Defence Minister, Aleksandar Vulin said today that the Military Police arrested yesterday and today eight foreign nationals for trying to take unauthorized pictures of military facilities, as well as to enter them.
Announcing the arrest, Vulin said he did not want to prejudge the case that is under investigation, but added: “It is not a coincidence that such a large number of foreign citizens tried to bust into premises controlled by the Army of Serbia.”
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic mentioned on Sunday the arrest of a “group” of foreigners, but added that their case is “nothing especially serious.”
Allegedly, the four arrested foreigners (Ukrainian and US nationals) were filming the headquarters of the Serbian Army with a drone, but were not fully aware that they were filming a military facility.
The US and Ukrainian citizens, detained in Belgrade, said that they were using the drone to film a documentary about the consequences of the US military interventions in the world on the children from the bombed areas. The four detainees told the investigating authorities that they belong to a non-governmental organization based in California that has been fighting to disclose the truth about the US military interventions in the world.
On the same day, a British and an Afghan with an Italian passport were arrested in Fruska Gora’s military warehouse. Just twenty kilometers away, near Novi Sad, military policemen detained a couple from Spain for unauthorized entry into the Patrovaradin barracks.
Another American was arrested in Serbia earlier this month for possession of an unmarked gun. Pro-government media alleged that he was a former Navy SEAL and had planned the assassination of unidentified Serbian officials.
(Politika, Vecernje Novosti, 19.02.2018)
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