Croatianpolice arrested on Wednesday 23 people, including police officials, suspected of being members of an organized crime group that forged documents. Media reports that the beneficiaries were members of two notorious mafia organizations from Serbia and Montenegro.
Top judge says public officials fired by Parliament have no right to appeal to the courts.
A police officer guards High Court in Podgorica, Montenegro, July 19, 2017.(REUTERS/Stevo Vasiljevic)
Even as Atlas Bank was under interim management by the Central Bank, well-connected account holders managed to recover their millions. Ordinary citizens lost their savings.
Montenegro has on Thursday officiallylaunched the application process for its Citizens by Investment Program, otherwise known as the Golden Visa scheme, which offers rich foreigners and their families citizenship in return for investments worth hundreds of thousands of euros.
Montenegro should scrap draft legislation that would allow the government to hide information about public spending, as such a law would open the door for corruption and undermine the country’s EU membership negotiations, activists say.
Montenegro aspires to join the EU. But banking documents from the Troika Laundromat show that the country is a destination for millions of illicit dollars from Russia — and expose how the money was moved.
Iron-fisted rulers are undermining state institutions and freedom of expression in the Western Balkans claims a report published on Wednesday by human rights watchdog Freedom House.
For the third time this month, Montenegrins took to the streets on Saturday demanding an end to the 30 year long rule of their president as well as an end to rampant corruption in the country. Organizers of the ‘97,000 Resist’ movement told OCCRP on Monday that the mass protests were triggered by the so-called “Envelope Affair.”
A Montenegro court found on Tuesday an investigative journalist, who was researching organized crime groups, guilty of drug trafficking and criminal association. International press freedom organisations labeled the verdict as unfair and demanded his immediate acquittal.
Swiss authorities confirmed to Montenegro’s Prosecution Office that the wife of former President Svetozar Marovic had millions in an HSBC account in Switzerland at the time when he denied the family even had an account and offered the money alleged to be on it to anyone who proves it exists.
The Executive Director of an anti-corruption NGO in Montenegro has filed suit against the country’s Agency for Preventing Corruption, countering her removal from the council over alleged conflict of interest.
Unknown attackers shot an investigative reporter in the leg on Tuesday night in Podgorica, prompting an outcry by Montenegrin and international authorities for the perpetrators to be found and journalists to be protected.
A car bomb exploded on Sunday outside the home of a journalist who was investigating organized crime groups in Montenegro, Balkan Insight reported.
Authorities in Serbia and Montenegro have in the past five years solved only four out of 83 murders that appear to be gang-related, Serbia’s Crime and Corruption Reporting Network, KRIK, said Monday.
Montenegro's chief special prosecutor Sunday accused Russian nationalists of plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic on Oct. 16, Election Day.
Montenegrin journalist Jovo Martinovic pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of working with a drug trafficking ring, in a trial decried by international rights organizations as an attack on the press.
Montenegro’s Prime Minister announced Wednesday plans to step down and hand leadership of the country to a trusted ally, drawing a muted response from critics of a more than two-decade reign marred by corruption and links to organized crime.
Civil society groups and opposition parties have cried foul over elections in Montenegro on Sunday that saw a likely victory by Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, amid widespread allegations of electoral violations and panic over an alleged plot to stage an armed attack to disturb the vote.
A prominent Montenegrin gangster was assassinated by a sniper in the yard of a high-security prison, local authorities said Friday, in the latest killing in a bloody gang war in the tiny Balkan country.
International rights organizations have jointly called for the release of Montenegrin investigative reporter Jovo Martinovic, who has been in detention for 11 months on accusations he was part of a drug smuggling network.
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