Milan Dumanovic, a member of the Liberation movement and former inspector of the Serbian Criminal Investigation Division, said on May 17 that the deputy head of the Serbian Progressive Party, Nebojsa Stefanovic, will most likely lose all his positions but will not be going to prison.
Dumanovic told BETA that the conflict between Stefanovic and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will end in a compromise.
“The most important thing at the moment, for both Vucic and Sefanovic, is that neither should be linked to organized crime. The two close friends will make a deal; Stefanovic will get freedom, and Vucic omertà. If Stefanovic talks, Vucic’s political career is over,” the former inspector pointed out.
Dumanovic also claims that there will be no real fight against organized crime in Serbia as long as Aleksandar Vucic is at its helm. Most Progressive party officials, wherever they are in Serbia, according to Dumanovic, have ties with organized crime groups.
“If Vucic were truly to start the fight against organized crime, he would have to completely destroy his party since a large number of its officials would end up in prison. In many Serbian cities crime groups and Progressive officials are openly working together,” Dumanovic said, adding that Vucic is in a constant pre-election campaign and that the whole state apparatus and its activities serve to boost the president’s ratings.