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Montenegro Fires Top Policeman over Alleged Crime Link

The Montenegrin government on Monday dismissed senior police officer Zoran Lazovic after the ruling coalition lobbied for him to step down because of his alleged ties to organised crime groups, which he has denied. The Interior Ministry also axed six other police directors’ assistants. One of the blocs in the… Read More

In Serbia, State’s Ties to Crime Become Hard to Miss

According to the Hungarian sociologist Balint Magyar, in a ‘mafia state’ “The state itself, at the top, works as a criminal organisation.” The term was applied to Montenegro in the 1990s, when state-sanctioned cigarette smuggling provided a financial lifeline during the wars and sanctions of Yugoslavia’s… Read More

Montenegrin Special Prosecutor Accused of Protecting Former Officials

Montenegro’s embattled Special State Prosecutor, Milivoje Katnic – man out of favour with the new government – has been accused of halting investigations into an ex-minister suspected of corruption, and of carrying out covert surveillance operations on former opposition politicians. Montenegro’s State Prosecutor, Zivko Savovic, on Monday accused the Special… Read More
30th December 2020
Montenegro has renewed its request to extradite the ex-president of the former State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, Svetozar Marovic, from Serbia. It comes after a BIRN investigation revealed the Marovic family’s lucrative business interests in Serbia. On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic said the government had renewed the… Read More
2nd September 2020
By Stevan Dojcinovic, Dragana Peco, Jelena Vasic and Pavla Holcova, OCCRP, 1 September 2020 OCCRP — What do drug traffickers do with the mountains of cash they make supplying Europe’s cocaine habit? For members of Group America, the answer is easy: Spend it on Zlatibor, a mountain resort in… Read More
26th June 2020
The political career of Malta’s former deputy prime minister Konrad Mizzi lies in ruins after his ruling Labour Party (PL) colleagues voted for his expulsion over secretive offshore dealings revealed in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists-led Panama Papers investigation. Mizzi was the star performer during the country’s… Read More
22nd June 2020
In the months before her murder in 2017, Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was on the trail of an offshore company called 17 Black Limited. She didn’t know who owned the firm, which was registered in the United Arab Emirates. But she was certain it was set up to channel… Read More
6th May 2020
By Bojana Jovanović, Stevan Dojčinović and Svetlana Đokić, OCCRP, 5 May 2020 OCCRP — A police officer, a football hooligan, and a Montenegrin gangster walk through a ski resort in the mountains of southern Serbia. Nine hours later, and halfway across the country, the gangster is dead in a Belgrade… Read More
18th November 2019
Three prime ministers took to a stage in the ballroom of a five-star London hotel this week offering the world’s wealthiest people “golden passports” and citizenship of their countries in return for hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment or flat “contributions”. Allen Chastanet, the prime minister… Read More
8th November 2019
Prosecutors in Montenegro halted an investigation into nearly 22 million euros illegally paid to privileged clients of a failing financial institution while it was under the management of the Central Bank, even as smaller account holders lost their savings. The state prosecutor’s office ended its probe into the Central Bank’s… Read More
7th October 2019
Montenegro has on Thursday officially launched the application process for its Citizens by Investment Program, otherwise known as the Golden Visa scheme, which offers rich foreigners and their families citizenship in return for investments worth hundreds of thousands of euros. Golden Visa programs came under scrutiny after investigative journalists… Read More
5th July 2019
For three years, a sleek 21-meter yacht moored in Porto Montenegro, an exclusive marina on the Balkan nation’s Adriatic coast. But documents obtained by OCCRP suggest that the boat was more than just a pleasure cruiser for the rich: It was a vessel for moving money of dubious origin via… Read More