FYROM extradition request for two natonals held in Thessaloniki will be discussed on Dec. 13

An extradition request by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) for two of its nationals held in Thessaloniki will be examined on December 13, following a postponement by the appeals council of Thessaloniki.

The two men, 51 and 35 years old, are facing charges related to a phone tapping scandal which created a political crisis in FYROM during the premiership of Nikola Gruevsky. They were charged with “creation of a criminal organisation” and “committing crimes of high technology” during their employment at FYROM’s counter-intelligence service.

The two were arrested at the Thessaloniki international airport in October 2016 when they tried to leave the country for Budapest on fake Bulgarian passports.

The extradition question was set to be examined on Wednesday, before being postponed, while on Friday they will appear in court to be tried for the fake passports, a misdemeanor.

Both men have denied the charges from FYROM authorities and contend that being extradited to their country will endanger their lives.