Spasovski: The ones that should take responsibility are the ones that let Gruevski walk freely

The police searched yesterday the home of former prime minister Nikola Gruevski and several other locations will also be targeted. Other measures will also be taken, such as car checks, along with enhanced police presence at the exit of Skopje and border crossings, said Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski on Tuesday.

Minister Spasovski told reporters that police is analyzing all information available.

“We are analyzing all information and we cannot share everything with the public,” he added.

Asked if the police would enter the VMRO-DPMNE headquarters, Spasovski said they could enter any building with a proper court order, adding they did not intend to enter the party building yesterday, but only do checks in its vicinity.

“Gruevski was a free man until 4.30 p.m. yesterday, when the court issued the wanted circular. He had personal security personnel that is used when required, not round the clock. The security officers last saw him at about 11 p.m. on November 8,” said Spasovski.

He believes that the authorities ordering detention are the ones that should assume responsibility for the fact that Gruevski is currently a fugitive.

“These persons can freely move across the country and do their job, but when the judgment is passed they are not detained, although charged for a number of crimes. Detention is ruled in theft and robbery cases, but not for severe offences. The police is operating upon the orders issued by the court and cannot follow anyone all the time just because of the court proceedings against this person,” added Spasovski.

He said it is illegal for the police to follow these persons.

“This is a violation of the law. If we continue to follow as it had been done before, then we have a serious problem,” underlined Minister Spasovski.