The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, has confirmed that the director of public enterprise Putevi Srbije (Roads of Serbia), Zoran Drobnjak, had opened an account in Switzerland and transferred money to it between 2006 and 2008 and that now the authorities will investigate the origin of that money and its transfer to Switzerland.
“Drobnjak does not have the money any longer. That money was generated between 2006 and 2008, which was the time of huge embezzlement. At that time, Drobnjak took hundreds of thousands of euros and put them there,” Vučić said, responding to journalists’ request to comment on the Serbian National Bank’s (NBS) allegations that Drobnjak had not asked them for approval to open that account.
Vučić sent a request to the NBS to publish data on the exact date of the transfer of that money to the Swiss accounts and said that Drobnjak must explain how he earned that money at that time.
“I want to know which government official allowed him to earn that kind of money and transfer it to a Swiss bank,” Vucic added, saying that it happened during the government led by the opposition politicians, namely Dragan Djilas, Vuk Jeremic and others.
Dozens of names of current and former politicians and business people have appeared in the documents leaked by the Credit Suisse Bank, in the coordinated investigation, similar to the Panama Papers. These include Serbian politicians and business people too.
The report, which disclosed the internal procedures of the bank, shows the details of the accounts of about 30,000 clients of Credit Suisse who had deposited more than 100 billion Swiss francs (about 96 billion euros) in the Swiss bank. Credit Suisse opened or maintained bank accounts to numerous high-risk clients around the world.
The investigative journalism website, KRIK, has learned that the director of Putevi Srbije, Zoran Drobnjak, had just over half a million Swiss francs, or more than 300,000 euros, in a secret account at Credit Suisse in mid-2008. The documents also showed that Drobnjak allowed businessman Radovan Marinkovic, owner of companies Centrolek and Minnex Trading Corporation, to have access to his money in Switzerland.
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