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The national police (ORFK) have dropped an investigation into issues around former Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski’s flight to Hungary, ORFK told MTI. The investigation, launched in December last year “under suspicion of human smuggling and other crimes against an unidentified perpetrator” was terminated due to a lack of criminal activities, the police said. Before the announcement, several websites quoted the police’s decision as saying that Gruevski had valid travel documents when crossing borders on his way from his country to Hungary.
Gruevski held office between 2006 and 2016. An arrest warrant was issued on November 12 after he had failed to start a two-year prison sentence for corruption. He announced on his Facebook page two days later that he was in Budapest and has submitted a request for political asylum. An international arrest warrant was issued in Skopje on the same day and he announced a week later on his public media page that he had received the asylum status in Hungary.