Party of Freedom and Justice president Dragan Djilas told BETA on Aug. 28 that he would obey a court summons for Sept. 1 per a report against him by the Interior Ministry of violating curfew, but that he would not pay any fines and that he was prepared to go to jail instead.
On that evening in early May 2020, Djilas said, when some 100 people assembled in front of the building where his underage children live, he was defending the right of his family to a "more of less" normal life, and that he would pay no fines for something that every father would do for his children.
He went on to say that he had endured "demonization and terror" for years and that it was leaving a mark on his family, mother and friends.
"I ask no mercy from the people who have been doing that to me for eight years. But I'm not paying a fine for something any father would do for his child.
I'm prepared even to go to jail, but I'm not voluntarily accepting punishment for resistance from the same people who are doing all of that to me," Djilas said.
He added that the report only revealed the "dictatorship" we live in.