Exclusive – Drug dealer meets with Albanian mafia
‘EUROBLIC’ team | 13. 07. 2011. - 00:02h | Foto: N. B. | Comments 0
One of the most wanted fugitives in Europe, a drug dealer Darko Saric (41) charged with smuggling of more than 2.5 tons of cocaine from Latin America was in Drvar (Bosnia/Herzegovina) on holiday just a few days ago!
Our sources claim that he there met with a controversial businessman from Sarajevo Naser Keljmendi (54), Kosovo Albanian who has been active in drug dealing market in the Balkans and some of the EU countries for many years.
Police agencies from seven European countries in cooperation with Interpol have collected huge documentation which is a proof of Keljmendi’s criminal activity and his Balkan mafia clan.
Veljovic: We are investigate reports in ‘Blic’
Veselin Veljovic, Montenegrin Police Director said yesterday that ‘Darko Saric is definitely not in Montenegro’ and that ‘he shall be arrested the moment he appears in that country’.
‘We shall no doubt investigate ‘Blic’ reporting about two Serbian policemen spied by
Saric’s associates in Montenegro. If those reports prove to be grounded we shall react very quickly’, Veljovic said.
|Naser Kelmendi: From Kosovo Inmate to Sarajevo Businessman|
|Monday, 16 November 2009|
|By The Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo. |
Naser Kelmendi, whose alleged drug dealing has long made him a target of Balkan law enforcement agencies, is facing more scrutiny after SIPA made a special presentation to Interpol in Lyon, France outlining what it calls his criminal network.
Three law enforcement agencies in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) have spent years investigating Naser Kelmendi, a Sarajevo businessman who came to the country from Kosovo soon after the war in BiH and built what investigators describe as a Balkan criminal empire.
Kelmendi, his sons and his half-brother, Bećir, run a number of firms in BiH, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo, and do business with some of the region’s big businessmen.
The State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) has collected an extensive dossier on Kelmendi, 52, who they say has a criminal organization with connections to influential people.
Federation of BiH (FBiH) police officials say their colleagues across Europe are acquainted with his history; SIPA officials gave a presentation on Kelmendi to Interpol in Lyon, France in 2008.
Although there have been numerous complaints against him, he has never been to trial in BiH.
Interviews with BiH police investigators make it clear they consider him extraordinarily intelligent and wise. They say Kelmendi controls drug trafficking regionally. Despite those suspicions, police officials in Sarajevo and Zenica gave Kelmendi and two of his sons gun permits – even while one faced an indictment for carrying illegal weapon -- while customs officers from Zenica allowed importation of armored cars for personal use and underestimated the true value of the cars.
In Sarajevo Canton, police have filed at least 13 criminal complaints in the past five years against Kelmendi and his sons Elvis, Liridon and Besnik, including charges of murder, attempted murder and assault.
While Naser Kelmendi has never been to trial, two of his sons and his half brother have been convicted of relatively minor charges in Sarajevo Municipal court.
On May 10, 2004 Bećir Kelmendi was sentenced to
six-months probation for purchase and carrying a gun without a permit; On April 5, 2006, Liridon Kelmendi was given seven months probation for carrying a weapon and ammunition without a permit; and on July 2, 2009 Elvis Kelmendi received a one-year probation for violent behavior. He pleaded guilty for hitting a man three times in face and hitting women with a fist.
Naser Kelmendi would not speak to the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo (CIN), said his lawyer, Midhat Kočo. But Kočo did lash out at local media, particularly CIN.
"Because, in our opinion, you journalists have written so much just from your head that you don’t deserve our attention and confidence that we should talk to you," Kočo said. "Especially from CIN. It is tragic."
"So much harm was brought against him in, let’s say, the last couple of years. His hotel was raided five or six times. They never found even a match which was illegitimate. ... There is no need for us to justify ourselves – if we are guilty of something, we will be held accountable."
In fact, in an April 2005 raid, Kelmendi’s son Liridon was found with an illegal fire arm during one of the raids. Whether the Kelmendi’s will be held accountable depends largely on Canton Sarajevo prosecutors who have combined 12 open criminal reports against the family into one case which is currently being investigated.
Meanwhile, SIPA has been looking into the international affairs of Kelmendi and his connections with influential people in BiH and the region.
In SIPA’s Interpol presentation, obtained by CIN and titled "Naser Kelmendi’s Criminal Organization," the agency outlined what it knew about Kelmendi at a November 2008 meeting at the General Secretariat of Interpol in Lyon, France. The SIPA document alleges that Kelmendi heads one of the best organized criminal organizations not only in BiH, but in the whole region. The Kelmendi organization has allegedly been involved drug and cigarette trafficking, money laundering and loan sharking.
By the Center for Investigative Journalism in Sarajevo. Naser Kelmendi has been identified as the leader of one of the best organized criminal...
|Serbia’s new weapon against OC|
|CCWatch - CC Watch Indepth|
|Wednesday, 06 May 2009|
| A man serving 40 years in prison for his role in the assassination of the Serbian prime minister now stands to lose his Belgrade villa, his Athens apartment and bank accounts in Switzerland and Greece under a new law on asset forfeiture passed in Serbia in March. The heavily tattooed former French Foreign Legionnaire Milorad Ulemek was in a Belgrade court last week, where the fate of his bank accounts and property will be decided. He had been affiliated with the Zemun Clan, a notorious Serbian crime group that specialized in kidnapping, in smuggling of arms, cigarettes and people and in murders, including the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic in 2003.|
The state prosecutor said this month that the assets of other criminal Zemun Clan members also have been temporarily confiscated and may be permanently seized under the new law.
The law, which came into effect March 1, freezes assets whose value is found to be out of line with a suspect’s legal income. It allows the state to confiscate the assets if the suspect is convicted of organized crime, child pornography, human trafficking, narcotics trafficking, corruption and crimes against humanity. The suspect has to prove the property was acquired legally.
"I think that the government has shown absolute readiness; now it is up to the prosecution and courts to allow for the adequate implementation of the law,” Justice Ministry state secretary Slobodan Homen said earlier about Serbia’s new asset forfeiture program, which authorities there are trumpeting as a powerful tool to fight Serbia’s entrenched organized crime groups.
Taking Proceeds of Racketeering
Serbia is the latest country to target organized crime by passing laws to allow the state to take the proceeds of drug dealing, racketeering and other malfeasance. The 27-nation European Union (EU) is also looking to create national offices to coordinate forfeiture across borders. Countries like the US, Britain, and even Colombia have used asset forfeiture to the detriment of organized crime, and a recent study suggests that anti-organized crime programs that ignore asset forfeiture fail to use an important weapon. But an attorney with one watchdog group warns that forfeiture, if unsupervised, may contribute to crime and corruption.