The Hungarian government has confirmed that it will give asylum to those that are “in fact persecuted” in their homeland.
Balázs Hidvéghi, communications chief of ruling Fidesz, said that in line with Hungary’s “unbroken legal practice” asylum will be granted under a decision by the relevant authorities.
Hidvéghi made the statement following a question regarding former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski who is seeking political asylum in Hungary.
Hidvéghi said Gruevski is “at the moment being persecuted and threatened by a leftist government backed by George Soros”.
He added that in “some other, Socialist-led EU countries, such as Malta, journalists are murdered” while in other countries “political rivals are just threatened and harassed”.
Hidvéghi said he had no information as to how Gruevski had come to Hungary or where he was staying.
Gruevski held office for ten years, between 2006 and 2016. An arrest warrant was issued earlier this week after he failed to begin a two-year prison sentence for corruption.
As we revealed yesterday, he announced on his Facebook page on Tuesday that he was in Budapest and had asked the Hungarian authorities for political asylum.