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13 November 2017 - Representatives of Secondary School of Economics “Mirko Vešović“ visited Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica

Students of the Secondary School of Economics “Mirko Vešović“ have visited the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, on which occasion they got familiar with the manner of work and jurisdiction of this prosecutor's office.

Students led by the teachers of “Legal Procedures“, Tanja Đorojević and Ana Marković, talked to the state prosecutor Maja Knežević and the head of the Professional Service of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office Dijana Popović Gavranović.  

The state prosecutor noted, in particular, the importance of being introduced into the tasks falling within the competence of the prosecution office, for the purpose of their further training and improvement, as well as acquiring practical knowledge and experience.

Interlocutors expressed their expectations for the similar visits to be organized in the coming period what confirms the success of the cooperation between this secondary school and the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica.

 


09 November 2017– Supreme State Prosecutor rejected petition for recusation

The Supreme State Prosecutor has rendered a ruling rejecting the petition for recusation of the Special State Prosecutor, Milivoje Katnić, in the proceedings conducted for the criminal offences of creation of a criminal organisation and attempted terrorism, as unfounded.

The Supreme State Prosecutor dismissed the petition for recusation of the special prosecutor Saša Čađenović because it does not state any circumstances due to which the petitioners think there are reasons for his recusation.

The petition for recusation was submitted by the defence attorneys at the main hearing held on 08 November 2017 in the case which is conducted upon the indictment of the Special State Prosecutor's Office, before the High Court in Podgorica.
This decision shall not be subject to a separate appeal. 


07 November 2017 – Delegation of State Prosecution Office in visit to judicial institutions of Portugal

The delegation of the Supreme Prosecutor's Office is paying a study visit to judicial institutions of Portugal.

The aim of the visit is to exchange experiences and become familiar with the judicial system of Portugal as well as with the manner of work and operation of Portuguese judicial institutions.

Visits to the Public Prosecution Service of Portugal and the Portuguese High Prosecutorial Council and also other institutions had been planned within the study visit which was organized from 5-9 November 2017.

The visit is made within the project „Accountability of the Judicial System“ which is a part of the EU and the Council of Europe Joint Programme – Horizontal Mechanisms for Western Balkans and Turkey.


01 November 2017 – Welcoming address of Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković at the ceremony on the occasion of marking Days of State Prosecutors of Montenegro 


As you’re all aware, the year behind us was filled with events where the State Prosecutor’s Office was often in the spotlight. I say WAS, but I think it might be better to say, it still IS. 

Those situations shouldn’t bother us. On contrary, they should just show and prove that state prosecutors are not susceptible to any influence, regardless of what they’re trying to attribute to them. 

But who and what is trying to attribute to us? I believe you’ve noticed, when you listen to a part of the public, that the State Prosecutor’s Office is sometimes under the influence of government, and sometimes under the influence of opposition. It all depends on how much the decisions the State Prosecutor’s Office has made suit those who are analysing them.

That’s why all of them need to understand that State Prosecutor’s Office doesn’t deal with the government or opposition, but perpetrators only. 

Read the full speech


31 October 2017 – Public Relations Workshop held 

The two-day workshop “Prosecution Office and Public Relations“, which was attended by representatives of all state prosecution offices in Montenegro and prosecutors spokesmen from basic, high and the Special State Prosecutor's Office, was held in Budva.

The aim of the workshop was to consider the possibilities and capacities of the State Prosecution Office of Montenegro for improvement of co-operation with media, civil sector and citizens.

The representatives of the State Prosecution Office of Montenegro had an opportunity to exchange their experiences with public relations experts from the USA, as well as with their counterparts from the Special Prosecutor's Office of Macedonia.

The workshop was organised in co-operation with the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office and the US Embassy through the INL rule of law programme.


27 October 2017 – Continuation of co-operation in war crime cases
 
The state prosecutor at the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office Veselin Vučković was staying in Belgrade where he participated in the work of a group regarding strengthening regional co-operation in processing war crimes.

It is the third meeting of prosecutors from the region organised in 2017 within the project of “Strengthening Regional Co-operation in Processing War Crimes and Search for Missing Person", which is implemented under the auspices of the UNDP.

The project is aimed at increasing efficiency of processing war crimes and search for missing persons through improvement of cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia.

During the meeting in Belgrade, the prosecutors from the region assessed the current legal framework of co-operation, as well as proposals for its improvement.


18 October 2017 – Motion for detention of the suspects for setting Police Directorate vehicle on fire

 
Upon the order of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bar, the Police Directorate officers deprived of liberty two persons (A.S. and R.M.) from Bar on the existence of suspicion that they had committed the criminal offence of causing general danger. 
 
The suspects are reasonably suspected of having poured gasoline on the Police Directorate “Dacia Duster“ vehicle and set it on fire on 17 October 2017, at around 3:30 a.m.
 
After interrogation, the state prosecutor of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bar rendered a decision on holding for up to 72 hours, and the investigative judge of the Basic Court in Bar was delivered the motion ordering detention.
 

16 October 2017 – News: Meeting with emissary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Socialist Republic of Germany for Southeastern Europe, Turkey and EFTA member


The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković talked with the emissary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Germany for Southeastern Europe, Turkey and EFTA member, Christian Hellbach, and the German Ambassador to Montenegro, Hans Ginter Mattern, in the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica.

The Supreme State Prosecutor made the collocutors familiar with the structure and organisation of the State Prosecutor's Office, as well as with the implementation of the Law on State Prosecutor's Office.

Stanković also noted that in respect of the implementation of commitments from the action plans for negotiating Chapters 23 and 24, activities of the State Prosecutor's Office and the Prosecutorial Council, with special regard to the judiciary, corruption repression and fundamental rights, are continuously undertaken.

The interlocutors expressed their expectation that a good co-operation from the previous period would be continued in the future.


4 October 2017 – Detention against the accused for fire in Šušanj

The Basic Court in Bar approved the motion of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bar to extend detention against a Polish citizen S.D.Z. by 30 days for the criminal offence of causing general danger.

After conducting the preliminary investigation, the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bar filed a bill of indictment against the Polish citizen and at the same time suggested extending the detention against the accused.

