The company United BG, owned by Branko Stefanovic, the father of the Serbian interior minister, obtained the license for manufacturing weapons this year, the Nedeljnik weekly reported.
In its latest, Sept. 26 issue, the weekly reported that the license to the company United BG was issued by the Ministry of Defense on April 9, for the period of one year.
"Thus, United BG is now listed in the registry of manufacturers of weapons and military equipment of the Ministry of Defense, under number 47 out of the total of 50 companies which have the license to manufacture weapons. This registry is published on the web-site of the Defense Ministry," the paper reported.
According to the report, it is unknown which weapons the company of Branko Stefanovic was manufacturing, nor whether United BG had fulfilled all the criteria prescribed by the Defense Ministry for the procedure for issuing the weapons manufacturing license.
"On the basis of the weapons manufacturing license having been issued, Branko Stefanovic and all employees of his private company have obtained access to data classified as 'confidential', according to the decision of the Office of the Council for National Security, the secretary of which is Nebojsa Stefanovic," Nedeljnik reported.
Earlier, the media reported that Branko Stefanovic was involved in the sale of mortar ammunition to Saudi Arabia, which subsequently ended up in the hands of Islamic extremists in Yemen.