Member of Anti-Corruption Council assaulted
For weeks she was announcing the Anti-Corruption Council would publish a report on how the budget money is spent on advertising, PR services and sponsoring.Source: B92
Now Council member and forensic accountant Miroslava Milenovic is recovering from a physical assault that took step on her doorstep, and has no dilemma why it happened.
She told the Pescanik website that she on Friday evening returned from an extended trip abroad, "and already on Saturday received a warning."
"Luckily I have not been hurt a lot physically, on the other hand, if they thought this was a warning to stop my work, it is obvious that someone has not done my profile well. This is so low and dirty that I cannot even take a position on it," says Milenovic.
Milenovic said she noticed several months ago that she was being followed by groups of unknown persons. She turned for help to the special prosecutor, and gave a statement to the Service for Combating Organized Crime. The case was then passed onto the Criminal Police (UKP) in Belgrade.
"With the assigned member of the Crime Police I visited all these places, we watched where there had been cameras, I described the events," she said, adding that she heard nothing more "after two, three weeks."
Milenovic said she did not report this incident to the police "because she does not trust them." The Ministry of Interior (MUP) says they "have reacted":
"The Ministry of Interior has taken the necessary measures and actions in order to establish all the facts relating to the publicly presented claims about an attack on Milenovic, a member of the Anti-Corruption Council, even though the case is yet to be reported to the police."
"A society and state free of corruption and crime, with the rule of law, legal certainty and equality instead of force and arrogance, and where the rights of citizens, including the right to question and criticize the work of the government, are welcome and not prersecuted, are the greatest and highest values that we have and that we are obliged to protect," said Ombudsman Sasa Jankovic, and added:
"The aim of such attacks is fear and giving up, their message is that neither the national policy nor the state authorities are stronger than corruption and crime or that they are not sincere, and that people who oppose them should fear for their jobs and lives."
"It's a distinctive handwriting, for the umpteenth time the situation is repeated where someone not satisfied with someone's opinion or activities organizes maltreatment. But I find those who give orders to be the real problem. Do they really think that money can achieve everything? There aren't as many thugs in Serbia as there is honor and integrity," said Zoran Stojiljkovic, president of the anti-corruption agency.