“Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has been sentenced to two years in prison for corruption.

A court in Skopje found he had unlawfully influenced officials over the purchase of a luxury bulletproof Mercedes Benz worth €600,000 (£525,000, $700,000) in 2012.

It was the first of five cases against the long-serving leader to go to trial.

He was forced to leave office in 2016 after a year of protests and 10 years in power.

Prosecutors used secret recordings to show that Gruevski had influenced a member of a tender commission to promote a particular car dealer to supply the vehicle for his personal use. In return for this, he was alleged to have received money from the dealer.” (BBC News)