Footage of Radulovic's meeting with top police officials
Recordings showing meetings of Radoslav Radulovic with people from the Interior Ministry in 2008 and 2009 have been published on the website KRIK.Source: B92
The footage shows former Minister of Interior Ivica Dacic, people from the top of his cabinet Branko Lazarevic and Vanja Vukic, as well as his security adviser Ivica Toncev.
The website KRIK was founded by a team of journalists engaged for years in exposing crime and corruption, and have received numerous awards for their work.
Rodoljub Radulovic, better known to the public as Misa Banana or Misa Amerika, is currently on the run. He has been marked as a close associate of Darko Saric, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for smuggling 5.7 tons of cocaine. Radulovic was sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison during the same trial.
Currently Foreign Minister Dacic, then minister of police, did not deny he was acquainted with Radulovic, but has repeatedly said that this dated back to the time before he became minister of police.
The recordings were made in the period from November 29, 2008 to April 7, 2009. According to KRIK Radulovic during this period met with people from the top of the MUP nine times.
More details about the recordings can be learned exclusively on B92 TV at 4 p.m. when KRIK's editor Stevan Dojcinovic will be a guest on the Kaziprst program.
According to the site, the meetings were recorded by hidden cameras by agents of the Serbian intelligence agency that followed Radulovic as a member of the narco-clan during during Operation Most (Bridge).
The recordings are without audio.
The disclosure of the footage represents new details in a case that threatened to bring down the government of then Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic in early 2013.
Dacic said at the time he had met with Radulovic several times, but had not known at the time he was part of Saric's crime group.
The acquaintance of Dacic with Radulovic is mentioned in the context of the trial of former chief of the cabinet of the minister of Internal Affairs of Serbia Branko Lazarevic, who is also seen in the recordings.
Lazarevic is charged with repeatedly betraying "particularly sensitive data on the implementation of special investigative actions in pre-trial proceedings that were still ongoing, and represent official secrets" in 2008 and 2009, as a member of the organized criminal group of Darko Saric.
Dacic has not given his statements so far about his acquaintance with Radulovic.
The president of the SPS spoke for TV B92 in June of this year about this topic to say that "there is nothing about him that did not appear in public":
"They were talking about me in that sense also in 'Couples'. The only thing I haven't been accused for is Kennedy. If Saric said that he never saw me or knows me, if he came, let him testify," Dacic said.
Whhen information about his contacts with Radulovic appeared in public, Dacic repeatedly said it was "an attack on the government," a politically motivated affair, and that "the question is why the competent authorities had not informed the minister about Radulovic."
The current foreign minister of Serbia in 2013 told TV B92 said that he "would not sell himself for a BlackBerry" and stated that he last saw Radulovic when Serbia won the Davis Cup (2010), because "Radulovic was president of the Tennis Association of Serbia."
"Radulovic never mentioned Saric. When I had contact with him, he was not in the white book," Dacic said.
B92 dealt with the Saric case in 2010, when it asked Dacic about the investigation against Saric and his associates.
Dacic said that the claims that Darko Saric and his associates received information from his office were not true.
He also said that "everyone can happen to know someone whom he does not know is engaged in some activities." He added that at one time "somebody" was also socializing with members of the Zemun Clan, as well as with Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic.
KRIK is a non-profit NGO established to improve investigative journalism in Serbia. It was founded by a team of journalists who have been engaged in exposing crime and corruption for years, and have received numerous awards for their work.
KRIK is part of the international journalistic network Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), consisting of a non-profit research centers and independent media from twenty countries of the world, from the Balkans and Eastern Europe to Central Asia. OCCRP helped found KRIK and helps its development.
Among the founders of KRIK are award-winning Serbian journalist Stevan Dojcinovic, author of the book "Saric - How the Balkan cocaine cartel conquered Europe", published by Samizdat B92.