A Macedonian court is hearing a private lawsuit by the country's prime minister against the opposition leader for alleged slanderous allegations concerning a bank sale.

Governing conservative leader Nikola Gruevski is seeking €50,000 in compensation from opposition Social-Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, and both appeared in court Tuesday.

Zaev has claimed that Gruevski allegedly received a bribe in 2004 from a Serbian businessman to facilitate the sale of a private bank to the Serb. Gruevski rejects that.

The trial is expected to take several days.