Weekly news – 23 November 2018

Publikováno: 23. listopadu 2018

This week, asylum for political leaders under investigation for or charged with corruption has been on our minds, as we hear news coming from both Europe and Latin America.

Earlier this week, Nicola Gruevski, the former Prime Minister of Macedonia has reportedly been granted asylum by the Hungarian government, after fleeing his home country in what seems to be an attempt to avoid a two-year prison sentence. Gruevski has been convicted for unduly influencing public officials in the purchase of a luxury car during his tenure as Prime Minister. In 2016, he stepped down from the position following his implication in a wiretapping scandal that lead to one of three pending trials against him. Gruevski’s supporters claim that he is the victim of a political ‘witch-hunt’.

By granting Gruevski asylum, the Hungarian government is ignoring international judiciary standards and agreements such as the European Convention on Extradition, which applies to both countries.

We believe that Gruevski should face corruption charges in a free and fair hearing before a court of law.

Similarly, former Peruvian president Alan Garcia entered the Uruguayan embassy in Lima and applied for asylum, hours after being banned from leaving the country while under investigation for allegedly receiving bribes from Odebrecht (part of the Operation Car Wash corruption scandal).

The right of political asylum must not be abused to evade investigation and escape justice. International cooperation and strong, impartial judiciary systems are the only way to end impunity and ensure that the corrupt be held accountable.

News from Transparency International

EU whistleblower protection heads in the right direction

On Monday, the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted in favour of stronger protections in an EU-wide whistleblower directive that was proposed by the Commission in April. This will serve as the Parliament’s negotiating mandate in the coming discussions with the Council.

Granting asylum to Alan García would be a serious setback in the fight against corruption (Spanish)

The Executive Director of Transparency International’s chapter in Peru, Proética, warns that if the Uruguayan government grants diplomatic protection to the former Peruvian president, that would mean a serious setback in the fight against corruption in South America.

Hungarian officials must extradite former Macedonian prime minister

Transparency International and its chapters in Macedonia and Hungary, urge Hungarian officials to extradite Gruevski from Hungary, where he is currently seeking asylum in an attempt to avoid imprisonment after a non-appealable conviction for corruption.

 

Source: Transparency International

The right of political asylum must not be abused to evade investigation and escape justice. International cooperation and strong, impartial judiciary systems are the only way to end impunity and ensure that the corrupt be held accountable.