The main trial was scheduled for 13 October 2017. 


28 September 2017 – News: Detention for usury ordered

Upon the order of the prosecutor from the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Nikšić, officers of the Police Directorate, Security Center Nikšić have deprived of liberty B.M. from Nikšić for the existence of a reasonable suspicion that he committed the criminal offence of usury.

Namely, there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that in January 2017, in Nikšić, the suspect B.M. lent the amount of € 800.00 to the injured party H.A. from Nikšić, stipulating disproportionate material gain of 12% monthly interest for the amount lent and that the injured party H.A. has paid him the amount of €600.00 in interest for a period of 6 months.

After examining the suspect, the state prosecutor rendered a decision on holding the suspect for 72 hours.


19 September 2017 – Jelena Đaletić, liaison prosecutor to EUROJUST

At the session of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, a state prosecutor at the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, Jelena Đaletić, was appointed as the first Liaison Prosecutor to the European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (EUROJUST) in Hague for a period of two years.

Appointing a state prosecutor is envisaged by the Ratification Law of the Agreement on Cooperation between Montenegro and EUROJUST.

EUROJUST was established as a European Union body with the aim of encouraging and improving coordination between judicial authorities of member states.

The role of the liaison prosecutor is very important because she will contribute, through her activities, to efficient international cooperation which implies establishing contacts and coordination activities in concrete cases involving a foreign element. Appointment of the liaison prosecutor will contribute to the timely and efficient acting of state prosecutors in cases of international legal assistance, which will show that the State Prosecution of Montenegro is a respectable partner in the fight against crime at the international level. 

Jelena Đaletić is recommended for the position of a liaison prosecutor by her long-standing experience in the Ministry of Justice and the judiciary, as well as by the fact that she performs the duties related to the international cooperation and international legal assistance.


14 September 2017 – UK Ambassador to Montenegro visited Supreme State Prosecutor's Office

The Supreme State Prosecutor and his associates spoke with the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Montenegro H. E. Alison Kemp in the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica. 

The Supreme State Prosecutor made the Ambassador familiar with the structure and organization of the State Prosecutor's Office, as well as with the results achieved in the previous period.

Stanković pointed out that he is aware that the Ambassador will meet with different opinions on the work of the Prosecution Office during her talks with representatives of different structures.

''One of the reasons is that we are supported when their opinions correspond to the decisions of the Prosecution Office, while otherwise we are criticised '' – Supreme Prosecutor stated precisely emphasizing that neither praise nor criticism can affect the prosecution since it renders the decisions solely on the basis of the results of the evidentiary proceedings.

The Ambassador Kemp said the role of the Prosecution Office is of a vital importance for the judiciary of the country and noted that she had recognised the problems related to the working conditions and spatial capacities of the institution.

The two officials expressed their expectations that good cooperation from the previous period would be continued in the future as well.


11 September 2017 – News: US Ambassador to Montenegro visited Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica 

The Ambassador of the United States to Montenegro, H.E. Margaret Ann Uyehara visited the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica and on that occasion she visited the premises of this body which are equipped with the financial support of the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro.
 
The head of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, Ljiljana Klikovac, thanked the distinguished Ambassador for a continuing support and at the same time emphasized that the financial support provided to the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica is the continuation of a good cooperation between the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica and the State Prosecution.  

''Working conditions of the state prosecutors in the Basic State Prosecutor's Office are significantly improved by the donation of the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica '' - noted Klikovac.

The collocutors agreed that their good cooperation to date will be continued in the forthcoming period.


25 July 2017 – Supreme State Prosecutor rejected petition for recusation

Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković issued a decision rejecting a petition for recusation of Chief Special Prosecutor, as unfounded, in the proceedings conducted for the criminal offences of creation of a criminal organisation and attempted terrorism.

The petition was submitted by an attorney of one of the defendants in the case conducted based on the indictment of the Special State Prosecutor's Office, at the sitting prior to the main hearing before the High Court in Podgorica on 20 July 2017.

A separate appeal is not allowed against this Decision.


19 July 2017 – Supreme State Prosecutor rejected petition for recusation

Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković issued a Decision rejecting the Petition for recusation of the Chief Special Prosecutor and the acting special prosecutor, as unfounded, in the case conducted for the criminal offences of creation of a criminal organisation and attempted terrorism.

He dismissed the recusation request against other special prosecutors in the Special State Prosecutor's Office because they do not act in the specific case.

The recusation petition was submitted by three defence attorneys in the case that the Special State Prosecutor's Office has brought before the High Court in Podgorica.

A separate appeal is not allowed against this Decision.


6 July 2017 – News: Supreme State Prosecutor issued mandatory instruction for proceeding to Chief Special Prosecutor

With regard to the request of the Chief Special Prosecutor submitted to the Parliament of Montenegro for approving initiation of the criminal proceedings and ordering detention against N.M., MP of the Parliament of Montenegro, on the existence of a reasonable suspicion that he had committed the criminal offence of creation of a criminal organisation referred to in Article 401a para 1 in conjunction with para 6 of the Criminal Code of Montenegro, pursuant to Articles 131 and 132 of the Law on State Prosecutor's Office, the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has issued mandatory instruction for proceeding to the Chief Special Prosecutor.

The Instruction states that, having regard to the fact that the measure of detention on remand is ordered only in exceptional cases and that it must always be justified when necessary for the purpose of undisturbed conduct of the proceedings, as well as the presumption of innocence and the presumption in favour of liberty, in the case in question, detention should not be ordered against N.M., in order to avoid inappropriate implementation of measure of detention due to the inexistence of reasons for detention referred to in Article 175 of the Criminal Procedure Code, since pursuant to the Constitution of Montenegro, the Criminal Procedure Code and international standards, detention is ordered only when strictly necessary and when it represents a measure of last resort.

It further states that when necessary and possible, alternative measures can be used aiming at ensuring presence of the accused, prevention of disturbance of the proceedings, protection of witnesses and other matters.


4 July 2017 - Meeting with Trade Union of Media of Montenegro

Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković met with the representatives of the Trade Union of Media of Montenegro to discuss the possibilities of improving cooperation.

