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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.  

Read the full interview


27 December 2016 – News 

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council chaired by the Supreme State Prosecutor Mr Ivica Stanković, inter alia, the decision was made to elect three state prosecutors at the High State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica. The prosecutors elected are Mr Grujo Radonjić and Mr Zoran Vučinić, who have been discharging their duties so far as the prosecutors at the Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica and Mrs Tanja Deretić Čolan, who has been performing her duty as a state prosecutor at the Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Kotor. 


27 December 2016 News: Special State Prosecutor’s Office issued wanted notice against three Serbian and two Russian citizens

For the purpose of providing accurate information, the Special State Prosecutor’s Office hereby informs the public that it has issued wanted notices against two Russian and three Serbian nationals in regard to the case referring to the criminal offences – creation of a criminal organisation and attempted terrorism. The wanted notices are recorded in the Interpol’s database.
The competent state authorities of the Republic of Serbia have been duly informed on the issuance of the wanted notices, and the Special Prosecutor’s Office has delivered them all the relevant documentation in this regard.  


26 December 2016 – News

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council chaired by the Supreme State Prosecutor Mr Ivica Stanković, inter alia, interviews were conducted with candidates who applied for the public announcement for state prosecutors at the High State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica. 
After deliberation, Rulebooks on internal organisation and systematisation in the High State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica, Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Bijelo Polje and Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Rožaje have been adopted, as well as the Rulebook on the contents and manner of keeping records of gifts and the Report of the Commission for ethical code of state prosecutors. 
At the session, members of the Central Inventory commission have been appointed, the internal procedure for records and inventory of property has been adopted as well, and the Schedule of sessions for 2017 and the Plan of classification designations for the Secretariat also.


23 December 2016 News – Supreme State Prosecutor gave awards to the best students anent the Day of Law School of the University of Montenegro 

The Supreme State Prosecutor Mr Ivica Stanković attended the celebration of the Day of the Law School of the University of Montenegro. On that occasion, the Supreme State Prosecutor gave awards to the best students. Giving the awards, Mr Stanković stated that he had the pleasure to greet the future of Montenegrin, regional and also international judiciary.
“It is exactly you who are the future which is confirmed by the fact that you have stood out as the best students of the Law School among your peers and turned attention to yourselves only with your knowledge” – said Mr Stanković.
The Supreme State Prosecutor stressed that it is the knowledge that is the key challenge of our present, for which he expressed satisfaction to have equal debaters among the best students of the Law School about messages of Valtazar Bogišić.
Mr Stanković added that he hopes that one of the best students would acquire one’s own practical knowledge in the State Prosecutor’s Office.
Recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office and the Law School of the University of Montenegro anticipates that students of the Law School of the University of Montenegro gain practice in the State Prosecutor’s Office.  


21 December 2016 - News

Due to the interes of several news rooms regarding the allegations of J.V. published in today’s edition of  the daily ND Vijesti stating that several police officers, among which associate chief of the Police Department, are on mafia’s payroll, we hereby inform the public that the Special State Prosecutor’s Office has formed the case on the allegations concerned. The Special State Prosecutor’s Office will timely inform the public on further course of the proceedings. 


21 December 2016 – News: Supreme State Prosecutor met with the Director of the Anti-Corruption Agency

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and the Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić met with the director of the Anti-Corruption Agency Sreten Radonjić in the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office. 
The interlocutors agreed that cooperation between these two state authorities is of great importance due to which it will be continued in the following period. 
Stankovic, inter allia, referenced the provisions of the Law on Prevention of Corruption, which prescribe the procedure of filing complaints of whistleblowers, manner of handling complaints, as well as acting upon the request for protection of whistleblowers.   
Having regard to the jurisdiction of the Prosecutorial Council and Anti-Corruption Agency, Stankovic stated that he expects the increase of cooperation between these two authorities in the following period in terms of disciplinary responsibility of state prosecutors as well. 
In addition, a contact person in the state prosecutor’s office has been appointed for direct cooperation with the Anti-Corruption Agency so that issues important for the application of the Law on Prevention of Corruption would be resolved more efficiently.    
The meeting was also attended by a state prosecutor in the High State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica, Jelena Đaletić, as well as associate director of the Anti-Corruption Agency, Svetlana Rajković and Savo Milašinović. 


