Opposition leader files criminal charges against Serbia's President, minister

Opposition leader files criminal charges against Serbia's President, minister

Opposition leader files criminal charges against Serbia's President, minister Izvor: N1

Zoran Zikovic, the leader of Serbia's opposition New Party told reporters on Tuesday he had filed criminal charges against President Aleksandar Vucic, Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic and his father Branko, as well as against the former director of the Krusik ammunition factory Mladen Petkovic, after a whistle-blower linked them to suspicious arms trade, the Beta news agency reported.

Speaking outside the Prosecutors' Office for Organised Crime, Zivkovic said he accused the four of being a part of a criminal group and abuse of office in the arms trade.

Zivkovic added he accused Vucic of organising the criminal group in 2017, "to sell Krusik - made arms to the GIM company owned by Branko Stefanovic at 30 percent lower price."

"Until now, the whistle-blowers pointed at the crimes involving arms trade, but it's time for criminal charges," Zivkovic said.

He also charged Vucic of "protecting Nebojsa and Branko Stefanovic" and "banned criminal proceedings against them, telling the untruth" about their role in the arms deals after Aleksandar Obradovic, the Krusik's whistle-blower spoke out.

Zivkovic announced he would also file criminal charges against Vucic for "covering up" the murderers of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, gunned down in northern Mitrovica in January 2018, adding Serbia's President had publicly said he knew who they were but failed to inform the prosecutors about it.

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