Stanković noted that the meeting with the representatives of the Trade Union of Media is another indicator that the State Prosecutor's Office is committed to improving a concrete and continuing cooperation with the media community in Montenegro. Representatives of the Trade Union of Montenegro expressed their concern for some unresolved cases of attacks on journalists, especially the cases which are at risk of becoming statute-barred.

During the meeting it was agreed that the Supreme State Prosecutor introduce the heads of  competent prosecutor's offices to the details of the report of the Commission for Monitoring investigations of attacks on journalists and media property, in order to intensify the work on cases, especially those ones in which the statute of limitations is about to expire.

Stanković has pointed out that the Prosecutor's Office is working intensively on all cases, even on the case of the murder of Duško Jovanović, but there is no progress in some of them due to the objective circumstances, while other cases are continuously worked on.  

It was concluded at the meeting that both parties are interested in the continuation of the cooperation with the view of ensuring a safe environment for the work of journalists and media workers in Montenegro.

Representatives of SMCG (Trade Union of Media of Montenegro) presented the database containing information on attacks on journalists in Montenegro, which is developed within the project „Regional Platform of Western Balkans for advocating on Media Freedom and Journalists' Safety“, which is available on the website www.safejournalists.net.


26 June 2017 –Doors Open Days of the State Prosecutor's Office

On the occasion of Doors Open Days, the dean and the students of the Faculty of Law of the University of Montenegro in Podgorica visited the premises of the State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica. Their hosts were the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office Ivica Stanković, a state prosecutor in the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office Veselin Vučković and a state prosecutor in the Special State Prosecutor's Office Veljko Rutović.

The Doors Open Days is an opportunity for the students of the Faculty of Law of thE University of Montenegro to exchange their opinions with the Supreme State Prosecutor and his associates.

Also, the students got familiar with working conditions of the state prosecutors and they visited the premises where the hearing are held. Interlocutors made the students with the jurisdiction and the structure of the Ste Prosecutor's Office, performance results of the Special State Prosecutor's Office, as well as procedures in concrete cases.

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković informed the students about preparing the Bulletin for the upcoming Days of State Prosecutors in which the students of the Faculty of Law will be featured as well.

„The best paper with the topic – Why do I want to become a state prosecutor, will be published in the Bulletin, and the awarded student will receive symbolic money prize during the Days of State Prosecutors“, noted Stanković.

The dean Rakočević and the students of the Faculty of Law of the University of Montenegro thanked for having the opportunity to speak openly with the Supreme State Prosecutor and his associates.


12 June 2017 – News - Bill of indictment for attack on public official

The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bar filed a bill of indictment to the Basic Court in Bar against three persons (A.K., A.M. and I.K.) for the criminal offences of attack on a public official in discharge of official duty, causing general danger through instigation and unlawful keeping of weapons and explosive substances through instigation.

The accused A.K. was charged with threatening to attack an official person, the injured party I.Đ., in discharge of public security tasks, in the official premises of the Police Directorate, Security Center in Bar, on 31 March 2017.

The injured party, an officer of the Police Directorate, together with officers of the Security Center Bar, had previously performed an official action of provisional seizure of motor vehicle „Mercedes“, possession of the accused person. In the premises of the Security Center of Bar, the accused signed the certificate of provisionally seized items and on that occasion, he threatened the officer of the Police Directorate, Security Centre of Bar.

In the period from 31 March 2107 – 8 April 2017 in Bar, the accused A.K. was instigating with intent A.M. and I.K. to commit the criminal offences of attack on a public official in discharge of official duty, causing general danger through instigation and unlawful keeping of weapons and explosive substances. 

On 8 April 2017, at around 04:00 in Bar, ul. Rista Lekića, the accused A.M. and I.K., upon previous arrangement, activated explosive device trinitrotoluene (TNT) which NN persons unlawfully obtained and threw onto the car „Golf VII“, property of the injured party I.Đ., which was parked in a parking lot where the explosion happened.  

In that way, the accused A.M. and I.K. threatened the injured party I.Đ., an officer of the Police Directorate Security Center of Bar, so as not to undertake any actions against the accused A.K. and his friends. Thereby, the accused endangered the property valued at over €31.000, causing damage in the amount of almost €13.000 on the vehicle of the injured party I.Đ.  and vehicles parked next to the injured party's vehicle „Nisan“, property of the injured party B.M. and the vehicle „Mercedes“, property of the injured party T.B.

A.M. and I.K. are in detention upon the decision of an investigative judge of the Basic Court in Bar, while A.K. is in flight


30 May 2017 – News –Meeting with expert mission of the Council of Europe

Regarding the project „Accountability in the judicial system in Montenegro“, the meeting was held in Podgorica between the representatives of the Prosecutor's Office and the Prosecutorial Council and the expert mission of the Council of Europe.

The aim of the meeting was to assess the needs and possibility for having the additional training of the members of the Prosecutorial Council and the employee in the Secretariat of the Prosecutorial Council.

The meeting was attended by an expert of the Council of Europe Milica Vešović, a project coordinator for the Council of Europe Vlado Dedović, and on behalf of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office  and the Prosecutorial Council President of the Association of State Prosecutors Veselin Vučković, a member of the Prosecutorial Council Ljiljana Lakić, a secretary of the Secretariat of the Prosecutorial Council Tatjana Savković. The meeting was also attended by the representatives of the department and services of the Secretariat of the Prosecutorial Council. 

„Accountability in the judicial system in Montenegro“ is a joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe which is implemented through the Horizontal Facility Programme for Western Balkans and Turkey.


19 May 2017 – News: Seventh session of the Prosecutorial Council held

At the session of the  Prosecutorial Council chaired by the Supreme State Prosecutor  Ivica Stanković, inter alia, a decision has been made on appointing a disciplinary prosecutor and her deputy. Ljubinka Bašović, a state prosecutor in the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica has been appointed as a disciplinary prosecutor, and Vojislav Grujić, the head of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kolašin has been appointed as a deputy disciplinary prosecutor.
Members of the Disciplinary Council and their deputies have been elected at today's session as well.


