Criminal Investigations chief denies wiretapping

MUP's Criminal Investigations Police chief Rodoljub Milović has denied that he had ordered the wiretapping of top Serbian state officials.

Source: Blic, Tanjug, Večernje novosti

"What is happening here is a heroic attack from behind. Does anyone believe that I wiretapped President Tomislav Nikolić and First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, of whose honesty and courage I am proud," Milović was quoted as saying by Belgrade's Večernje Novosti newspaper.

This police official added that he was committed to work in the anti-corruption team and that he was a part of the team working day and night on clarifying more than 30 affairs that shook the country in the past years.

"I am relaxed and surrounded by honest men in the working group. We all believe in Nikolic and Vucic's idea of a fairer Serbia. This is a chance for all of us and our children, and everything that was happening in the past days was 'a heroic attack from behind,'" Milović said.

According to Večernje Novosti, he strongly emphasized that "amateurs, wretches and ignorant people are creating chaos."

"Not only me and my friends, but also honest policemen fighting for the truth and against corruption are going through this. These are all people who believe in the idea of a pure and more beautiful Serbia," Milović concluded.

Meanwhile, the Belgrade-based tabloid Blic is reporting that the order "to monitor the phone calls of Aleksandar Vučić and Nebojša Stefanović", that Milović had allegedly signed, has now "disappeared".

The article adds that Milović has sent a report about the case to Vučić, in which he allegedly stated that he "most likely signed the order, but did not know who sent the paper to be singed, nor whose (telephone) numbers were in question".

On Monday, Police Director Milorad Veljović suggested that the "wiretapping" in question referred to requests to phone operators to submit lists of telephone conversations that had taken place. It was also announced yesterday that the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Internal Affairs would ask the MUP to provide information related to the affair.

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