Monday, January 08, 2007

Ex Macedonian defense minister sentenced for power abuse

Former Macedonian Defense Minister Ljuben Paunovski was sentenced to three and a half years' imprisonment on Thursday for power abuse and embezzlement, news from Skopje reported.

A Skopje court brought in the verdict after a retrial, reversing the previous sentence of five and a half years.

Paunovski was accused of embezzling 1.5 million euros (1.89 million U.S. dollars) when he awarded contracts for Army's food procurement and illegal construction of apartment for military personnel to two companies in 2001.

The other accused were his deputy Kiril Georgiev, who got one year's imprisonment, Vladimir Talevski, two and a half years, and Ljupcho Petkovski, three years and a half.

The lawyers of the defendants said that they would appeal to the supreme court.

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