16 May 2017 – Continuation of cooperation with EUROJUST agreed

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and his associates talked with representatives of the European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (EUROJUST) expert mission in Podgorica.

On that occasion, the Supreme State Prosecutor recalled that the State Prosecutor's Office is the competent authority for the execution of the Agreement on Cooperation between Montenegro and EUROJUST, which was adopted by the Parliament of Montenegro.

Law adoption was preceded by concluding the Agreement on Cooperation with EUROJUST, as one of the objectives set out in the Action Plan for Negotiating Chapter 24.

The cooperation with EUROJUST has multiple effects. Efficient judicial cooperation in criminal matters is one of the key challenges in efforts to have a fight and suppression of all types of crime as effective as possible, especially organised crime, which necessarily takes on an international character“, said Stanković.

He pointed out that the signed Agreement on Cooperation between Montenegro and EUROJUST will enhance the cooperation with other EU member states and countries which concluded similar agreements with EUROJUST.

Collocutors agreed that the cooperation in previous projects had been more than successful and that it would be continued in the forthcoming period.

 


12 May 2017 – News: Deprived of liberty for usury

The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Nikšić delivered a motion to an investigative judge of the Basic Court in Podgorica to order detention of A.P. who was arrested upon the order of an attending prosecutor, for a reasonable suspicion that he had committed the continuing criminal offence of usury, as well as the criminal offence of serious bodily injury.

It is reasonably suspected that in January 2017, the suspect A.P. gave the sum of €600.00 on loan to the injured party M.V. stipulating disproportionate material gain of 40% monthly interest for the amount lent and that the injured party N.V. had paid him the amount of €500.00 in interest for two months, and also that in January 2017, the suspect gave the sum of €500.00 on loan to the injured party S.R. stipulating disproportionate material gain of 40% monthly interest for the amount lent and that the injured party S.R. has paid him the amount of €800.00 in interest so far.

It is also suspected that on 7 May 2017, in Nikšić, due to a misunderstanding regarding the payment of interest on the money lent, the suspect A.P. together with another two persons, NN persons so far, physically attacked the injured N.V. and S.R. whereby M.V. suffered serious bodily injuries, and S.R. suffered light bodily injuries. 


8 May 2017 – News: Deprived of liberty for tax evasion

Upon the order of the state prosecutor in the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, E.Š. has been deprived of liberty for the existence of suspicion that he committed the criminal offence of tax and contribution evasion. The suspect was charged with tax evasion amounting to €178.972.65. The suspect will be brought, along with the criminal charge, before the prosecutor.   


8 May 2017 – Reaction of Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica to false allegations of daily ''Dan''

The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica hereby notifies the public that allegations in a newspaper article published in daily DAN, under the heading ''Three months with no hearing for threatening prosecutor'', are not true.

It is falsely stated in the text that the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica has not undertaken any procedural actions so far since mid-February in the case opened against V.U. who while being examined in the capacity of the accused threatened the prosecutor in the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica.

Contrary to these allegations, we inform the public that the suspect V.U. was interrogated in the presence of the defence attorney B.A., in the premises of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica on 9 March 2017. Following the examination of the state prosecutor Ž.T. in the capacity of the witness-injured party, whereof the defendant attorney had been notified, on 17 March 2017, a bill of indictment was filed with the Basic Court in Podgorica against V.U. for the criminal offence of attack on public official in discharge of official duty. 

Accordingly, with regard to the stated incident, V.U. was interrogated in this prosecutor's office, therefore the allegations in the text and the heading as regards the proceeding of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica in the concrete case, are false and arbitrary. 


27 April 2017 – News

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council chaired by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, inter alia, a decision on public announcement of prosecutor's vacancies in basic state prosecutor's offices in Montenegro was rendered in accordance with the Plan of Prosecutor's Vacancies, as well as a decision on seconding three state prosecutors to the Special State Prosecutor's Office from 1 May – 1 June 2017.

Upon deliberation, the Council rendered an opinion on the Proposal of the Rulebook on Internal Organisation and Systematisation of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Cetinje. At today's session, the Prosecutorial Council proposed members for the  First Instance and Second Instance Commission for public enforcement officers, as well as their deputies.

Also, during the session, a decision on not reassigning state prosecutors who had applied to an internal announcement of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica was rendered as well.

 


22 April 2017 – Mini interview of Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković to TV VIJESTI

At the hearing which, according to law, should be scheduled for the end of the next week, the prosecutor will present evidence which the indictment is based on. On that occasion, the accused and their defence attorneys may also indicate eventual omissions in the investigation or illegal evidence. At the hearing, the accused and their defence attorneys may indicate evidence in favour of the accused as well. For all these reasons, I  see no point in presenting certain data on a daily basis. Both the prosecutor and the accused will soon have a chance to discuss in the court any matters going in their favour. I, as the Supreme State Prosecutor, cannot be asked to adjudicate, since, as you know, it does not fall within my competence.

Read full interview


 

20 April 2017 – News - Meeting on strengthening regional cooperation in processing of war crimes held in Budva

The Second Regional Consultation on strengthening regional cooperation in processing of war crimes and search for missing persons took place in Budva on 19 April 2017.

Besides the Supreme State Prosecutor of Montenegro Ivica Stankovic, the meeting was attended by Acting State Prosecutor of Bosnia and Herzegovina Gordana Tadic, State Attorney of the Republic of Croatia Dinko Cvitan and Head of the War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Serbia Milan Petrovic and representatives of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Office for Detained and Missing Persons of the Republic of Croatia, Commission for Missing Persons of the Republic of Serbia and Commission for Missing Persons of Montenegro.

The meeting was organized as part of the UNDP regional project “Enhancing Regional Cooperation in Processing of War Crimes and the Search for Missing Persons (2017 - 2019)”, which aims to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of cooperation between the prosecution services of the former Yugoslav countries in the processing of war crimes and to further enhance the capacities to search for the missing persons from the armed conflicts. 

The participants adopted the project document, intended to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the cooperation between the prosecution services of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.

The prosecutors from the countries of the region agreed on the activities to be implemented in the upcoming period.  