15 December 2016 – News: Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković participates in the event of Kopaonik School of Natural Law

Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković participates in the five-day international congress of jurists – the Kopaonik School of Natural Law. It is the 29th meeting of jurists which was organised on the mount Kopaonik on the topic “Law and Social Imperatives.“ 
As an honorary member and member of the presidency of the Kopaonik School of Natural Law, the Supreme State Prosecutor delivered the welcoming address and on that occasion he emphasised that it is precisely law that is considered to be a social imperative, namely the rule of law, which is neither subject of political activities nor social interests“.
-Social imperative is the law which rules to serve: on one side to a man and society, and on the other to justice and fairness –  Stanković noted and added that the imperative is the rule of law – not as a general place in contemporary context of integration, but as univesal and effective principle of social organisation; not as a statistical goal of political reforms, but as a dynamic principle of social life.


7 December 2016 – News: Decision on 72-hour hold issued due to unlawful possession of weapons

After questioning the accused persons N.D., J.J. and P.D. on the existence of  reasonable suspicion that the had committed the criminal offence of unlawful possession of weapons and explosive substances, a state prosecutor of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor rendered a decision on holding these individuals for up to 72 hours. Upon the order of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor, and upon the order of a judge of the Basic Court in Kotor, officers of the Police Directorate made a search of properties of several persons. On that occasion they found weapons and persons N.D., J.J. and P.D. were deprived of liberty.


7 December 2016 – Another meeting with the NGO representatives held

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković hosted a meeting with the non-governmental organisations held in villa “Gorica“.

It was another opportunity for an open conversation on cooperation between the Prosecutor's Office and non-governmental organisations.
The NGO sector representatives had a chance to talk about present communication with the Prosecutor's Office, give suggestions and critics, as well as proposals for improvement of the present cooperation. The Supreme State Prosecutor pointed out that the critics made by the NGO sector, as a part of the public, are welcome at the State Prosecutor's Office, especially if they can contribute to the improvement of work of state prosecutors.
Stanković assessed that the NGO sector is entitled to express their views even when final decisions of the State Prosecutor's Office are in question, but the NGO representatives should not expect any discussion about why a certain decision was rendered.
„State prosecutors may decide only within the framework of Law and everyone should be aware of that. If you assume that certain legal norms need to be amended, then, there is the  way for you to initiate that“, said Stanković.
The Supreme State Prosecutor pointed out that the public in Montenegro tends to investigate before any charges are brought and judge before any decisions are made, and that's the reason why he called for patience of the civil sector representatives and overall public as well, so that a final word in specific cases is given to competent authorities.
The Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić, heads of the High State Prosecutor's Offices in Podgorica and Bijelo Polje, Vesna Jovićević and Rifat Hadrović, as well as the head of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, Ljiljana Klikovac also attended the meeting.


6 December 2016 – News: Memorandum on Cooperation between Supreme State Prosecutor's Office and Faculty of Law signed

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and the dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Montenegro prof. Velimir Rakočević, Ph.D., signed the Memorandum on Cooperation between the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office and the Faculty of Law of the University of Montenegro.The document signed in the premises of the Prosecutor's Office, in the presence of the vice dean for international cooperation of the Faculty of Law, Bojana Lakićević-Đuranović, Ph.D., assistant professor, envisages that students of the Faculty of Law of the University of Montenegro get practical training at the Prosecutor's Office and thus improve themselves and acquire practical skills.
Stanković and Rakočević agreed that after practice at the State Prosecutor's Office students will be more prepared to respond to professional challenges following completion of their studies. It is exactly why the signing of the Memorandum is so important, because it enables the future graduates to acquire practical skills, the signatories said.
The Supreme State Prosecutor emphasised that he would make endeavours for students of the Faculty of Law to get familiar, during their practice at the State Prosecutor's Office, with the functioning of each organisational unit. “Simply said, students will have an opportunity to learn how things work from the clerk's office to the courtroom and beyond, since it is the only way to understand the importance of each segment of operation and how all employees make their own contribution to the final result“, said Stanković.
The dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Montenegro and the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković pointed out that significance of the signed Memorandum lies in the fact that the practice would be an opportunity for students to make decisions about continuing their future work at the prosecutor's office and thus contribute to the improvement of the rule of law in Montenegro.
It was agreed at the meeting that students of the Faculty of Law visit the State Prosecutor's Office in the forthcoming period so that they solve some eventual dilemmas they encounter as future jurists, through an open conversation.
Stanković and Rakočević are convinced that future cooperation between two institutions will yield concrete results and be very useful for the students.


