It’s been three months since the so-called Palma affair and nothing has been done

Three months have passed since the vice-president of the Freedom and Justice Party (SSP), Marinika Tepic, announced at a press conference that underage girls were used as entertainment at parties organised by Dragan Markovic Plama, mayor of Jagodina.

No one knows at what stage the subsequent investigation is in at the moment. In the meantime, Markovic has appeared in parliament, hosted the Serbian Orthodox Church patriarch Porfirije and met President Aleksandar Vucic at official events.

On 19 April, Tepic told a press conference that “15, 16 and 17-year-old girls brought from Belgrade” were present at the Alfa Hotel and the Tigar Club near Jagodina and that “after the parties at these two locations ended, the girls stayed on”.

According to her, such parties were organised by the leader of United Serbia and the mayor of Jagodina, Dragan Markovic Palma, while some parties were also attended by officials of the Socialist Party of Serbia.

Sanda Raskovic Ivic, vice-president of the People’s Party, against whom Markovic is planning to file a lawsuit, told Danas daily that the last three months clearly demonstrated that Serbia is a private asset.

“It’s been three months since this happened and the prosecution’s failure to react shows that there is neither justice nor shame in our society. This is a privately run state where there are no state institutions, where omerta is alive and well, where top officials are sticking together and where everyone else is trampled on,”  said Raskovic Ivic.

Markovic immediately denied the accusations that Tepic had made against him, using a barrage of insults in the media against her.

(Danas, 20.07.2021)

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