Head of the Serbian Anti-Corruption Agency, Dragan Sikimic said that the Agency would not launch any proceedings against Finance Minister Sinisa Mali even though the Millennium Team Company, which was awarded lucrative deals while he was mayor of Belgrade, gave his brother a car and apartment, the KRIK investigative portal reported, quoting a statement from the Agency.
KRIK said that its journalists asked the Agency about alleged corruption links between Mali and the company and the Agency replied that it had investigated Mali over the past year since he was appointed finance minister. “They did not look into what Mali did as mayor,” the website said.
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It added that the Agency failed to realize that Mali himself approved the contract with Millennium Team stipulating construction of housing for security services personnel. Earlier, KRIK reported that during Mali’s term as mayor, the company was awarded contracts worth at least 15 million euro at the start of the construction of the Belgrade Waterfront development, one of the biggest and most lucrative construction projects in Serbia.
The Agency’s statement also quoted the Finance Ministry which said that it had no dealings with the Millennium Team. KRIK recently published a document, signed personally by Sinisa Mali, stating that he had no objections to the company being awarded one of the most valuable government jobs.
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