Macedonian ex-minister jailed over ex-premier’s flashy car

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian criminal court has sentenced a former interior minister to six years in prison over the purchase of a luxury bulletproof car for the government.

Ex-minister Gordana Jankuloska was found guilty Monday of abuse of power after the court found she unlawfully influenced officials at her ministry to recommend the purchase in 2012. The 600,000-euro ($690,000) Mercedes was for the use of then-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

Jankuloska, 42, denied wrongdoing. She will remain free pending appeal.

Gruevski, whose conservative party governed from 2006-2015, was sentenced to two years in prison this year in the same case. His has party accused the country’s left-led government of political bias.

The vehicle is now out of use.

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