It was agreed that the next meeting, to review the activities undertaken in the interval between the two meetings and the achievement of the objectives identified at the meeting in Budva, would take place in Belgrade in September 2017. 


 19 April 2017 – Supreme State Prosecutor: „War crimes are not seen through figures but as individual destinies“

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković delivered a speech at the opening of the Second Regional Consultation on strengthening regional cooperation in processing of war crimes and the search for missing persons.

The meeting is a part of the UNDP regional project “Enhancing Regional Cooperation in Processing of War Crimes and the Search for Missing Persons which will be implemented in the next three years.

On that occasion, the Supreme State Prosecutor expressed his assurance that all participants of the meeting, representatives of prosecution services of the former Yugoslav countries share the common goal – to make the cooperation among the prosecution services of the former Yugoslav countries more effective and more efficient in the field of processing war crimes.

“War crimes, as the gravest international crimes, were unfortunately, our reality in not-so-distant past. This is precisely the reason why our cooperation is important – we have to invest concerted efforts to make it impossible for the perpetrators of such crimes to avoid justice.” – Stanković emphasised.

The Supreme State Prosecutor noted that the State Prosecutor’s Office adopted the Strategy for Investigation of War Crimes in May 2015. From the outset of the implementation of the Strategy, the follow-up activities were noted as a positive development in the latest Progress Report issued by the European Commission.

It is also stated in the Report that, in the case of prosecution of war crimes, the Montenegrin Prosecutor’s Office needs to demonstrate a more proactive approach, and that also “the unresolved fate of missing persons resulting from the conflicts of the 1990s remains a humanitarian concern of the Western Balkan.”

“We, at the State Prosecution Office, are certainly aware of that” – said Stanković and added that “although the European Commission states that the number of the cases is low in Montenegro (61), we do not see it as a small figure – for us these are 61 individual destinies.”

Read full speech


13 April 2017 – News

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council chaired by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, inter alia, a complaint against the work of the Special State Prosecutor's Office was considered.

Upon deliberation, the Council rendered an opinion on the Proposal for the Rulebook on Amendments to the Rulebook on Internal Operation of the State Prosecutor's Office of 10 April 2017, as well as on the Proposal for the Rulebook on Amendments to the Rulebook on Internal Organisation and Systematisation of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Nikšić.


12 April 2017 – News – Meeting with Minister of Justice of Bavaria

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and the Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić talked with the delegation of the German State of Bavaria paying an official visit to Montenegro. The delegation is headed by the Bavarian State Minister of Justice Winfried Bausback.  

During the course of the meeting, the Supreme State Prosecutor made his collocutors familiar with the structure of the State Prosecutor's Office and its jurisdiction prescribed by law. Stanković emphasised that the Prosecutor's Office is an independent authority and that state prosecutors are independent while performing their function.
The Chief Special Prosecutor informed the guests of the results that the Special State Prosecutor's Office achieved in the previous period in the fight against corruption and organised crime.
Collocutors agreed that achieving measurable results in the field of rule of law is an imperative for competent state authorities of all contemporary states.
Prosecuting perpetrators of criminal offences, particularly in the field of organised crime and cybercrime, may be efficient as long as there is a quality international co-operation among competent authorities, it was concluded during the meeting.
 


10 April 2017 – News – Data from the Performance Report of the Prosecutorial Council and State Prosecutor's Office 2016

During 2016, in the procedure of judicial control of indictments falling within the jurisdiction of the state prosecution office against 835 persons, the indictments against 813 persons were confirmed, or 97,37%.

In the previous year, bills of indictment were filed against 2702 persons. In 99,04% of these documents, the court found no defects or needs to clarify the matter.

As regards basic and high state prosecutor's offices, 91,27% of resolved cases resulted in convictions, 6,28% in acquittal, while 2,43% charges were rejected.

Prosecutor's investigation lasted for 4 months and 21 days on average. 

In 2016, there was an increase in the number of criminal cases resolved through plea bargaining agreements and deferred criminal prosecution. These alternative ways of deciding criminal cases contributed to greater efficiency, cost-effectiveness and expedited court proceedings, and at the same time, they reduce costs of judicial proceedings whereby it is strictly taken into account that interests of legality and fairness are not jeopardised. 

The institution of deferred criminal prosecution is applied for criminal offences punishable by a fine or a term of imprisonment of up to five years whereas a plea bargaining agreement may be concluded for all criminal offences prosecuted ex officio, notwithstanding the risk sentence, other than the criminal offences of terrorism and war crimes.
In the criminal cases in which plea bargaining agreements were concluded regarding the most serious criminal offences of corruption and organised crime, parallel financial investigations are being conducted, hence a plea bargaining agreement does not limit financial investigations.

The difference between these two types of alternative approaches to solving cases, apart from prescribed punishment, lies in the fact that in case of deferred criminal prosecution the state prosecutor renders a decision in a case, whereas, in case of plea bargains, the final decision is rendered by a competent court.

The cases against 167 perpetrators of criminal offences were resolved through plea bargaining agreements, out of which 139 agreements in basic and high state prosecutor's offices and 28 in the Special Prosecutor's Office.

In the course of 2016, state prosecutors resolved cases against 591 offenders by applying the institution of deferred criminal prosecution.

The Commission for the Code of Ethics reviewed two cases. In one case, the Commission found that the conduct of a state prosecutor had not been in line with the Code of Ethics for State Prosecutors, while in the other case, state prosecutors were found not to have violated principles and rules of the Code by their conduct.
The Commission for the Code of Ethics will undertake continuing activities so as to raise citizens awareness in respect of the Code of Prosecutorial Ethics. The aim is to enable citizens to recognise acting of holders of prosecutor's function which is in contravention of the rules of Ethics.

Citizens may address the Commission via contact details provided on the web page of the Prosecutor's office if they suspect that a certain state prosecutor violated the Code of Ethics.   


6 April - News – Expert mission on implementation of Code of Ethics for prosecutors and judges paid a visit to Supreme State Prosecutor's Office


 
In the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, and his associates have talked with an expert, Đuro Sessa, a judge of the Supreme Court of Croatia and the Deputy President of the Consultative Council of European Judges, who leads an expert mission in Montenegro on implementation of the Code of Ethics for prosecutors and judges.

