Belgrade weekly says criminal financed Serbian Progressive Party

NEWS 19.05.2022 11:44
Filip Korać
Source: MUP Srbije

Belgrade weekly NIN said on Thursday that the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) was financed by a man named by Serbian security services as a leading underworld figure.

The weekly said that it received confirmation that that Filip Korac, named by Serbia’s top civilian security and intelligence agency the BIA and the police as a leading criminal, financed President Aleksandar Vucic’s SNS from Dragan Ilic aka Limar, a local SNS official in a Belgrade suburb.

“A 2018 BIA report published by the KRIK investigative news portal said that Filip Korac heads one of the most dangerous criminal groups operating internationally,” NIN said.

Ilic told the weekly that Korac helped the SNS financially during the 2012 election campaign. “He helped a lot as far as I know. Even before I came in,” said Ilic who heads the local community in Beli Potok. He confirmed that Filip Korac’s father Vukasin was a member of the SNS.

NIN recalled that Ilic faced the Special Court Section for organized crime as a member of an organized crime group accused of killing a police general in 2002. It alleged that the SNS also knew that Korac was close to organized crime boss Luka Bojovic and added that Ilic was close to SNS member Internal Affairs Ministry (MUP) official Biljana Popovic Ivkovic.

Filip Korac’s name was first mentioned in police reports while Bojovic was under surveillance following a series of underworld killings in 2004 and again in 2016 when organized crime group chief Aleksandar Stankovic aka Sale Mutavi was killed. “Korac was questioned in 2017 during the investigation into the Stankovic killing,” NIN said and added that the tabloid press blamed him for a mass fight between football fans at the Partizan FC stadium in December 2017 supposedly in an attempt to take over the drug market.

Filip Korac surrendered to the Croatian police on April 24 to face charges of forging documents.