VMRO-DPMNE, court seizes opposition party’s headquarters in N.Macedonia

VMRO-DPMNE headquarters in Skopje, North Macedonia

Skopje’s Criminal Court decided to confiscate the headquarters of the Macedonian opposition party VMRO-DPMNE and 30 other district branches across North Macedonia due to allegations of illegal construction.

In addition, its former leader Nikola Gruevksi has been sentenced to another 6 years in prison for abuse of power to build the party’s headquarters in Skopje and its other branches illegally.

Together with this sentence, Gruevski has now been sentenced to a total of 25 years in prison.

The violation is said to have been conducted by contracting a construction firm which at the time had made 70% of its revenue through public tenders which goes against the law on political party’s financing.

The current leader of VMRO DPMNE Hristijan Mickoski has called this decision political and accused the judiciary of being completely influenced by the current administration.

In addition, he maintained his party’s ideas and power cannot be undone by taking away its headquarters.