Aleksandar Martinovic, the chief of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) Deputy Club in the country's Parliament, said on Thursday that the story about wrongdoings in arms trade linked to the top leadership was constructed and that the real targets were the SNS, Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic and the Government, the Beta news agency reported.
Addressing reporters in the Parliament, Martinovic said that the Krusik ammunition factory from Serbia's western town of Valjevo, was about to be closed in 2012, but that Vucic and his Government managed to put it back on its feet.
He said that Krusik's revenues were 1.2 billion Dinars (1 € = 118 RSD), in 2013, and two years later went up to 3.26 billion.
"Krusik's income rose every year, and in 2018 was 11.385, or 604 percent higher than in 2014," Martinovic said, adding Krusik paid into the state budget 222 million Dinars, while in 2018 1.497 billion.
Martinovic's reaction followed Aleksandar Obradovic's, known as a whistleblower from Krusik, claims that shady arms deals which Serbia's factory had, among others, with the GIM, company linked to the father of Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, were damaging to Krusik.
Obradovic also said he believed the top country's leadership, including Vucic, knew what was going on and that institutions turned a blind eye.
Martinovic also said that the number of employees went up. Martinovic accused some opposition leader of fabricating affairs to cover up their own.
He said that the Prosecutors'Prosecutors' office would launch investigations against several opposition politicians, including former President Boris Tadic, and Defence Minister Dragan Sutanovac, for destroying 33,383 pieces of weapons.
Martinovic denied any conflict within the SNS.