6 December 2016 – News 

Due to the fire which broke out in the building of the Basic Court in Podgorica where a part of premises of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica is situated as well, mail delivery will not be available in the prosecutor's office during this day.

The Division of  Investigation of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica situated in another building will be working regularly. 


5 December 2016 – News: Decision on 72- hour hold issued 

After interrogation of A.N. on a reasonable suspicion that he had committed the criminal offence of usury,  a state prosecutor at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Nikšić issued an order for detention up to 72 hours.

Namely, it is reasonably suspected that the suspect A.N. gave € 250.00 as loan to the injured party S.Š. in June 2016, stipulating for himself/herself disproportionate material gain of 50% monthly interest for the amount lent, and that the injured party has paid him/her the amount of €360.00 in interest so far.


1 December 2016 – Reaction of the Special State Prosecutor's Office to the text published in daily “Dan“

For the purpose of providing objective information, we hereby notify the public that allegations published in the daily ''Dan'' on 1 December 2016, under the headline “Sveto's accounts left untouched due to a failure of the Prosecution Office”, are not true. 
The article falsely reported that judicial authorities of Switzerland had not received any amendment to the request of the Special State Prosecutor's Office in order to check whether Montenegrin citizens had paid proceeds of crime into the bank account in a Swiss branch of HSBC Bank.
With regard to this, we inform the public that in the case formed against Montenegrin citizens S.M., Đ.M. and M.M., three letters rogatory for the provision of international legal assistance were forwarded to the Ministry of Justice and the Police of Switzerland, and that with respect to the third letter rogatory sent on 6 June 2016, the Special State Prosecutor's Office has not received any answer yet. The letter rogatory concerned has not been mentioned in the text of the daily “Dan“ at all.
We note that previously mentioned letters rogatory, which were requested to be amended, were written in the same way as letters rogatory in other cases the replies to which had been received timely.
We also note the Special State Prosecutor's Office of Montenegro formed a case in relation to acting of certain individuals, citizens of Switzerland, based on a reasonable doubt that they had committed the criminal offence of passive bribery, namely that they had received 450,000 Swiss francs, with the aim of preventing the Special State Prosecutor's Office from receiving requested data. This case is at the stage of preliminary investigation.


26 November 2016 – News

Having examined eleven persons who were arrested yesterday, the Special State Prosecutor’s Office submitted a motion to order detention against two persons. An investigating judge of the High Court in Podgorica rejected the motion of the Special State Prosecutor’s Office which will lodge an appeal within the time limit laid down by law.
Since it was found that there were no legal grounds for holding, other persons were released pending trial in the course of further proceedings.
Yesterday, upon the order of the Special State Prosecutor’s Office, officers of the Special State Prosecutor’s Office and Police Directorate deprived of liberty eleven persons – present and former employees of Crnogorska komercijalna banka (CKB) – branch office in Nikšić, on the existence of suspicion that they had committed the continuing criminal offence of abuse of office in business operations.


25 November 2016 – News: Eleven persons deprived of liberty in Nikšić

In the morning hours, upon the order of the Special State Prosecutor’s Office, officers of the Special State Prosecutor’s Office and Police Directorate have arrested eleven persons – present and former employees of Crnogorska komercijalna banka (CKB) – branch office in Nikšić, on the existence of suspicion that they committed the continuing criminal offence of abuse of office in business operations.
The persons in question will be brought before the special state prosecutor for examination within the time limit laid down by law.


24 November 2016 – News – EU/CoE Joint Programme officially opened

The joint programme between the European Union and  Council of Europe named Horizontal Facility in Montenegro was officially opened at the Hilton Hotel in Podgorica.

