BIA agency submitted data on prosecutors?

BELGRADE -- Documents showing that Security-Information Agency (BIA) was submitting data on prosecutors are authentic, Public Information Commissioner Rodoljub Šabić said.

Rodoljub Šabić
Rodoljub Šabić

State Prosecutors Council's records show that Vladimir Vukčević and Slobodan Radovanović requested information about candidates for deputy prosecutors from BIA.

The minutes from the State Prosecutors Council meeting in November 2009, which were posted online, clearly show that.

The public information commissioner has therefore requested an explanation. He also asked for an explanation last year when there were speculations that BIA had been submitting information about judges during the reelection.

Šabić told B92 that he had had a meeting with Justice Minister Snežana Malović and State Prosecutor Zagorka Dolovac regarding the issue.

“The minutes are authentic, the meeting from the minutes was held. We will find out what their content was, their effects and other facts when a response to my request arrives. Another interesting information is that the people who put that minutes online did not do anything illegal and they acquired the documents legally,“ he stressed.

The State Prosecutors Council told B92 that it would respond to the public information commissioner within 15 days and that it would cooperate with him.

However, the law on organization of state bodies that combat against organized crime envisages that BIA and Military-Security Agency perform security checks of those who fight against organized crime without their knowledge.

”Whether the solution is good in a concrete situation is questionable. But it’s legal because it is envisaged by the law. But when we talk about such data processing in the general election of judges it is neither legal nor according to the law,” the public information commissioner pointed out.

Interior Minister Ivica Dačić has stated that he did not doubt BIA’s work.

”I don’t believe that BIA or any sort of security service or MUP (Serbian police) took part in work outside our jurisdiction. I am sure that everyone of us is acting in accordance with the law. There is sometimes a big deal about it in our public, primarily because of BIA’s former role in the political system,” he said.

This is not the first time that the public is speculating about BIA’s role in the election of judicial office holders. A year ago the BIA director said that the agency was collecting information about persons who were especially significant to the state. The State Prosecutors Council responded that this had not been done at its request and the ombudsman in the end confirmed that BIA did not take part in the election of judges.