The Appellant Court annulled on Monday the ruling on the detention of Aleksandar Obradovic, a whistle-blower, who was suspected of ‘revealing business secret’ to journalists about arms deals allegedly linked to Serbia’s Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic’s father, and the High Court ruled he should remain under house arrest, N1 reported.
The Court sent the case back to the Higher Court where N1 was told they would deal with it with urgency, and later in the day rejected the prosecutors' demand for Obradovic to stay in detention and confirmed the first judge's decision to put him under the house arrest.
Dozens of Belgraders gathered outside the jail waiting for Obradovic to be transferred to his home after released from detention and put under house arrest.
Obradovic, an IT expert at the Krusik munitions plant, had been ordered into 30-day detention. He spent 20 days in custody before the news about his arrest broke out on Friday.
Serbia’s Ombudsman Zoran Pasalic told N1 later on Monday his office would demand an answer whether the police honoured the procedure stipulated by the law after Obradovic was arrested, adding his jurisdiction covered that period.
The whistle-blower also got a new attorney since it was weird that the first one had not commented on his detention and did not demand the whistle-blower status according to the law the day Obradovic was arrested.
Dozens of people gathered outside the Belgrade Central prison in support of Obradovic late on Sunday and said they would do that every day until Obradovic was released from custody.