Serbian Anti-Corruption Agency Chief Resigns

November 2017
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Serbian Anti-Corruption Agency Chief Resigns. Majda Krsikapa has resigned as head of the Serbian Anti-Corruption Agency. As stated in Agency's official statement, the resignation was submitted during a phone conference, while the same session unanimously appointed Verka Atanaskovic as the Agency’s acting director. The agency was in the public spotlight most recently in late September, concerning the case of an apartment purchased by Minister Aleksandar Vulin and irregularities in political party financing concerning President Vucic's election campaign.


Paradise Papers Reveal Serbian Minister’s Giant Fortune

November 2017
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Paradise Papers Reveal Serbian Minister’s Giant Fortune. International 'Paradise Papers' investigation shows that Minister for Innovation and Technological Development, Nenad Popovic, is probably the richest politician in Serbia, with a fortune worth at least US$75 million. Popovic has denied that any of his companies are registered in the off-shore tax havens mentioned in the Paradise Papers investigation, claiming they are all registered in Russia and Europe.


Serbian Parliament Secretary Sent Herself on Business Trips

November 2017
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Serbian Parliament Secretary Sent Herself on Business Trips. The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACAS) recommended the dismissal of Serbian Parliament General Secretary, Svetislava Bulajic, saying that she sent herself on business trips to Istanbul, Kiev, Edinburgh and Warsaw in 2017, news agencies reported on 29 November 2017. The ACAS ruling said that she approved for herself overtime pay and received a total of 164,063 Dinars for the period from November 2016 to July 2017 without informing the ACAS about the conflict of interest.


Serbian President Claims Clean Campaign Finances amid allegations of fraud

October 2017
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Serbian President Claims Clean Campaign Finances amid allegations of fraud. Following a journalistic investigation into the financing of election campaign by Serbia’s ruling party, President Vucic says his party’s finances are “clean as a whistle”. The investigation showed how his party has used proxy donors to disguise the true source of campaign gifts – which are illegal under Serbia’s law on the financing of political activities.


Zero Tolerance in Corruption Cases

October 2017
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Zero Tolerance in Corruption Cases. Justice Minister, Nela Kuburović, announced that as of March next year, special teams trained in combatting financial crime will be dealing with corruption crimes. A new law has been introduced that establishes four separate departments that will deal solely with criminal offenses with corruption elements. Anyone committing crimes involving corruption, money laundering, tax evasion or damage to a state or municipal budget will be subject to the special teams.


Prosecution Fined One Million Dinars for Keeping Silent on Savamala Case

October 2017
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Prosecution Fined One Million Dinars for Keeping Silent on Savamala Case. The Commissioner for Information of Public Importance has, in the course of 2017, sanctioned the Higher Public Prosecution in Belgrade for a total sum of one million dinars for covering up information from the public, above all in the case of the demolition of buildings in the Belgrade quarter of Savamala.


Serbia’s Prosecutor Dismisses Case against Defence Minister

October 2017
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Serbia’s Prosecutor Dismisses Case against Defence Minister. Prosecutor Ristic could have ordered further investigation, but she chose to close the case, accepting Minister Vulin’s suspicious explanations and evidence, which the anti-corruption agency previously dismissed. Investigating the minister’s ability to afford his 107 square meter apartment in Belgrade, Serbia’s anti-corruption agency grew suspicious after Vulin explained that his wife’s aunt from Canada lent the couple €205,000 (US$ 245,000) to buy the property and submitted unconvincing evidence for his claim.


Defence Minister under scrutiny regarding origins of property

September
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Defence Minister under scrutiny regarding origins of property. Serbia’s Defense Minister, Aleksandar Vulin, told the country’s anti-corruption agency that his wife’s aunt from Canada lent him US$ 245,000 to buy their Belgrade apartment, but submitted unconvincing evidence for his claim, Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) reported. After KRIK investigated the origin of money which Defence Minister used to buy an apartment, his party called KRIK’s editor a “drug addict”.


The Head of the Internal Affairs Department of the Ministry of Interior is dismissed

September 2017
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The Head of the Internal Affairs Department of the Ministry of Interior is dismissed. The Internal Control Department of the Ministry of Interior, among other things, is in charge of establishing responsibility in the chain of command of the police and determining the reasons for police failure in the Hercegovacka Street case, when unidentified persons forcefully demolished houses in an overnight raid in order to make room for the Belgrade Waterfront project. One of the most important documents in the investigation of this case is the report of the Internal Control Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which was only recently submitted to the High Prosecutor.


Survey Shows Balkan Citizens Still Trust 'Corrupt' Police

September 2017
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Survey Shows Balkan Citizens Still Trust 'Corrupt' Police. A new survey published by a regional network of NGOs shows that well over half of all surveyed citizens in the Western Balkans - 58 per cent - trust their police forces despite viewing them as corrupt. The popular belief that the police are both corrupt and trustworthy at the same time suggests people have accepted that corruption is widely present in the police, and have become accustomed to it as an inevitable.


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