The Mayor of Serbia’s western town of Sabac, the only opposition-held town in the country, said on Thursday he would detail all “pressures Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) exert on local authorities” headed by opposition leaders, the FoNet news agency reported.
Nebojsa Zelenovic is due to appear before the Council of Europe (CoE) in November together with two of his colleagues, the heads of local municipalities.
Earlier in the day, Serbia’s State Administration and Local Government Minister Branko Ruzic said the CoE wouldn’t solve the problems three opposition-led local authorities were facing.
Zelenovic said the three of them had a list of 113 people who had been arrested after the 2012 and 2016 general elections which both ended in a sweeping victory by the SNS, led by the country’s President Aleksandar Vucic.
Zelenovic added that there were only three final verdicts in those cases.
„We have that list, and a list of 34 mayors and municipalities’ heads who were also detained, none of whom was convicted,” he told the Belgrade-based Vreme weekly.
He added he would brief the CoE on “political crimes before, during and after the elections” and also about how “the SNS power technology works.”
Zelenovic said that it was “a political project” which included “marginal websites, journalists and media under the SNS influence. They criminalise people or organisations, then the institutions react, and people are arrested.”