"Defense and culture ministers could be sacked"

Any possible changes in the Serbian government will not be decided about via the media, a Belgrade daily has learned from PM Ana Brnabic's cabinet.

Source: Tanjug
(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)

"The prime minister is listening very carefully and following the comments made in the public. But she will not make decisions under pressure," Politika was told.

According to the newspaper, "unofficial announcements" mention Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin and Culture Minister Vladan Vukosavljevic as two members of the cabinet that could be replaced in January.

Vukosavljevic was also mentioned in this context several months ago, the article continued, when "a part of the media" reported - "a they do now" - that his performance has been "lackluster."

As for Vulin, he is in the spotlight after the website KRIK said that he could not prove the origin of the money that he used five years ago to buy an apartment in Belgrade.

Vulin said that the EUR 200,000 was borrowed from his wife's aunt who lives in Canada, while KRIK said that his income does not cover the value of the apartment, and that there has been no record about the amount mentioned being brought into the country.

As they said, the Anti Corruption Agency reported Vulin to the prosecution on suspicion that he had committed a crime, while the prosecution suspended the procedure two years later.

"The agency kept the report secret. Only after a complaint submitted to Commissioner Rodoljub Sabic and his intervention, it came to the hands of KRIK journalists and now of the public," KRIK wrote, adding that the prosecution had kept the case "in the drawer" for two years because "the police ignored their requests."

In early July the Organized Crime Prosecution closed the case and announced their was no evidence that Vulin had committed any crime covered by their jurisdiction. The case was transferred to the First Basic Prosecution, that was checking only whether Vulin had reported his property to the Agency.


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