Millions of secret documents, dubious networks of connected companies on exotic islands and ties between politicians and businesspeople – all of this is contained in the Pandora Papers which also involve two high-ranking officials of Serbia and Montenegro, Siniša Mali and Milo Đukanović.
Sinisa Mali, the Minister of Finance in the Serbian government, owned 24 luxury flats on the Bulgarian coast, according to documents obtained by investigative journalists from KRIK. According to them, Mali, as the owner of two offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands, bought 23 flats, plus another one in his name.
The next day, Mali stated that the Papers contain “lies and that “the real target here is, in fact, the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić”. The Pandora Papers consist of nearly 12 million leaked documents containing business secrets of 35 current and former world leaders, revealing hidden wealth, tax evasion and, in some cases, money laundering by some of the world’s most powerful and wealthy people.
These documents also mention Nikola Petrović, director of Serbian public enterprise, Elektromreža Srbije, particularly his dealings in the period from September 2012 to the end of 2016, as well as Novica Tončev, Minister without portfolio in the government of Serbia
Among the 400 officials from over 90 countries reported is also Montenegro’s President, Milo Đukanović and his son Blažo. The Montenegrin news network, MANS, reports that Đukanović and his son had signed secret agreements on managing their assets in 2012, hiding behind a complicated network of related companies in Britain, Switzerland, the British Virgin Islands, Panama and Gibraltar.
Furthermore, the son of the President of Montenegro allegedly used the same structure to form two clandestine companies with sister companies in London and Montenegro, according to ‘MANS’.
More than 600 journalists from 117 countries have spent months studying these secret documents from 14 different sources and more stories will come out this week.
(BBC News Serbia / Naslovi.net, 07.10.2021)
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