The subject was on the project which refers to the countries of Western Balkans and Turkey, aimed at improving the situation in the areas of the rule of law, fighting corruption, economic and organised crime, protecting the rights of vulnerable groups.  
State institutions in Montenegro will be provided with technical and expert assistance through the project which will be implemented during the following three years.
Out of six Actions under of the Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey, three actions refer to the State Prosecutor's Office of Montenegro as follows: Action against economic crime in Montenegro, Fighting ill-treatment and impunity and enhancing the application  of the ECtHR case-law on national level, Strengthening accountability of the judicial system.
The official opening was attended by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković who noted, in his opening speech, that the budget of the programme amounting to €25 million, at the same time, binds the institutions of Montenegro to show their readiness for making the best use of the offered assistance.
Read the full speech


22 November 2016 – News

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council presided by the Supreme State Prosecutor, Ivica Stanković, inter alia a decision on the secondment of a state prosecutor  of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office, Milica Anđelić, to the Secretariat of the Prosecutorial Council was rendered. In addition benchmarks for quantity of work in specific type of cases were laid down for the following categories:

         - the state prosecutor’s offices consisting of 5 to 10 state prosecutors,
         - the state prosecutor’s offices consisting of over 10 state prosecutors
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Also, opinions on the Proposal for the Rulebook on Internal Organisation and Systematisation of the Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Bar were delivered at the session.

The NGO Human Rights Action representative, Martina Markolović, attended the today's session as well.


22 November 2016 – News: Supreme State Prosecutor met with UNDP resident representative for Montenegro

The Supreme State Prosecutor, Ivica Stanković, and his associates met with UNDP resident representative for Montenegro, Ms Fiona McCluney, in the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office.
On that occasion, the UNDP resident representative presented the UN Development Programme of the Rule of Law to the Supreme State Prosecutor. Interlocutors exchanged their opinions on the possibility of the State Prosecutor's Office's participation in the project initiative named “Strengthening regional cooperation in processing war crimes and search for missing persons“, the project which will be conducted by UNDP within the next three years.
The Supreme State Prosecutor reminded that during 2015 the State Prosecutor's Office had adopted the Strategy for investigating war crimes and that the project might facilitate its implementation.
Stanković thanked the UNDP for the support received by the State Prosecutor's Office so far and expressed his hope that it would be continued in the following period.


11 November 2016 - News: State Prosecutor’s Office submitted all information which may be available to the public 

With regard to the case concerning the criminal offences of creation of criminal organisation and attempted terrorism so far, the State Prosecutor’s Office has delivered all the information which may be available to the public at this stage of the proceedings. Appreciating all media’s interest in this case, we hereby inform the public that the State Prosecutor’s Office will issue a release on further course of the proceedings only when all necessary conditions are met.  
Being convinced that the public will be patient and wait for the State Prosecutor’s Office to provide complete information on this incident, we kindly ask the media not to misinform and confuse the public by submitting false information, speculations and data from so-called confidential sources. 


 

10 November 2016 – News – Another advanced PR training session held

The second advanced PR training session attended by the state prosecutors and employees of the State Prosecutor's Office was held in Budva from 7 - 9 November. 
The advanced training session was attended by successful attendees of prior basic training courses organised by the State Prosecution Office in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Centre for Training in the Judiciary and the State Prosecution Office. 
The importance of communication with the media aa well as general public is just one of the topics discussed during the last and previous seminars.
During the training courses, a state prosecutor at the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, Veselin Vučković, spoke about the transparency of work of the Prosecution Office in discharge of duties within its competence, while a member of the Council of the Agency for Personal Data Protection, Aleksa Ivanović, spoke about the protection of personal data and free access to information through the communication with media.
Participants of the training courses had an opportunity to learn, through practical exercises, basic rules and techniques of public speaking and see the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication. Public relation and communication consultants, Miodrag Strugar and Eleonora Albijanić, as well as an advisor for public relation in the Cabinet of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, Dragana Maljević Unković, were in charge of the practical part of the training session.
In addition to the above, trainers were also regional experts in the field of communication, as well as media representatives from the region. 


