Με απόφαση του δικαστηρίου των Σκοπίων, ο πρώην πρωθυπουργός Νίκολα Γκρουέφσκι καταδικάστηκε σε δύο χρόνια φυλάκιση μιας και δεν μπόρεσε να δικαιολογήσει την αγορά πολυτελέστατου οχήματος αξίας 600.000 ευρώ.
Εκτός του πρώην πρωθυπουργού Γκρουέφσκι το δικαστήριο επέβαλλε κάθειρξη 6,5 ετών και στον πρώην υπουργό Εσωτερικών Γκιόκο Ποπόφσκι για κατάχρηση δημοσίων πόρων.
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The criminal court sentenced the former prime minister and former leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, in the court case “Tenk”, to two years in prison, for the procurement of the luxury bulletproof “Mercedes” which costs 35 million and 266 thousand denars, i.e. 575.000 euros.
Gruevski, who did not appear in the courtroom to hear the verdict, and he was charged for “receiving a reward for illegal influence”.
This is the first verdict to Nikola Gruevski in the cases that the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office (SPО) have been conducted against him.
Former Assistant Minister of Public Procurement in the Interior Ministry, Gjoko Popovski, who was charged for abusing his office position and authority, was sentenced to six years and six months.
Nevertheless, both should pay court costs, which is 325,584 denars.
Former Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska was charged with the same crime, but the procedure for her was singled out for “risky pregnancy”.
“It is undoubted that the vehicle “Mercedes” was purchased and that the defendants knew that it was an extremely expensive car. Gruevski asked for, and Jankuloska carried out an official act that she was not allowed to do it and she prompted Popovski to do the crime which is an abuse of office position. Defendants favored the economic operator “Mak Autostar”, said the judge Dobrila Kacarska before announcing the verdict.
According to Kacarska, from the presented evidence among which tapped conversations have not been published yet, the court found out that as early as February 2012, two months before the tender was made public, in a telephone conversation Gruevski with Gordana Jankulovska said that he has seen all three prospects and that he was only interested in “what M is”. Then, on 30th of March, the same year, a month before the tender was made public, the responsible person in the “Mak Autostar” in the import department booked the vehicle at the headquarters in Stuttgart, and then in another mail ten days later. he informed them that the job would certainly be arranged for the vehicle to be delivered.
Kacarska added that it was confirmed from the evidence that the defendant Gjoko Popovski was already in communication with “Mak Autostar” and asked them for an exact specification of “Mercedes” for precisely that specification to be placed in the public tender, which undoubtedly shows that the tender was set up to get the car that Gruevski wanted.
Regarding the explanation of the verdict, it was said that from the other evidence, it was obvious that in a constant coordination of Jankuloska, Popovski and the employees of the Ministry of Interior who had to write the tender, everything was done to exclude the possibility of another competitor appearing, i.e. she carried on saying, similar vehicles were offered “BMW” and “Audi”, but the tender was written for specific gearbox, rear-wheel drive and engine power as well as for other technical equipment.
Jankuloska and the former government general secretary, Kiril Bozinovski, communicated intensively regarding the procurement from March till July, and he was precisely informed that the job was arranged for Gruevski to get the Mercedes he wanted.
The “bomb” for the procurement for the luxury bulletproof “Mercedes” was released over three years ago, on 13th of May. In January 2017 the SPO investigation began, and in January 2018 the trial started. SPO Prosecutors asked for conviction, because the procurement for the vehicle was purchased with budget money, a company was favored and it was the former prime minister’s own wish and caprice.