape Spells Detention for His Former Associates

Macedonian authorities detained the country's former transport minister, Mile Janakieski, and the former government secretary general, Kiril Bozinovski, on Wednesday after their former boss, ex-prime minister Nikola Gruevski, fled the country to avoid a jail sentence.

The Skopje Criminal Court ordered 30 days of detention for both of them.

Fugitive Macedonian Ex-PM 'Seeking Asylum in Hungary'

Amid an ongoing police search for Nikola Gruevski in Macedonia, a message posted on the former prime minister's Facebook page on Tuesday said that he is in Budapest, seeking political asylum from the authorities there.

"In the past few days I have received numerous threats on my life," said the message.

Ex-Macedonian PM seeks political asylum in Hungary

"I am in Budapest and I have requested political asylum from the authorities in Hungary," Gruevski wrote on Facebook on Tuesday. He added that in the past few days, he received death threats.

Macedonia Police Intensify Hunt for Ex-PM Gruevski

Police launched a wide search for former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski after he failed to show up for three days to start serving his two-year jail sentence for the illicit purchase of a luxury limousine.

Macedonia Issues Arrest Warrant for Former PM Gruevski

By the order of the Criminal Court in Skopje, Macedonian police on Monday confirmed that they had issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister Nikola Gruevski who is to serve his two-year jail sentence.

This was issued after the Appeal Court last Friday rejected the former prime minister's appeal for a postponement of his sentence.