The meeting has been organised within the joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe „Accountability of the Justice System“ which is implemented through the programme of Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey.

In the course of the meeting, the Supreme State Prosecutor, Ivica Stanković, has informed the collocutors that the Conference of State Prosecutors adopted the Code of Prosecutorial Ethics which stipulates ethical rules of conduct for state prosecutors they must constantly abide by. 

Stanković explained the way in which the Commission for the Code of Ethics of the state prosecutors and judges functions and the way the members thereof are chosen.

The member of the Commission for the Code of Ethics and the state prosecutor in the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, Veselin Vučković, made the expert mission members familiar with the concrete work of the Commission and the way how the violations of the Code of Ethics can be tied in with disciplinary offences and vice versa.


31 March 2017 – News –  Detention of three persons in Bar ordered for criminal offence of aggravated theft

On 30 March 2017 an attending prosecutor in the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bar rendered a decision on holding three persons on a reasonable suspicion that they had broken into several facilities and taken away movable property with the intention of obtaining illicit pecuniary gain in the area of Sutomore and Bar from 15 to 29 March 2017.

An acting prosecutor detained all three persons (N.V, D.V and D.T.), ordered conduct of an investigation and filed a motion to an investigative judge of the Basic Court in Bar for detention on a reasonable suspicion that they had committed a continuing criminal offence of an aggravated theft. N.V. is reasonably suspected of having committed the criminal offence of counterfeiting document as well. 

A counterfeit identity card with the name of a citizen of Croatia, K.M., was found in the possession of N.V. who had broken into four catering facilities, one boutique and one house. In addition, he, together with D.V. and D.T. had broken into four catering facilities, two betting shops, one apartment, one agency and a ticket office at the bus station in Sutomore.

D.V. and D.T. had broken into a shop, three catering facilities and one betting shop.


25 March 2017 – News – One person died in fire in Podgorica

On the occasion of the fire in an apartment, in Bratstva i jedinstva Street, an attending prosecutor of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica conducted the on-the-spot investigation, in the presence of expert witnesses in fire and electro disciplines. Orders for an autopsy of the dead corpse of J.P. were rendered.

Several persons affected by fire asked for a medicine help. The cause of the fire will be known after conductingforensic examination and analysing other evidence gathered in the preliminary investigation.


24 March 2017– News

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council chaired by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, inter alia, the Annual Performance Report of the Prosecutorial Council and the State Prosecutor's Office for the year 2016 was considered.

Upon consideration, Opinion was rendered regarding the Proposal for the Rulebook on Internal Organisation and Systematisation of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor, as well as the Proposal for the Rulebook on Internal Organisation and Systematisation of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bar.

At the session, after deliberation, the Report of the Commission on Code of Ethics of State Prosecutors 2016 was adopted as well.


21 March 2017 – News – Large number of vehicles seized as proceeds of crime

Upon the order of a state prosecutor at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, six persons have been brought in along with the criminal complaint, due to the existence of suspicion that they committed several criminal offences: falsifying document, concealment and smuggling. Two persons are in flight.

During the pre-trial criminal proceedings directed by the prosecutor, a large number of vehicles were seized on the territory of Montenegro, which are established through checks to have been registered on the basis of falsified documents and whose chasis numbers had been changed, all with the aim of concealing the vehicles to be the proceeds of crime committed on the territory of several countries in Europe. In the course of the pre-trial criminal proceedings, the prosecution and the police had the support of SELEC centre from Bucharest. 


21 March 2017 – Reaction to false allegations of daily „Dan“

With regard to the text published in a daily „Dan“ under the heading „Katnić caught in fraud attempt“, stating that the Chief Special Prosecutor tried to deceive the public claiming that the Special State Prosecutor’s Office Performance Report 2016 was timely published on the website of the prosecutor's office, the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office denies the allegations that it is the fraud attempt in question.

In previous days, the Democrats and the representatives of the DNP were claiming that the Special State Prosecutor’s Office Performance Report 2016 had not been published. We note that at the moment of making such false claims,  the Special State Prosecutor’s Office Performance Report 2016 had been published for more than a month. That is exactly the reason for public reaction of the Special State Prosecutor's Office stating that the allegations that the Report had not been published are not true. 

The Supreme State Prosecutor's Office at the same time notifies the public that the Special State Prosecutor's Office has delivered the Performance Report 2016 to the Supreme State State Prosecutor's Office which is responsible for publishing on the website. The Report has been published on the website of the Prosecutor's Office, where could have been found at the moment of false claiming that its publishing was behind schedule.


20 March 2017 – Reaction of the Special State Prosecutor’s Office to false allegations conveyed by Montenegrin media

The Special State Prosecutor’s Office hereby informs the public that allegations that Special State Prosecutor’s Office Performance Report for 2016 was not published, are not true. This false information was broadcasted by a part of Montenegrin media without previous check and thus misinformed the public. 

The Special State Prosecutor’s Office does not want to comment motives for continuous releases of false statements, but it calls the media not to convey false information, particularly that which can be easily verified. 

Confirmation that the Performance Report of the Special State Prosecutor’s Office for the last year was timely published isthe fact that data contained in this report have been published in the media before, and the Report has been published on the website of the Prosecutor’s Office on the following link: Izvještaj Specijalnog državnog tužilaštva za 2016.-u godinu. 


9 March 2017 - News

At today's session, the Prosecutorial Council has amended and adopted the Plan of vacant prosecutor positions for a period of two years and accordingly made a decision to advertise internal announcement for voluntary reassignment of three state prosecutors from one state prosecutor's office to the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica and voluntary reassignment of one state prosecutor to the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor.


8 March 2017 – News – Five more persons charged with creation of criminal organisation pleaded guilty 

The High Court in Podgorica has confirmed Agreements on admission of guilt which were concluded between the Special State Prosecutor's Office and five citizens of Serbia accused of the criminal offence of creation of a criminal organisation.

The five citizens of Serbia (A.Č., N.Đ., S.Ć., D.S. and I.M.) have admitted being a part of a criminal organisation whose plan was to enter the Parliament of Montenegro by use of violence and declare victory of Democratic Front in the democratic elections which were held on 16 October.

