Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New proceeding against high-level corruption soon

BELGRADE, 04.10.2011
State Secretary at the Serbian Justice Ministry Slobodan Homen announced on Tuesday that following a series of arrests in the Kolubara case, more large steps in fight against corruption can be expected by the end of year.

Homen underscored at Tanjug's roundtable dubbed 'How to Suppress Corruption' that the Serbian authorities are determined to turn the promise of the fight against corruption into more than just a dead letter.

“This has to be proved by concrete actions, and Kolubara is the right proof of such readiness,” Homen said.

According to him, the brutal corruption in the Kolubara mining complex cast a shadow on the democratic processes in Serbia after the 5th October, 2000, while certain previous governments did not have the political will to resolve such problems.

The arrest of 17 persons suspected of fraud in the Kolubara complex is just the beginning of the action, Homen said, adding that soon there will be more suspects as part of this investigation.

“The issue of other companies which practiced money laundering via Kolubara is yet to be opened, and there will be more suspects and many more companies which will be involved in the investigation,” Homen announced.

He underscored that the state is ready to fight all other forms of crime as well, and recalled that it has already won the fight against drug mafia.

“Today we can proudly say that there is no one in Serbia who could claim to be a leader of an organized crime group,” Homen stressed.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Olgica Miloradovic underlined during the round table discussion that the arrests in the Kolubara case indicate that the prosecutor's office is doing its job well and that no one is untouchable.

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