Mafia murders shock Serbia, reveal web of corruption

July/August 2018
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Mafia murders shock Serbia, reveal web of corruption. A prominent lawyer who defended Slobodan Milosevic was murdered on the street in Serbia. As the 19th such killing this year, the crime has cast suspicion on the region's web of corruption at high levels.


Serbian Minister of Finance Ordered by Court to Return Illegally Acquired Land

July/August 2018
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Serbian Minister of Finance ordered by Court to return illegally acquired land. The Appellate Court in Belgrade upheld a verdict ordering former mayor and current Minister of Finance, Sinisa Mali, to return illegally acquired land back to the government.


Belgrade Court Refused Extradition of Romanian Businessman

July/August 2018
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Belgrade Court Refused Extradition of Romanian Businessman. High Court in Belgrade discarded an appeal from Romania for extradition of the controversial businessman Sebastian Gita, who was under investigation over corruption case connected to Tony Blair, and the explanation for it was that he received an asylum in Serbia. Gita was indicted in Romania for eight crimes, among others for blackmailing, bribery, money laundering and giving out sensitive information.


Serbia could be removed from the FATF list of high-risk countries

July/August 2018
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Serbia could be removed from the FATF list of high-risk countries in terms of money laundering and business security, where it was included last February. Prime Minister Brnabic emphasized that Serbia fulfilled all conditions to be removed from the list. American Secretary of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, said that USA were pleased with measures implemented by Serbia so far.


Russia's central bank and Serbia's securities regulator sign cooperation deal

July/August 2018
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Russia's central bank and Serbia's securities regulator sign cooperation deal. Russia's central bank said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Serbia's Securities Commission to allow information exchange between the two institutions. The agreement envisages cooperation in the supervision and monitoring of compliance with applicable legislation relating to the securities and derivatives markets, combating money laundering and terrorism financing, among others.


Kosovo* appoints fugitive from Serbia as constitutional court judge

July/August 2018
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Kosovo* appoints fugitive from Serbia as constitutional court judge. Kosovo* President Hashim Thaci has appointed a judge who fled from Serbia to Kosovo* to avoid a prison sentence for corruption to serve on the constitutional court. Laban will be one of nine judges at the court, filling one of the posts set aside for the country's minorities. According to Serbia’s court records, Laban was sentenced in 2011 to six years in prison for corruption as an official of the Serbian Customs.


Serbian Government adopts the Action Plan for the Implementation of Recommendations from ML/TF Risk Assessment

July/August 2018
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Serbian Government adopts the Action Plan for the Implementation of Recommendations from ML/TF Risk Assessment. The Government of Serbia adopted the national Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment (ML/TF Risk Assessment) on 31 May 2018. The assessment is a result of cooperation among relevant state authorities and representatives of the private sector (financial and non-financial), and was carried out in line with the World Bank methodology.


Whistleblowers needed

June 2018
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Whistleblowers needed. President Aleksandar Vucic said that Serbia needs more whistleblowers, and expressed hope that Serbia would change its attitude towards them, because that is of utmost importance for the country's progress. The Law on the Protection of Whistleblowers applies from 5 June 2015, and before its entry into force, about 1,200 judges and more than 300 judicial assistants were included in the compulsory training programme.


Criminal group arrested for money laundering

June 2018
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Criminal group arrested for money laundering. The police arrested 15 persons on suspicion of having committed several criminal offenses, including the abuse of power, tax evasion and money laundering, thus obtaining assets worth at least 30.5 million dinars, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced.


Serbia adopts the Law on Ultimate Beneficial Owners Central Registry

June 2018
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Serbia adopts the Law on Ultimate Beneficial Owners Central Registry. n 25 May, the Serbian Parliament adopted the Law on Ultimate Beneficial Owners Central Registry and it entered into force on 8 June 2018.