Prelevic: New law about BIA is dangerous

The former Serbian deputy Interior Minister, Bozo Prelevic has assessed that the proposed changes to the Law on the BIA opens the door to “infinite abuses.”

He underlined that there were many red flags regarding the law.

On Wednesday, the Serbian government sent its proposed changes to this law to the National Assembly, that – if adopted – would give the director of the Security-Information Agency (BIA) the right to independently make decisions on new hires (without job competitions) and pay grades within the institution. 

“Everything looks far worse now than it did in 2000,” Prelevic said. “BIA Director Bratislav Gasic obviously wants absolute power with no control. If these changes are adopted, the opportunity ofr misuse and abuse would be infinite, and we should bear in mind that those have not been trivial in the past.” 

“Gasic did not come to the helm of the BIA based on his knowledge and skills, but as the (ruling SNS) party personnel,” Prelevic has told Beta. 

Prelevic also said that, as early as a year ago, he warned that “the situation in the military, the police, and the security services would get worse.” 

He recalled that NGO LEX, as far back as 2002, proposed a better Law on the BIA, which was subsequently dismissed, while the new proposed changes create the possibility of setting up “a partisan intelligence service.” 

In its desire to increase its grip on power, the ruling coalition “is working towards setting up a new Goli Otok”, if the changes to the Law on the BIA are adopted – Prelevic adds.

The reference to “Goli Otok” concerns the regime led by post-WW2 Yugoslav communist dictator Josip Broz “Tito” who punished the political opponents of his decision to break off with the Soviet-led Communist International or Comitern, for short, by sending them to a labour camp on Goli Otok, a barren island off Croatia’s Adriatic coast. 

In Serbian vernacular, the term has since come to represent “political persecution”.

(B92, 31.08.2017)




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