Serbia's Anti-Corruption Council still without decision on state-owned Telekom

Serbia's Anti-Corruption Council still without decision on state-owned Telekom

Serbia's Anti-Corruption Council still without decision on state-owned Telekom Izvor: Printscreen

Almost two months ago, Serbia's Anti- Corruption Council said it would decide on whether the contract between Igor Zezelj's private Wireless Media and the state-owned Telecom Serbia was corrupt, but failed to do that, reiterating it was still waiting for the documents.

A Council member Jelisaveta Vasilic made a report in June saying Telekom operated non-transparently and was heading towards pre-bankruptcy proceedings. 

However, the president of the body Miroslav Milicevic still repeats: "The Council has not yet received all the documents it requested to compile the report. As soon as we do that, we will inform the public. Thank you for your understanding."

Vasilic, whose report on Telecom's business her colleagues had never adopted, said she did not know why the Council was still silent about the Telekom Serbia business.

"You should call the president of the Council because he knows what is happening, I don't know," she said.

 A deputy leader of the opposition People's Party (NS) Miroslav Aleksic, who filed a criminal complaint about Telecom's acquisitions, said the Council wanted to drag on the case as long as possible.

"I think they have documents, like all other institutions. The state can very easily determine what is happening in its company, only if someone wants. So, there is no will, someone wants to cover up the Telecom affair, and the whole case from probably some corrupt reasons, political motives and I see that as only reasons," he said.

The contract between Zezelj, the owner of the Kurir' tabloid, and Telekom is also without the Council's review.

Marinika Tepic, a deputy head of the opposition Party of freedom and Justice (SPP) submitted the disputed contract and other evidence, which she believed proved the body was under pressure.

She recalled Zezelj publicly called for Vasilic's dismissal over a month ago.

Tepic added that everything was black-and-white, but that some members of the Council did not want to do their work.

On the other hand, those conscientious were in the minority and could not fight on their own, she said.

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