Milan Dumanovic, a former official of Serbia's Interior Ministry (MUP), will face prosecutors on Monday following criminal charges filed against him by the Information Security Agency (BIA), for 'causing panic and disorder' after he told Nova.rs TV talk show that "(ruling Serbian Progressive Party) SNS and BIA share drug money."
Besides BIA, Dumanovic told the Belgrade independent Danas daily Thursday’s issue, that the Agency’s boss Bratislav Gasic filed private charges against him for „damage to his reputation and honour.“
Both charges were filed after Dumanovic spoke to the ‘The Impression of the Week’ talk show on the United Media’s Nova.rs TV aired on April 18.
„Dumanovic’s claims are an attempt to spread panic among people with false information aiming to weaken the national security service integrity and authority. That also significantly obstructed the implementation of BIA’s measures for protecting Serbia from the current threats, particularly from organised crime, created dissatisfaction, revolt and hostility toward the Agency, undermining citizens’ trust and support of those measures,“ BIA said in it its criminal charges.
The Agency added Gasic filed charges for insults.
Those charges carry a penalty from six months to five years in prison.
Dumanovic, who, together with his colleague Mladen Trbovic, had been charged by MUP with reviling professional secrets, said the new charges were filed to intimidate and discourage all people from the security service to go public with information about their superiors’ illegal acts.
The two officers tried to point at former MUP bosses’ wrongdoings related to the then Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s 2015 visit to Potocari in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide committed in July 1995 by Bosnian Serbs forces against thousands of Bosniaks. An angry mob attacked Vucic and his entourage with stones and they had to flee to safety.
At the time of the genocide, Vucic was a member of the then Serbia’s authorities believed to had supported Bosnian Serbs fight against the Bosniaks.
Dumanovic and Trbovic filed charges against the then MUP’s leadership, and after the Ministry failed to act internally, they went public and initiated criminal procedure, but charges were dismissed.
In return, the two have been charged with reviling secret information, and the procedure is still ongoing.