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Second protest in support of dismissed prosecutors in Belgrade

March 10, 2023

A second gathering of support for two dismissed deputy public prosecutors was held in Belgrade on Friday, the same day that disciplinary charges were filed against Higher Public Prosecutor Nenad Stefanovic.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Bojana Savovic was taken off her investigation into alleged corruption in the national power company (EPS) and transferred to a different deparment. Fellow Deputy Public Prosecutor Jasmina Paunovic was also transferred for lending her support to Savovic. The transfers came after six people were arrested in the EPS.

An earlier protest on March 2 in front of the Serbian government headquarters was held under the slogan We’re Not Giving Up Our Lauras, an allusion to former Romanian anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Kovesi who went on to become the first European Chief Prosecutor. The chant was taken up at Friday’s protest. That protest demanded the dismissal of Republic Public Prosecutor Zagorka Dolovac, Stefanovic and his deputy Brankica Maric as well as the return fo Savovic and Paunovic to their earlier posts.

A group of Deputy Public Prosecutors filed disciplinary charges against their chief Nenad Stefanovic with the State Prosecutors’ Council alleging that he “jeopardized the trust of the public in the Higher Public Prosecution” and “made obviously false statements”.

A petition was also launched for the dismissal of Dolovac, Stefanovic and Maric.

The Serbian state TV (RTS) reported that five witnesses in the EPS investigation will be interrogated next week by anti-corruption prosecutors.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/second-protest-in-support-of-dismissed-prosecutors-in-belgrade/ 

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