Fugitive tycoon "will be arrested if he returns to Serbia”
Anybody who tries to enter Serbia and there is a warrant for their arrest, will be arrested, including Bogoljub Karić, says Interior Minister Ivica Dačić.Source: Beta, Tanjug
He added that this also applied to former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević’s son Marko.
League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina (LSV) leader Nenad Čanak has said that United Regions of Serbia (URS) leader Mlađan Dinkić is “directly responsible for the fact that Karić is not in the country”.
Strength of Serbia Movement deputy leader Milanka Karić said on Wednesday that she expected her husband to return to Serbia soon.
When asked whether she expected help from the new Serbian government, she said she expected her husband’s case to be solved.
“If he really comes, he will be arrested,” Dačić said and added that this was not a matter for the police but for judicial organs.
“The issue should not be politicized, we should find the best possible legal solution instead,” he told reporters in Sremska Kamenica.
According to him, it is necessary to decide what kind of legal system Serbia wants to have, whether it wants to encourage bail and release pending trial or long custody.
“Custody must not turn into a sentence and one should only be in custody for a long time for the most serious crimes, because this is practice in western countries,” Dačić explained.
He said that alleged information of certain media that Marko Milošević had been to Belgrade was “nonsense”, adding that it was impossible.
Dačić said that he would be arrested in he came to Serbia, just like anybody for whom arrest warrants had been issued.
Čanak has stated that Karić’s return to Serbia would be an interesting indicator of the consistency of the government whose member is Dinkić who “is directly responsible for the fact that Karić is not in the country”.
Čanak told reporters in parliament that one should not forget that Karić had left Serbia after “Dinkić insisted that he pay taxes on extra profit, which he did, but then fled the country under threat that he would be arrested”.
“It seems to me that some personal, unresolved issues between Karić and Dinkić are behind it, while Prime Minister Dačić is treating it with an overwhelming arrogance. He does not want to get involved and he is using a clear police formula that everybody for whom an arrest warrant was issued will be arrested. But that is not the point, the point is what will happen further in the prosecution of the crimes,” the LSV leader concluded.
Karić was the owner of the Mobtel mobile operator, which the state took over and sold to Norway's Telenor for a record EUR 1.5bn in 2006.