Court of Appeals Affirms 2 Year Prison Term for Gruevski

The Appellate Court in Skopje dismissed an appeal by former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, as being ‘groundless’, against a ruling over a two-year prison sentence. The Skopje court partially upheld an appeal by a defendant, namely the former associate interior minister, Gjoko Popovski. It changed a section of the sentencing decision and sentenced him to a 4.6 years in prison all the while affirming the remaining section of the first-instance ruling. The Skopje Criminal Court on 23 May 2018 after a trial regarding the purchase of a €600,000 Mercedes Benz sentenced Gjoko Popovski to 6.6 years in prison and Nikola Gruevski was sentenced to two years for acting as an ‘instigator’.