Der Ministerpräsident von Montenegro wird beschuldigt, für den Mord an einem Journalisten mitverantwortlich zu sein.
Wenig Interesse besteht in Deutschland, etwas über die Situation auf dem Balkan zu erfahren, was die Organisierte Kriminalität betrifft. Daher dazu einige zentrale Informationen. Und dazu gehört nicht nur, dass der Journalist Ivo Pukanić ermordet wurde.
Milo Dukanovic! Zentrale Figur aller Verbrecher Clans im Balkan und Coordinator!
Wie oft will der noch die Politik verlassen, wäre nun die nächste Frage!?
Italian anti-mafia national prosecutor Pietro Grasso has called the Balkans a “warehouse for drugs.” In an interview with Montenegrin television Vijesti, Grasso explained that criminals choose the Balkans to store drugs intended for the European market because of its proximity to the market for sale.
Knežević testifies in Zagreb today (Beta
He was testifying at the murder trial in Zagreb on Thursday, saying that Stanko Subotić, aka Cane, and Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Đukanović were behind the crime.
Knežević testifies in Zagreb today. Photo: Beta
“The tobacco mafia started threatening Pukanić right after he published the first articles on Montenegro’s state-sanctioned cigarette smuggling in the discontinued daily Rebulika,” Knežević said in his testimony before the Zagreb District Court.
He added that the threats continued with Pukanić’s writings in the weekly Nacional, and that the first assassination plans were foiled by secret services of several countries in 2002.
Knežević also claims that Pukanić told him he was offered money to stop covering the topic – first two, and then five million euros.
“That is the mafia way – first they threaten, then bribe, then kill,” the witness said, stating that he was threatened not only by those close to Subotić, but also by Subotić himself on two occasions over the phone, and that the threats were at first veiled and later direct.
“Based on Pukanić’s discoveries, European investigators identified Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Đukanović, who used cigarette smuggling to fill a parallel state budget which was under his direct control and intended for buying election votes at EUR 50 to 100 per vote,” Knežević said.
Knežević is a former close ally of Đukanović, and was for a period of time in the 1990s posted in Washington, as head of Montenegro’s trade mission there.
Pukanić died, along with another victim, when a car bomb exploded in Zagreb in the fall of 2008.
February 25, 2010
A Deadly Trail
The Montenegro Connection is surrounded by murder. Investigators have been struck by the large number of people linked to the “Montenegro Connection” who have met untimely deaths in recent years:
Goran Zugić. Security advisor to then-President Đukanović, was shot and killed on May 31, 2000.
Vladimir Bokan. A Serbian businessman murdered in Athens on Oct. 7, 2000. During the 1980s, Bokan owned retail shops, including a Belgrade boutique where “Cane” Subotić was a tailor before becoming a contraband kingpin and working for Đukanović. According to the Italian investigators, Bokan had been tied to tobacco smuggling in Montenegro for some time.
Darko Raspopović. A senior member of the Montenegro police directorate, Raspopovic was shot dead on Jan. 8, 2001, in Podgorica. He had run investigations into white collar crime and in 2000 was nearly assassinated when a bomb blew up his car.
Baja Sekulić. A former bodyguard and aide to “Cane” Subotić, he was murdered on May 30, 2001, in Budva, Montenegro, on the Adriatic coast.
Orazio Porro, murdered on March 25, 2009. Porro, arrested in 1998 in Montenegro, where he was one of the bosses of the cigarette traffic, became an informant and for a time was in a witness protection program.
Zugić, Bokan, Raspopović, and Sekulić were mentioned in the Bari investigation but were never summoned by Scelsi’s team. The case is different for two other key murdered witnesses, both of them journalists:
Duško Jovanović. Editor of Dan, a pro-Milosević Montenegrin daily newspaper, he was gunned down on May 27, 2004, while getting in his Peugeot 406. His newspaper had reported stories first broken by the weekly Croatian magazine Nacional. Through his investigators, Scelsi approached Jovanovic and asked if would testify in the Italian investigation. Jovanović agreed but never made it to Bari.
Ivo Pukanić. Editor of Nacional, he was questioned by Scelsi on July 18, 2002. But “Puki,” his nickname, will never get to the witness stand. He was murdered on Oct. 23, 2008, killed by a car bomb in Zagreb, near Nacional’s offices. His deposition, however, can be used in court, and prosecutors found his statements an invaluable starting point in tracing the money out of Montenegro to Cyprus .
Another important witness questioned by Italian investigators is Vuksan Simonović, a Socialist People’s Party representative in the Montenegrin Parliament. Simonović chaired a Montenegro parliamentary committee set up in 2001 to investigate the tobacco smuggling allegations. According to Simonović, the Bar port authority reaped $7 million in five years, from 1996 to 2001, from cigarette smuggling, just by loading and unloading tobacco from ships to warehouses. Simonovic also confirmed the roles of MTT and Zeta Trans, the Montenegrin companies allegedly tied to the smuggling. And the committee, he said, had questioned Đukanović about three Swiss bank accounts allegedly tied to him, with some $3.2 million, mentioned in an article published by Pukanić’s Nacional. Đukanović denied everything.
Đukanović has denied everything in Italy, as well, and he has declined to comment on this report. In March 2008, he agreed to submit to questioning by Scelsi and another magistrate in Bari. After more than six hours, Đukanović left the court. Outside, his Naples attorney told the press how as prime minister, Đukanović could have refused to answer the court’s questions, but that he had in fact asked to be questioned. “A year ago Prime Minister Đukanović had asked to be interrogated to clear up all the lies told by people who, obviously, love neither Italy nor Montenegro,” the attorney explained. “Now everything has been cleared up.”
Well, not quite. That will be up to judges in Italy and Switzerland this year, who will be looking at the law, a decade of smuggled cigarettes and laundered money, and the legacy of a certain prime minister.
June 3rd, 2009, by The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
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