Belgrade weekly says private company bought weapons from police

NEWS 24.12.2020 11:23
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Source: NIN

Belgrade weekly NIN said in Thursday’s issue that the Serbian Internal Affairs Ministry (MUP) sold police firearms to a private company which was represented by then Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic’s late father Branko.

The weekly said that the weapons were sold from police arsenals to the GIM company, owned by Goran Todorovic under a deal signed in 2015 giving GIM privileged status in dealings with the MUP. GIM also had privileged status in deals with the Krusik munitions factory and other defense industry companies. The Krusik munitions deals were revealed by a whistleblower.  

NIN said that it was handed contracts which show another private company close to the authorities had business dealings with the MUP. It named the British Motors company owned by Ostoja Mijailovic, a senior official of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).  

“The first contract shows that GIM bought rifles and pistols worth 1.6 million Dollars from the MUP while another two show that GIM never paid for the firearms and Mijailovic’s company got involved by covering the debt with a shipment of SUVs,” it said.  

The weekly said that the MUP never launched legal proceedings to force payment for the weapons leading GIM to suggest a vehicles for weapons compensation deal.  

“Instead of paying the GIM debt to the MUP, British Motors delivered 49 Land Rovers. The compensation deal was made late in 2018 and it seems that the MUP, headed by Nebojsa Stefanovic at the time, made a deal beneficial to a private company which was represented by his late father,” NIN said.