Macedonia's former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has reportedly fled to Hungary after failing to show up to begin a two-year prison sentence.
The former premier was due to begin a term in prison for corruption from 9 November but did not surrender himself.
A Hungarian government spokesperson meanwhile told Reuters news agency that they could not comment on individual applications for asylum that were still being processed.
Mr Gruevski reportedly did not leave the country "through a legal border crossing", according to an anonymous police officer quoted by Reuters.
He served as Macedonian prime minister for a decade from 2006, and as leader of the VMRO-DPMNE party from 2003 until 2017. in protest against Mr Gruevski's government, which culminated in his resignation in January 2016.
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