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Monitor weekly editorial, 22 October 2010
Crime and Amnesty

Deputy Director of the Croatian Office for fight against corruption and organised crime Slobodan Sasic, in his final word upon a marathon court trial, demanded 40 year prison sentences for each of the six defendants accused of killing Ivo Pukanic, co-owner of Croatian weekly Nacional, and his colleague Niko Franjic. Pukanic and Franjic were liquidated in 2008, in downtown Zagreb.

"Acts against freedom of journalistic expression have been committed, acts against democracy" – said Sasic. He explained that the group was assembled by Sreten Jocic1, allias Joca Amsterdam, while his right arm was Slobodan Djurovic2 a businessman from Bar. Jocic allegedly paid 1.5 million euros for the assassination.

The solicitors and financiers of this crime are still unknown. However: "only the tobacco mafia could provide such significant funds for funding criminal organisations" - claims Sasic. One of the witnesses in the process, Ratko Knezevic3, stated that the top bosses of the tobbacco cartel are Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic4 and his business partner Stanko Subotic Cane5

In another court investigation, Italian Prosecutor Giuzeppe Scelsi marked Milo Djukanovic as the leader of the group that smuggled cigarettes accross the Adriatic and caused multibillion euro damage to the Italian budget. Italian Supreme Appelate Court approved in 2004 an order for arrest of the Montenegrin Prime Minister, based on suspicion that he is the boss of an organised mafia group. Later on, the case against Djukanovic was archived. At the same, business between Berlusconi and our Prime Minister flourished. Montenegrin electricity utility was purchased by Italian A2A.6, which is now preparing, together with Djukanovic's government, to swamp Moraca and destroy Tara7

Although later on Mr Djukanovic's court case was archived, more precisely post-poned due to immunity, the Italian investigation against other members of the tobbacco mafia, mainly Djukanovic's intimates, is proceeding. In Serbia, Stanko Subotic Cane is being tried, as is also the cocaine trafficking band of transcontinental dimensions led by Darko Saric8 from Pljevlja.

Montenegrin judiciary is paralyzed. Much earlier than Pukanic, over here was liquidated Dusko Jovanovic, who also wrote about the tobacco mafia. Neither the direct perpetrators, nor the organisers and solicitors of the murder of Chief Editor of the daily Dan, have been identified. Also unresolved are assassinations of high police officers and businessmen, some of whom have been associated with tobacco and cocaine business ventures. Saric's associates from the indictment are freely strolling around in Montenegro, while their businesses are expanding. from Pljevlja.

Eighteen years upon the crime of deportation of refugees from Bosnia and Hercegovina9 only low ranked police officers are sitting on the courtroom bench. Efforts are underway to discredit the brave witness, police inspector Slobodan Pejovic, who on that grim year 1992 opposed the crime, and to make out of him a perpetrator of this horror, in which more than hundred people have perished. In the process, all means are being used to blur the context and to kill the truth. Pejovic went public long time ago, in the nineties, and experienced a torment.

According to Pejovic's and other testimonies, the order for arrest of refugees was signed by the then police minister Pavle Bulatovic, who was later killed in Belgrade under still unclarified circumstances. , only low ranked police officers are sitting on the courtroom bench. Efforts are underway to discredit the brave witness, police inspector Slobodan Pejovic, who on that grim year 1992 opposed the crime, and to make out of him a perpetrator of this horror, in which more than hundred people have perished. In the process, all means are being used to blur the context and to kill the truth. Pejovic went public long time ago, in the nineties, and experienced a torment.

But, wasn't Milo Djukanovic his superior? In a strictly centralised state apparatus, a police minister could not even dream of making independently a decision on massive deportation. It would have been a putch. No one is mentioning the accountability of top state leadership for this state crime.

This is a logical outcome. In a country at whose helm is the man who ran the show during the Bukovica events10 and deportations, during the smuggling and opaque privatisations, law and justice are not achievable. Only lie and great deceit.

This is not anymore only our problem. Those western diplomats and countries that support Djukanovic's Montenegro are accomplices in the obstruction of justice and hiding of crimes – from the horrible one in 1992, up to everything that followed whilst the big shadow deals were piling up. Can the gratouitously donated canyons, hydropower plants and remaining unspoiled resources which Djukanovic intends to sell off, now to western partners, amnest the authorities for all wrongdoings, which in the last twenty years have converted Montenegro into a land of unpunished crime? and deportations, during the smuggling and opaque privatisations, law and justice are not achievable. Only lie and great deceit.

Milka Tadic Mijovic

1 Sreten Jocic, infamous Serbian crime boss and contract killer
2 Slobodan Djurovic, controversial Montenegrin businessman and Jocic's best-man
3 Ratko Knezevic, former Montenegrin diplomat and Prime Minister's best-man
4 Milo Djukanovic, Montenegrin Prime Minister or President since 1991
5 Stanko Subotic Cane, alleged cigarette distributor and money launderer
6 A2A , one of leading Italian electricity utilities, based in Milan, Italy
7 Moraca and Tara, Montenegrin rivers and canyons that would be devastated by hydropower plants proceeding. In Serbia, Stanko Subotic Cane is being tried, as is also the cocaine trafficking band of transcontinental dimensions led by Darko Saric
8 Darko Saric, alleged cocaine trafficking narcoboss, born and raised in Pljevlja, Montenegro
9 Police deported Bosnian Moslim war refugees back to their country following a massive raid
10 Bukovica, moslim populated Montenegrin village in which war crimes have been committed

 

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