Serbia

  • Serbia: PM Says ‘Top City Officials’ Ordered Buildings Demolished

    The mystery of who was behind April’s bizarre midnight demolition of buildings in Belgrade has been solved, according to Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic: top city officials gave the orders, but he’s sure they did it out of “pure” motives.

  • Kosovo: Former Lawmaker and Alleged Leader of Crime Gang Heard in Closed Court Session

    Former Kosovo ruling party legislator Azem Syla, whom prosecutors accuse of running an organized crime gang that they say deprived the state and Kosovo Serbs of property worth about 30 million Euros (US$ 34 million), was heard in closed session at a Pristina court on Tuesday, reports Balkan Insight.

  • Serbian PM Family Real Estate Tops €1 million

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    Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić and his family own seven properties worth more than € 1 million in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, and recently sold an eighth.

  • Bread and Circuses: How Connected is Serbia's Most Watched TV Channel?

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    Two contracts, published by the Serbian Center for Investigative Journalism (CINS) on Monday, illustrate how generous a Serbian government agency has been in providing financial aid to a local private TV channel mostly known for running reality shows, telenovelas and “American Idol”-type singing competitions. The highly popular, privately owned TV Pink, watched daily by millions of people in the Balkans, has also been a platform for government-friendly propaganda.

  • Montenegro: Former President Signs Plea Bargain, Admitting Corruption

    Svetozar Marovic, who served as president of the joint state of Serbia and Montenegro until the two countries split, was released from custody Tuesday after he signed a plea bargain with prosecutors who accused him of involvement in a number of corruption cases that defrauded the local budget of Budva of millions of dollars in recent years.

  • Serbia: Interior Minister Denies Police Were Ordered To Stand Down On April 25

    As citizens of Belgrade continue to ask why no authorities reacted to their calls for help in the night of April 25, when about 30 masked men armed with baseball bats tore up multiple buildings in Belgrade using diggers and mistreated several locals, the Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic denied allegations that the police officers were ordered to stand down that night, in an interview with N1 Television Thursday.

  • Serbia: Information About Demolished Neighborhood Still Lacking

    Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told N1 Television Sunday he has no information about who is behind the events of Moday last week, when about 30 masked men, armed with baseball bats, tore up multiple buildings in Belgrade using diggers, and mistreated several locals.
  • Serbia: Son of Wealthy Businessman Jailed in Tax Fraud

    The Belgrade Special Court for Organized Crime has sentenced 10 people, including Marko Miskovic, son of one of the richest people in the Balkans, for tax evasion and abuse of office.

  • What made a Serbian Judge Quit?

    vladimirvucinovicVladimir Vucinic (Photo:KRIK)Vladimir Vucinic, a former judge of Serbia's Special Court for tackling organized crime, has decided to quit. He has presided over some of the biggest organized crime trials in Serbia.

  • Serbian Newspaper Attacks OCCRP Partner

    napad-na-krikA Serbian tabloid has alleged that a respected journalism non-profit is attempting to overthrow the Serbian government, citing information that appears to have come from secret services, intelligence or surveillance.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Gang-Related Former Playboy Model Sentenced

    Slobodanka Tosic, former Playboy model and 2005 Miss Photogenic for Bosnia and Herzegovina, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison Wednesday for belonging to what Bosnian prosecutors call "one of the largest organized crime groups" in the country since the end of the 1992-1995 war.

  • Serbia: Skeletons in the Closet – How Did the Health Minister get an Apartment

    Zemun clan leader Dušan Spasojević (right) shown with hitman Sretko Kalinić (left) ordered a young doctor at the Emergency Clinic in Belgrade to finish off a Montenegrin crime figure who was injured in an assassination attempt.Zemun clan leader Dušan Spasojević (right) shown with hitman Sretko Kalinić (left) ordered a young doctor at the Emergency Clinic in Belgrade to finish off a Montenegrin crime figure who was injured in an assassination attempt.In the late summer of 2002, Montenegrin criminal Veselin Božović looked like a lucky man.

    The mobster from Bijelo Polje had been ambushed by Kalashnikov-carrying members of the rival Rakovac gang in Belgrade while he was driving his black jeep in a three-car convoy. His wife and child, driving in a BMW in the same convoy, were also hit.

  • The Long Trial of the Balkan 'Cocaine King'

    saricsudjenje1Darko Saric at court (photo:KRIK)Balkan drug lord Darko Saric is no stranger to courtrooms in Serbia. Stories on his ongoing trials have been published on the front pages of Serbian news portals for the past few years, catapulting the once-obscure organized crime figure into one of the most talked-about "persons of interest" in Serbia. 

  • Serbia: Belgrade Mayor Connected to Another Offshore Company

    Journalists from the Serbian Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) have uncovered yet another offshore company that is connected to Sinisa Mali, the charismatic mayor of Belgrade KRIK earlier linked to shady business deals.

  • OCCRP, RISE & EurActiv Launch Internet Ownership Project

    internet ownershipAs the internet becomes more central to our lives, the question grows more urgent: who owns it? OCCRP, in partnership with RISE Project and EurActiv.ro, set out to find out in the Internet Ownership Project.

  • Serbia: Government waives debt of Air Serbia to Belgrade airport

    The Serbian government has asked the Belgrade airport to forgive local carrier Air Serbia a debt of more than US$ 22 million, according to the Serbian Crime and Corruption Reporting Netork (KRIK). The debt constitutes all payments owed by the carrier to the airport for a one year period meaning the airline essentially used the airport for free for one year.

  • Reality Show Saves Serbian Drug Trafficker

    kristijan golubovicHe cursed and openly threatened people. He beat them up in front of the whole world. Just out of view he bedded beautiful, young wannabe celebrities. This, he said, was his job and to continue doing this important work he wanted a Serbian court to keep him out of jail even though he had been convicted and sentenced for heroin trafficking.

  • Belgrade Court Acquits Stanko Subotic of Cigarette Smuggling Charges in Final Ruling

    After months of post-poned trials and seven years of litigation, the Belgrade Court of Appeals acquitted controversial businessman Stanko Subotic of cigarette smuggling charges in a final ruling which cannot be appealed by the prosecution.

  • Serbia: Members of International Cocaine Trafficking Group Receive Lengthy Prison Terms

    A Court in Belgrade sentenced the several members of a criminal organization which trafficked millions of dollars worth of cocaine from South America to Europe from 2008 and 2009 to lengthy prison terms today.

  • Montenegro Announces Arms Smuggling Crackdown, Tightens Borders

    Montenegro’s law enforcement agencies have tightened border security in a crackdown on arms smuggling. The move comes in light of a new report released by human rights organization Amnesty International, according to the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).

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