Former Macedonian PM faces fraud charges

Former Macedonian prime minister Vlado Buckovski and retired chief of general staff Metodij Stambolski have been charged with defrauding the state of three million euros, local media reported on Thursday.

Former Macedonian PM faces fraud charges

Former Macedonian prime minister Vlado Buckovski and retired chief of general staff Metodij Stambolski have been charged with defrauding the state of three million euros, local media reported on Thursday.

The Macedonian parliament Wednesday night stripped Buckovski, a deputy of the opposition Social Democratic Party of his parliamentary immunity to pave the way for criminal charges and Stambolski has already been ordered a 30-day detention, MIA news agency said.

The two have been charged with defrauding the state to the sum of three million euros in 2001 as part of a purchase deal of spare parts for tanks from Bulgaria, which they allegedly shared with a third man, Mitar Petkovski, the director of Skopje metallurgy complex "Tito". Petkovski has also been arrested and given a 30-day detention order.

Buckovski, who lost in last year's parliamentary election to the right wing VMRO DPMNE party, denied the charges, saying it was just a revenge smear campaign orchestrated by his political opponents and new prime minister Nikola Gruevski.

However local media speculated that after being stripped of parliamentary immunity Buckovski's arrest was imminent .

AKI

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