Serbian opposition politician Marinika Tepic said on Tuesday that two Palestinians were involved in arms exports from Serbia and called President Aleksandar Vucic to explain their role.
Tepic, deputy leader of the Party of Freedom and Justice (SSP), told reporters that former Palestinian secret police chief Mohamed Dahlan and the first Palestinian Ambassador in Montenegro Adham Abu Madalala were involved in “personal combinations of top officials of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS)” in exporting arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
She said Dahlan is on an Interpol arrest warrant living in Belgrade and that Madalala was the key figure the export of arms from Serbia. She produced photographs of Dahlan in the presence of Vucic and Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic.
“I am calling prosecutors to speak up in these dangerous days for our national security and Aleksandar Vucic to say what deals were made on these photographs and what the President could possibly have to discuss with a man on an Interpol warrant. Vucic is having a drink with Dahlan while people are arrested who revealed crimes in the arms trade,” Tepic said.
Tepic’s claims were refuted by SNS official Marija Obradovic who called them “absolute lies” aimed at “disqualifying Vucic, Stefanovic and the state of Serbia”. She added that the Krusik whistleblower was seeking revenge for his mother who was dismissed as the plant’s CEO and went to work of a rival company.
She added that “brave whistleblowers have spoken up” following the arrest of Krusik munitions plant whistleblower Aleksandar Obradovic. Those whistleblowers documented a new shipment of weapons being flown out of Belgrade airport for Doha in Qatar.
“We have wondered for years how Saudi Arabia and the UAE became Vucic’s best partners … and it was only Obradovic’s arrest that drew attention to personal combinations by Vucic (Serbian Internal Affairs Minister) Nebojsa Stefanovic and his father Branko,” Tepic said.
She also claimed that the arms deals involved Slobodan Tesic “known as the biggest arms dealer in the Balkans who was banned from entering the United States recently and is known sponsor of the SNS”.
Tepic said that a notice has been put up at Belgrade airport warning travelers not to disclose any arms shipment details or face criminal charges.