6 November 2016 – News – Evidence and details of the case formed regarding the criminal offences of creation of criminal organisation and attempted terrorism presented at the press conference in Podgorica

The Supreme State Prosecutor, Ivica Stanković, has denied the allegations which appear in a part of the public that the event or case formed regarding the criminal offences of creation of a criminal organisation and attempted terrorism. At the press conference, Stanković said that the Prosecutor's Office possesses the proof for all activities undertaken so far now. 
“There are several decades of legal experience and responsible attitude towards judicial function before as well as the prosecutorial function now behind me and the Chief Special Prosecutor“, said Stanković. 
According to his words, the Prosecution Office does not take anyone's side, neither when it comes to the politicians nor media. “Therefore, I underline, that neither of them will or can involve us in their internal disputes“.
“We took the side of the Constitution and legal norms. You must all be sure that It was and will stay like that“, said Stanković. 
He particularly emphasised successful cooperation with competent state authorities of the Republic of Serbia, who secured further evidence through international legal assistance, for which the Supreme State Prosecutor heartily thanked for.
Organisers of the criminal group which was supposed to cause incidents on the election day on 16 October, are Russian nationalists, said the Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić, stating that there is a reasonable doubt that persons from Montenegro took part in the plan as well.
“Organisers of the criminal group are nationalists from Russia whose starting point was the belief that the rulership in Montenegro, headed by the Prime Minister Milo Đukanović, cannot be changed in the elections and that it should be overthrown violently“, said Katnić. He explained that two persons from nationalist structures of Russia called a specific person accused in this criminal case, presented him/her a plan and asked him/her to carry it out through the engagement of higher number of people who would, as he stated precisely, take part in the commission of this terrorist act following strictly defined rules and tasks.
“It was planned that, after the end of the elections at 11 p.m. on 16 October, criminal structures infiltrate into the crowd gathered in front of the Parliament building, and at the moment the politicians, we identified the group they belong to, come on stage, enter the Parliament violently and stay inside for at least 48 hours“, said Katnić.
Besides that, as he stated, there was a plan that during the protest rally of a certain political structure, five persons infiltrate and attack the political structure by throwing stones so as it looks like the act of a criminal structure close to the Government.
„After that, the plan was to infiltrate a person, who would break windows and cause damage on the premises of certain political structure in Montenegro and present it as if it was the act of a Montenegrin political structure.  The plan was also to find good shooters, skilled to kill from distance and to deprive the Prime Minister Milo  Đukanović of life“ – said Katnić. 
At the press conference, he presented photographs of evidence for committing the criminal act, which showed steel wires with raisors aimed to prevent the people to cross from one area to the other, police equipment, handcuffs, tying tools, brass knuckles, telescopic poles, military equipment, police sprays for neutralising manpower, catapults. 
When asked whether a political structure, being the part of the criminal organisation, was the organiser of the attack and whether the political party is from Montenegro, Katnić answered that there is a reasonable doubt that a political structure is in question.  
„There is a reasonable doubt that one person from that political structure, who would come on stage at 11 p.m., would take over commanding of the whole structure, politicians, terrorists and citizens and order violent entry into the Parliament building“, explained Katnić.
Asked about the Russain nationalists and political structures and whether they had any connections with the state structures,  Katnić said they had no evidence that Russia was involved in this matter in any way.  
„We have facts and evidence that Russian nationalists were involved. The plan was to stop Montenegro on its Euro-Atlantic path and to prevent its entrance into NATO in particular. This was the initiating idea of the organisers“ – stated Katnić. 


2 November 2016 – News: Days of State Prosecutors of Montenegro held

The Days of State Prosecutors were held in Sentido-Tara Hotel in Bečići in the period from 31 October to 2 November 2016. The main ceremony, which was attended by representatives of the judiciary, the diplomatic corps, international organisations was held on 1 November. On this occasion, the Supreme State Prosecutor in his opening speech reminded that the Prosecution Office was striving to be a credible partner when it comes to regional and international cooperation in the last twelve months. Stankovic stated that there are many reasons why days of State Prosecutors are awaited not only with pleasure but also with pride.Nevertheless, it does not mean that the state prosecutor's office was not aware of both shortcomings and mistakes, actual obstacles and internal deficiencies.
The Supreme State Prosecutor pointed out that the state prosecutors are not, and must not be interested in listening to everyday political developments. 
- We are guided by legal regulations and constitutional norms, by no means ingratiate ourselves  with anyone, said the Supreme State Prosecutor.
The opening session was followed by the working session with the topic of Procedural institutions within the jurisdiction of the state prosecutor.
Also, the session of the Assembly of the Association of State Prosecutors of Montenegro was held, at which, inter alia, the state prosecutor at the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, Veselin Vučković, who discharged the function of the President of the Association in the previous period, was re-elected.  


