Hungary did not assist Gruevski's escape from Macedonia

Hungary had no hand in former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski fleeing his country to avoid a prison sentence, minister in charge of the Prime Minister's Office Gergely Gulyás said at a press conference.

Gulyás said Gruevski - who has been sentenced to two years in prison on corruption charges - showed up at a Hungarian diplomatic mission at an undisclosed location, but not in Macedonia.

He said Hungary did not have any part in getting him out of his country. Gruevski's whereabouts - after he did not begin his prison sentence and seemed to have disappeared from Macedonia - became known on Tuesday when he posted on his Facebook page that his was in Budapest and applying for political asylum after "countless threats" on his life.


Gulyás said that Hungary "in no way" wished to "intervene in the internal affairs of sovereign countries, and we consider the assessment of the former Macedonian prime minister's asylum request to be solely a legal issue".

Title image: Minister in charge of the Prime Minister's Office Gergely Gulyás at a press conference. (MTI/Noémi Bruzák)

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