Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Serbia searching for Saric, Radulovic across world

MOSCOW - Ivica Dacic, Serbia's prime minister and interior minister, has said that Serbia is searching all over the world for the accused of smuggling cocaine from South Africa, Darko Saric and Rodoljub Radulovic, and that the country is cooperating with international services on that. Dacic is taking part in the 30th International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) in Moscow on Wednesday.

 When asked whether Serbia is looking for Saric, Radulovic or anyone from the so-called Saric gang in Russia, Dacic said: "We are searching for them across the world. So, we are certainly looking for them in Russia. It would not make any sense to tell you anything more. 

Thus, we were talking that we were looking for Saric in South Africa, which was a clear message to him to flee South Africa.“ The prime minister said that during the conference he will have bilateral meetings with Director of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Viktor Ivanov, Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Michele Leonhart, with whom he will talk about the cooperation in tracking down drug trafficking routes and arresting those suspected of illicit trafficking in drugs.

 The Balkan drug route, through which heroin from Afghanistan is taken to Western Europe markets, has recently spread in Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania, Serbian Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said in Moscow Wednesday. Giving a speech at the 30th Annual International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC), held in Moscow, Dacic said that the seizure of drugs in the territory of Serbia has reduced, which could be explained by the spreading of the Balkan route, which is also used for trafficking cocaine.

 The Albanian criminal groups make up a significant part of the European drug cartels, which international services data clearly shows, Dacic said. Dacic pointed out that that the majority of the organized crime groups in Serbia are involved in drug trafficking, as Serbia's geographical position makes it the shortest route for heroin from Afghanistan to reach the Western Europe markets. An efficient fight against drug trafficking calls for the establishment of joint investigative teams at the international level, said Dacic. 

 It is a responsibility of the international forces that are present in Kosovo under UN SC Resolution 1244 to cut off drug smuggling routes across Kosovo, Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said on Wednesday. Asked what the Serbian government could do to foil the trafficking in cocaine from Afghanistan across Kosovo, he explained that the government could not do much, as the Serbian police is not present in Kosovo-Metohija under UN SC Resolution 1244. It is the obligation of EULEX and UNMIK to stem the narcotics flow across Kosovo, he added.

 The Russian, British, German and American services know that the so-called Albanian mafia has a prominent position among Europe's drug gangs, the Serbian prime minister said. The drug lord Naser Keljmendi is not the only one who hid from justice in the territory of Kosovo, where he was arrested recently, Dacic noted. Asked why Serbia did not arrest Keljmendi, Dacic said that Keljmendi is not a citizen of Serbia, and that he hid in the territory of Kosovo reckoning that he could not be extradited, especially not to countries that do not recognize Kosovo's independence. Photo screenshot Tanjug video

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