Inspectors, police employees among 53 arrested

The Serbian police on Wednesday arrested 53 persons as part of an "action to prevent and suppress financial crime and corruption."

Source: Beta

Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic announced this, adding that criminal complaints have been filed against 25 others suspected of committing a variety of criminal acts, "especially related to abuses in state services."

"It is estimated that starting in 2005 until today these persons caused damage worth over EUR 10 million to the Serbian budget, the budget of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, local self-governments and other economic subjects," the Interior Ministry (MUP) said in a statement.

Stefanovic explained that those detained include inspectors from the Ministry of Agriculture, employees of the Lasta transportation company, members of the managing board of the Zemun Veterinary Institute, as well as 13 police employees in charge of vehicle registration, "and responsible persons in public utilities companies."

Stefanovic said that the arrests proved the state's determination to deal with all forms of crime and corruption and that those guilty "will not be protected by their position, political affiliation or the office they hold."


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