news 17 Dec 12

Serbian Minister Calls on Miskovic to Reveal Names

Serbia's minister in charge of corruption has said that at least 20 politicians were financed by tycoon Miroslav Miskovic, and that the Delta Holding owner should disclose their names.

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Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia's deputy prime minister in charge of corruption, has called on Miskovic, the owner of Delta Holding, to reveal the names of politicians that Vucic says he financed.

"I think it’s not too big of a secret, at least for 20 politicians. But just because you have some knowledge does not mean that you have evidence.

"And it would therefore be good if he said it, or someone who did it together with him or on his behalf,” Vucic told Serbian newspaper Politika.

Miskovic's Lawyer Appeals Detention

Zdenko Tomanovic, the lawyer of Miroslav Miskovic, has appealed the decision placing his client, in a 30-day custody.

Tomanovic is requesting that Miskovic is released on bail.

Under the law, the appeal is to be considered and decided upon by the judge in charge within 48 hours.

According to Vucic, some politicians received a monthly allowance from Miskovic in the amount of 30,000 to 50,000 euro.

On December 12, Serbian police arrested Miskovic and nine other persons on suspicion of illegally earning more than 30 million euro from privatized road companies.

Two days later, a Special Court judge extended the detention of Serbia's richest man, his son Marko, and five other suspects for 30 days and the Prosecutor's Office for Organized Crime launched an investigation.

The case is in relation to 24 privatization cases that the EU has flagged as problematic.

The suspects face prison sentences of two to 12 years if found guilty.

Vucic said that some people from various political parties, whose names he did not want to reveal, had tried to “put in good work for Miskovic.”

“Combat against corruption has only just started,” Vucic said, adding that five out of 24 controversial privatization cases had been opened.

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