Ex-Macedonian PM stripped of immunity from corruption probe

Macedonia's parliament stripped on Thursday the country's former Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski of his immunity from prosecution for alleged involvement in an arms procurement scandal.

Ex-Macedonian PM stripped of immunity from corruption probe

Macedonia's parliament stripped on Thursday the country's former Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski of his immunity from prosecution for alleged involvement in an arms procurement scandal.

The lifting of his immunity was requested by Macedonian prosecutors as criminal charges were brought against him for abusing his office in an arms deal made in 2001 when he served as the country's defense minister.

Police could not arrest him while he was still enjoying immunity from prosecution as a member of parliament, news reaching here from Skopje reported.

Buckovski, who served as Macedonia's prime minister from 2004 to 2006, said he was a victim of "political witch hunt."

He claimed the allegations aimed to prevent him from testifying in the Hague later this month at the trial of Macedonian former Interior Minister Ljube Boskovski, who is on trial for war crimes committed during the ethnic conflict in 2001.

On Tuesday, Macedonia's former army chief of staff, retired General Metodi Stamboliski, was put under temporary detention on suspicion of over-ordering spare parts for T55 tanks in 2001, costing the country 3 million euros (4.14 million U.S. dollars).

Agencies

Last Mod: 03 Ağustos 2007, 13:28
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