By way of the agreement the defendants were obliged to spend five months in prison.

During the trial, a special state prosecutor presented the following evidence: one hour and fifteen-minuteaudio recorded statement of a witness S.N., twenty-one conversations between the defendants recorded by use of secret surveillance measures, a part of the content of a mobile phone seized from the defendant B.D., a part of the content of a mobile phone seized from the defendant M.V., a part of documentation obtained through international legal assistance in criminal matters from the Republic of Serbia with regard to the stay of two Russian citizens in Serbia, a part of documentation obtained through international legal assistance in criminal matters from the Republic of Poland with regard to personal documents and status of the defendant E.Š.

In the proceedings, so far, 9 persons accused of the criminal offence of creation of a criminal organisation have pleaded guilty.

In the case conducted before the Special State Prosecutor's Office for the criminal offences – creation of a criminal organisation and attempted terrorism, there is a total of 25 suspects, among whom two persons are Russian citizens and two Serbian citizens against whom Interpol issued wanted notices.


28 February 2017 - News

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council chaired by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, inter alia, a decision was made on seconding two state prosecutors from the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica and one state prosecutor from the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica to the Special State Prosecutor's Office, starting from 1 March 2017 to 1 May 2017.

After deliberation, an opinion was given on the rulebooks on internal organisation and systematisation of the Special State Prosecutor's Office and the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Ulcinj.

Also, at the session, the Financial Report of thespending unit – Prosecutor's Office for the year 2016 as well as the Central Inventory Commission Report on conducted inventory for the year 2016were adoptedafter deliberation.


23 February 2017 – News: Indictment for murder issued

The High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica issued an indictment against the accused V.U. and D.M., co-perpetrators of the criminal offence of an aggravated murder, to the detriment of N.M., and against B.M. for the criminal offence of assistance to a perpetrator after commission of a criminal offence. The indictment was issued against B.M. and V.U. for the criminal offence of unlawful possession of weapons and explosive substances as well.


23 February 2017 – News: Threatening to state prosecutor during hearing

Due to the threats made at the hearing in the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica on 17 February 2017, against a state prosecutor regarding the performance of the prosecutorial office, the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica was delivered the evidence for further proceeding – the records of the High State Prosecutor's Office on the hearing of V.U. charged with the criminal offence of an aggravated murder to the detriment of N.M. from Petrovac. 
Having availed of the right to remain silent at the hearing, the accused addressed the acting prosecutor as – it is a shame that he is an innocent man in prison and that the prosecutor will pay for that - threatening the prosecutor in connection with the performance of prosecutorial office, whereby he would commit the criminal offence of an attack on public official in discharge of an official duty.  


17 February 2017 – News – Supreme State Prosecutor talked with Palestinian ambassador to Montenegro

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković spoke with the ambassador of Palestine in Montenegro Rabii Al Hantouli in the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office.
During the talks, the Supreme State Prosecutor made the first ambassador of Palestina in Montenegro acquainted with the structure of the state-prosecutorial organisation and jurisdiction of the state prosecutor’s offices. 
The ambassador Al Hantouli congratulated the Supreme State Prosecutor on the results achieved in the previous period and at the same time he conveyed Palestinian prosecutors’ interest in developing bilateral relationships and establishing co-operation with the State Prosecutor’s Office of Montenegro. Signing of the Memorandum of Co-operation has been suggested as the first step to this end.
The Supreme State Prosecutor has welcomed the initiative and expressed readiness of the state prosecutors of Montenegro to establish the co-operation with their counterparts from Palestine.


15 February 2017 – News: Supreme State Prosecutor issued mandatory instructions for proceeding to Chief Special Prosecutor

With regard to the request of the Chief Special Prosecutor, which was submitted to the Parliament of Montenegro for approving criminal prosecution and ordering detention against A.M. and M.K., MPs of the Parliament of Montenegro, on a reasonable suspicion that they had committed the criminal offence of creation of a criminal organisation, the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has issued mandatory instructions for proceeding to the Chief Special Prosecutor pursuant to the Law on State Prosecutor's Office.
The Instructions say that, having in mind the presumption of innocence and presumption in favour of liberty, in the concrete case, detention should not be ordered against the stated persons as an exceptional measure for securing their presence, in order to avoid inappropriate implementation of measure of detention, due to the inexistence or reasons for detention (Article 175, CPC).
The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković stated in the Instructions for proceeding that pursuant to the Constitution of Montenegro, the Criminal Procedure Code and international standards, detention is ordered only when strictly necessary and when it represents a measure of last resort. 


14 February 2017 – Statement of Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stankovic given to Radio Crna Gora

Having in mind the interest of the public in the request sent by the Special State Prosecutor's Office to the Parliament of Montenegro for lifting immunity of two MPs, on a reasonable suspicion that they had committed the criminal offence of creation of a criminal organisation, I must note, as the Supreme State Prosecutor, that if the request is approved, justifiability of all actions of the Prosecutor's Office will be ascertained by the competent court.
I would like to take this opportunity to emphasise that the Prosecutor's Office undertakes all activities solely under the Constitution and law, and to remind, everyone is equal before the law. It is just the principle of work I have upheld since I was elected as the Supreme State Prosecutor, and I demand that my associates should do so as well.
I have asked the public for patience in this matter for several times. I am doing it now again. The Special State Prosecutor's Office shall present all evidence in their possession before the competent court. It is the only place where final judgement on legal validity and quality of evidence as well as grounds and legality of the proceeding is made.
We are the witnesses that the actions of the Special State Prosecutor's Office caused numerous reactions, of both political and media public, therefore, I point out that no one will win the State Prosecutor's Office over to their side.
The side that the Prosecutor's Office chooses and always will, is only the side of the law and constitutional norms.


10 February 2017 -  News – Order on conduct of investigation issued against the accused for smuggling and dealing drugs

The Special State Prosecutor's Office issued an order on the conduct of investigation against five persons accused of the criminal offences of the creation of a criminal organisation and unlawful production, keeping and releasing into circulation of narcotic drugs.

