The Supreme Court of North Macedonia announced on Sept. 18 that it had confirmed the verdicts that had been handed down to former prime minister Nikola Gruevski and former interior minister Gordana Jankuloska for the illegal purchase of an armored car while they were in power.
Former prime minister and then leader of the VMRO-DPMNE party Gruevski, former interior minister Jankuloska and her assistant Gjoko Popovski were convicted in May 2018, on an indictment filed by the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Wiretapped Conversations, of the illegal purchase of a luxury armored Mercedes S600 Guard in 2012 for close to EUR600,000.
The Supreme Court says in the statement that it has decided to reject the appeals filed by Gruevski, Jankuloska and Popovski and has confirmed the final verdict of the Court of Appeal.
According to the ruling of the Skopje Court of Appeal, the verdict confirmed to Gruevski was handed down by the Basic Criminal Court in Skopje – a two-year prison sentence, a four-year prison sentence to Jankuloska and four years and six months in prison to Gjoko Popovski.
Popovski is the only of the three to currently be serving his prison sentence. Gruevski escaped to Hungary in November 2018, after the verdict became final, to avoid serving his prison sentence. In the case of Jankuloska, who gave birth during the trial, the Supreme Court postponed her going to prison until a decision was made on the appeal.