Anti-Corruption Agency accuses LDP leader
Serbia's Anti-Corruption Agency has asked the authorities to bring criminal charges against Čedomir Jovanović, Belgrade-based daily Blic writes.Source: Blic
The leader of the Liberal-Democrats (LDP) and MP in the current parliament failed to report all the property he owns, according to this.
The article says that the agency reacted after receiving complaints from the citizens, and decided to send the case to the State Prosecution after collecting its evidence.
Jovanović declined to make any comment for the newspaper, but his party deputy Nenad Milić said that the case amounted to "a misunderstanding", that the LDP supported the work of the agency, and were "ready to enable for its efficient functioning in every way".
But on Tuesday, Jovanović addressed the issue by rejecting all accusations against him, and said the agency should bear responsibility if the authorities conclude that its accusations were unfounded.
The agency's board president, Čedomir Čupić, told the newspaper that the anti-corruption watchdog acts upon receiving complaints from the citizens.
"After we check their allegations and collect evidence, we warn the official in question that the data on the property the agency has does not match what they had reported. At the same time, we give them a deadline to submit a reply. If they fail to do that and convince us otherwise, we put together a draft criminal complaint," he explained.
But in the interest of the ongoing investigation Čupić would not reveal what property Jovanović failed to report, saying only that criminal complaints "cannot be drawn without evidence".