21 October 2016 – News: Mayor of Gusinje heard on 15 October 2016 due to the allegations of abuses for pre-electoral purposes 

After the release of an article in the daily Dan under the heading “Employ strictly according to party membership, pay 30 euros to students, put pressure in Kosovo through embassy“, the Special State Prosecutor's Office formed files in order to check the allegations concerning abuses for pre-electoral purpose committed by the mayor and DPS list leader in Gusinje, A.Č.
The text, inter alia, states that the alleged abuses were registered in a work record book of the mayor, the original of which, as stated in the text, was in the editorial office of the daily Dan. With regard to that,  the Special State Prosecutor's Office requested from the editorial staff of daily Dan the original work record book which is thereafter taken from the editorial staff of this daily by officers of the Special Police Division. 
Upon the order of the Special State Prosecutor's Office, on 15 October 2016 officers of the Special Police Division heard A.Č. regarding the circumstances related to the content of the work record book. After analyzing the statement submitted, it was found that it is necessary to continue collecting information from citizens, therefore, a request was sent to the Special Police Division to this aim.


19 October 2016 - Press release: Special State Prosecutor's Office formed 157 cases of criminal offences against electoral law in two-month period 

Upon entry into force of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Special State Prosecutor's Office on 19th August 2016, the Special State Prosecutor's Office became competent for prosecuting perpetrators of criminal offences against electoral rights prescribed in Chapter 16 of the Criminal Code of Montenegro. 

As of that date, the Special State Prosecutor's Office has formed a total of 157 cases for the criminal offences against electoral rights, as follows: 99 upon complaints filed by NGO „Networks for Affirmation of Non-Governmental Sector – MANS“, 19 upon complaints filed by political parties and their representatives, 26 upon complaints from the Police Directorate, 9 upon complaints from citizens, while 4 cases have been formed by the Special State Prosecutor's Office itself based on information published by the media. 

The Special State Prosecutor's Office acted upon all complaints. Namely, after the checking a decision on dismissal of criminal complaints has been rendered in two cases, while other cases are at the stage of preliminary investigation during which data and information necessary to render a decision are being gathered. So far, in the course of the preliminary investigation in these cases, the requests for collecting necessary information have been filed with the Special Police Division, a number of persons have been heard in the capacity of witnesses or citizens, 8 persons in the capacity of  suspects and in respect of six suspects a decision on detention has been rendered. In addition, in one case a request for a search of dwelling and other premises has been filed to the investigative judge of the High Court in Podgorica, whic has been adopted. 


17 October 2016 - Press release 

Twenty persons, deprived of liberty due to the existence of grounds for suspicion of having committed the criminal offences - creation of a criminal organisation in concurrence with the criminal offence of terrorism, have been interrogated on the premises of the Special State Prosecutor’s Office. Following the interrogation, 14 persons were ordered detention for up to 72 hours, whereas 6 persons were released. 

It is reasonably suspected that at the beginning of October a criminal organisation was set up in Serbia and Montenegro, with the aim of influencing the legislative and executive authorities in Montenegro. It is suspected that the plan of this organisation was to attack, at the moment of announcing final election results, the citizens gathered in front of the Parliament of Montenegro as well as the police officers, using firearms, and then to occupy the premises of the Parliament aiming at declaring the electoral victory of specific political parties.
It is also suspected that the plan of the criminal organisation was to deprive the Prime Minister of Montenegro of liberty.

During the proceedings, it was found that apart from the persons arrested, the criminal organisation consisted of the persons whose identification and deprivation of liberty are intensively underway.


