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Police enter opposition-held Belgarde municipality “to collect documents”

November 5, 2019

Serbia’s Interior Ministry (MUP) said police, as ordered by the Higher Public Prosecutors’ Office, came the municipality of Stari Grad in down-town Belgrade on Tuesday to “gather documents related an investigation on possible wrong-doings in the municipality," N1 reported.

 MUP reacted to the posts on social networks, saying “eight policemen stormed the Stari Grad municipality building.”

The Ministry's statement added the Prosecutors’ Office “is conducting a pre-investigation proceedings” following claims made by the municipality head and an opposition leader Marko Bastac’s best man Lazar Lesnjak about his involvement in corruption.

Lesnjak charged that Bastac forced him to take bribe money from investors who illegally built on the Stari Grad, the only opposition-controlled district in the capital,  territory and bring it to him in envelopes. He said that once when he failed to do that, Bastac beat and tortured him for hours.

Bastac denied the whole story, saying he couldn’t see any other reason for “such a lie” except that his best man was blackmailed into saying that.    

Bastac, who was not in the building later told reporters "police were doing their job, did not look for me,' adding they searched the documents which were subject of control of different institutions before.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a541218/Police-search-for-documents-in-opposition-held-Belgarde-municipality.html

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