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Serbia’s police & Justice Ministry members in joint exercise

July 29, 2021

Members of Serbia's Interior Ministry Gendarmerie and the Justice Ministry's Directorate for Execution of Criminal Sanctions held a joint exercise in front of the Special Court in Belgrade to show skills and abilities in repelling attacks and neutralising attackers on a convoy of vehicles when escorting defendants from the Court to the District Prison.

Thirty-seven members of the Gendarmerie and ten Directorate officers with nine vehicles took part in the exercise, with Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin and Justice Minister Maja Popovic witnessing the event.

The Special Court’s detention unit is the current home to the members of an organised criminal group led by Veljko Belivuk, suspected of the most heinous crimes, including first-degree murders, drugs and arms trafficking, rape, kidnapping, grinding people…

Some of the arrested group’s members alleged in statements to prosecutors that they had links to President Aleksandar Vucic, Vulin and some other high-ranked officials of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).

Vulin addressed them by saying: „Those behind the walls of this prison thought they were more powerful; they thought their cruelty and wealth were enough to beat us, to kill, to steal, to lie, to poison our children with drugs and no one to oppose them. They saw that they were not stronger than the state. Today, they are defending themselves with lies, trying to attribute their crimes to someone else,“ Vulin said, adding that all of them would have a fair trial.

Popovic said her Ministry would continue further work on strengthening the capacity, improving salaries and additional training of the police and the Administration for the Execution of Institutional Sanctions.

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/serbias-police-justice-ministry-members-in-joint-exercise/

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