The order includes S.J., A.M., N.R. and T.R. who were deprived of liberty on 8 February 2017, whereupon they were ordered detention for up to 30 days. The order also includes I.V. against whom the proceedings are conducted in Serbia for the same criminal activities.

The stated persons have been accused of having acted as a criminal organisation in Montenegro and Serbia within the period from May 2015 to at least 2 March 2016, whose plan was to obtain synthetic drug MDM and amphetamins in Serbia for the purpose of smuggling and dealing it in Montenegro, and growing and producing drugs in flats for further selling.


9 February 2017 – News: After hearing, one person suspected of having evaded payment of taxes was ordered 72 - hour hold 

Two persons, who were deprived of liberty for the criminal offence of evasion of taxes and contributions, were interrogated in the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica. One person was ordered 72-hour hold in order to prevent possible influence on witnesses. With regard to other persons, the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica did not find any grounds for their detention. 


9 February 2017  News – Eight persons deprived of liberty for the criminal offence of evasion of taxes and contributions 

Upon the order of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, eight persons have been deprived of liberty for the criminal offence of evasion of taxes and contributions.

These persons are suspected to have been evading payment of taxes, as executive directors, in the period from 2014 to 2016, and to have caused damage to the budget, in the total amount of €902603.00. Along with the criminal complaint, the persons have been apprehended and the hearing is underway. 


8 February 2017 – News: Two hand bombs found during search of abandoned facility in place Zaton 

Upon the order of a state prosecutor of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje, a search of an abandoned facility was conducted, in place Zaton, the municipality of Bijelo Polje. Five hand bombs of model „M75, which will be seized and used as an object of forensic examination, were found in the course of the search.
Due to the existence of a reasonable suspicion that the criminal offence of unlawful possession of weapons and expolosive substances had been committed, necessary actions are being undertaken for the purpose of detecting perpetrators of that criminal offence in cooperation with the Police Directorate, Security Center of Bijelo Polje.


7 February 2017 – News: Order for deprivation of liberty of two persons issued

The Special State Prosecutor's Office issued an order for deprivation of liberty of two persons, A.N. and M.Č., on a reasonable suspicion that they had committed the criminal offence of creation of a criminal organisation. One person, M.Č., was arrested in Podgorica and brought, along with the criminal charge, before a special state prosecutor who interrogated him, whereupon he issued a decision on holding for up to 72 hours. Another person, A.N., was not deprived of liberty, as according to available data, he/she is not in Montenegro.


31 January 2017 – News

In the continuation of the session of the Prosecutorial Council presided by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, inter alia, it was decided on selection of the candidates, Ivana Vuksanović, Marija Kažić, Siniša Milić and Maja Rađenović Drakulić, for state prosecutors, following the order of the ranking list, as well as on assignment of candidates for state prosecutors to the initial training at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica. After consideration, an opinion was given on the rulebook on internal organisation and systematisation of the High State Prosecutor's Office in Plav. 
A decison on adopting the Plan for Public Procurement for the year 2017 was rendered at the session as well.


27 January 2017 – News

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council, chaired by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, inter alia, interviews were conducted with candidates who had applied to the public announcement for state prosecutors at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica. 
After consideration, an opinion was given on the rulebooks on internal organisation and systematisation of the High State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje, the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kolašin, as well as the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Herceg Novi. Terrmination of office of the state prosecutor at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, Enis Baković, was ascertained at the session as well. 


24 January 2017 – Announcement – Decision of Head of High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica

According to the decision of the Head of the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, the Office shall conduct and undertake all activities falling within the competence of the basic state prosecutor's offices in Podgorica, Kotor, Nikšić and Bar – and operate within the scope of work of the High State Prosecutor's Office, in cases of suspicion that masterminds and members of criminal organisations acting in Podgorica, Kotor, Nikšić and Bar and persons connected to them, committed criminal offences prosecuted by virtue of office under the Criminal Code of Montenegro.


18 January 2017 – News -  Deprived of liberty for bringing weapons into the ZIKS 

Upon the order of a state prosecutor at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, Ana Bošković, police officers of the security division in Danilovgrad have arrested one person who was found to have brought the weapons into the yard of the Institute for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions in Spuž. The weapons brought in was found by officers of the Institute for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions in Spuž. J.B., who was deprived of liberty, shall be brought before the attending state prosecutor along with the criminal complaint.


11 January 2017 – News: Oath of office taken by three newly elected state prosecutors of the High State Prosecutor's Office

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council chaired by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, the newly elected state prosecutors of the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, Tanja Deretić Čolan, Grujo Radonjić and Zoran Vučinić took an oath of office. Congratulating them on the appointment, the Supreme State Prosecutor said that the advancement in their career is a reflection of their past work at the prosecutor's offices they come from.

-As most results have spoken about you so far, it will be so in the future as well. More than any words, the picture of you will be created based on your efforts and concrete results. I want to believe that you will not lack them – said Stanković. The Supreme State Prosecutor has expressed his expectations that newly elected state prosecutors will prove through their work that the Prosecutorial Council made the right decision when appointed them.

- And what I expect from you is to keep proving every day that the Prosecutor's Office as an autonomous authority which renders decisions solely under the law – Stanković pointed out.
He said to all new state prosecutors that they would not find ideal working conditions in the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, but it must not influence their efficiency. The Supreme State Prosecutor said that exclusively the results he expects from the new members of the High State Prosecutor's Office as well might be a basis for requesting improvement of the conditions. 


3 January 2017 -  Interview of the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković given to MINA News Agency

I am not the person who is always satisfied with work done. On the contrary. I think that things could always be better. Nevertheless, it does not mean that not much was done in the State Prosecutor's Office during the previous year. The Montenegro Progress Report 2016 showed the same and provided us with a real state of play and guidelines for future actions.

The biggest challenge was, and I would say still is, the fact that a part of the public expects the Prosecutor's Office to make decisions based on their own opinions and wishes. I guess it should already have been clear to everyone that we are guided solely by constitutional norms and legal regulation. We are not the address to ask for amendments to those regulations. Everyone knows the way how it is done, therefore, all of those people who assume that a certain law is not good, can initiate its amendments and it is up to us to adopt and apply.  

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