16 October 2016 – News: A hundred and fourteen criminal complaints filed until 8 p.m.

From the opening of the polling stations at 7 a.m. until the closing time thereof at 8 p.m. a total of 114 criminal complaints were filed with the Prosecution Office as follows:
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica – 40 criminal complaints, out of which 34 allege the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting, 4 complaints  allege the criminal offence of infringement of the secrecy of voting, one criminal complaint alleges the criminal offence of composing inaccurate voters' registers and one criminal complaint alleges the criminal offence of obstruction of elections;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Cetinje – 4 criminal complaints alleging the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje- 17 criminal complaints, out of which 10 allege the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting wherein two complaints included the additional criminal offence of endangering safety and 7 criminal complaints upon which the criminal offences have not been qualified yet;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Nikšić - 6 criminal complaints, out of which 5 allege the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting and 1 criminal offence alleges the criminal offence of infringement of the voting right;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Berane – 5 criminal complaints, out of which 2 allege the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting, one criminal complaint alleges the criminal offence of infringement of the voting right whereas criminal offences have not been qualified regarding other 2 criminal complaints;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Pljevlja – 6 criminal complaints, 3 of which allege the criminal offence of infringement of the voting right, 2 complaints allege the criminal offence of infringement of choice in voting and 1 complaint alleges the criminal offence of infringement of the secrecy of voting;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Rožaje – 11 criminal complaints, 2 of which allege the criminal offence of infringement of choice in voting and 9 criminal complaints upon which  criminal offence have not been qualified yet;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Plav- 2 criminal complaints alleging the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kolašin – 1 criminal complaint alleging the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Herceg Novi - 4 criminal complaints alleging the criminal offence of infringement of the voting right;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bar  - 7 criminal complaints, out of which 1 complaints alleges the criminal offence of abuse of the right to vote, 3 criminal complaints allege the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting, 1 criminal complaints alleges the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting and the criminal offence of infringement of the voting right, 1 criminal complaint alleges the criminal offence of infringement of the secrecy of voting and 1 criminal complaint upon which the criminal offence has not been qualified yet.
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor – 9 criminal complaints upon which criminal offences have not been qualified yet;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Ulcinj – 2 criminal complaints, 1 of which alleges the criminal offence of falsifying the results of voting and 1 criminal complaint alleges the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting.


16 October 2016 – News: Twenty persons suspected of creation of a criminal organisation deprived of liberty

Upon the order of the Special State Prosecutor's Office officers of the Special Police Division and the Police Directorate during the night deprived of liberty twenty persons, citizens of the Republic of Serbia, for whom there are grounds for suspicion that they committed the criminal offences of creation of a criminal organisation in concurrence with the criminal offence of terrorism.
It is reasonably suspected that at the beginning of October a criminal organisation was set up in Serbia and Montenegro, with the aim of influencing the legislative and executive authorities in Montenegro. It is suspected that the plan of this organisation was to attack, using firearms, citizens gathered in front of the Parliament of Montenegro, as well as police officers, at the moment of announcing final election results, and then to occupy the premises of the Parliament aiming at declaring the electoral victory of specific political parties.
It is also suspected that the organisation's criminal  plan was to deprive the Prime Minister of Montenegro of liberty. With the aim of carrying out the stated plan, the organiser of the group, B.D., came to Montenegro in the early morning hours intending to further carry out the criminal plan and command the armed persons with the final goal of occupying the Parliament of Montenegro and other state institutions. Upon the given instructions and criminal plan, the suspects came to Podgorica by their private cars where, in order to continue carrying out the plan, they divided into at least 3 groups. Members of the criminal organisation were given the instructions to distribute the weapons prepared in advance for the purpose of further realisation of the criminal plan.
Upon the order of the Special State Prosecutor's Office, officers of the Special Police Division and the Police Directorate deprived of liberty the organiser and the members of this criminal organisation at the time when they were about to check hidden warehouse prepared in advance and the weapons and ammunition delivered.
During the procedure, it was found that apart from the persons arrested, the criminal organisation consisted of the persons whose identification and deprivation of liberty are intensively underway. 
Persons deprived of liberty are as follows:

 1.  B.D. (1970)                            11. D.M. (1976)
 2.  K.H. (1977)                            12. S.Đ. (1964) 
 3.  V.B. (1995)                            13.  A.Č. (1983) 
 4.  N.Đ. (1995)                            14.  A.A. (1974) 
 5.  S.V. (1991)                            15.  N.Đ.(1982)
 6.  G.K. (1999)                            16.  S.Ć.(1979)
 7.  B.K. (1976)                             17. D.S.(1974)
 8.  L.Đ. (1998)                             18. M.A.(1990)
 9.  B.M. (1955)                            19. I.M. (1980)
10. M.D. (1957)                            20. P.A. (1977) 

 


16 October 2016 – News: Twenty-nine criminal complaints filed until 01:00 p.m.

From 11:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. a total of 29 criminal complaints were filed with the Prosecution Office as follows:
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica – 16 criminal complaints, 15 of which allege the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting and one complaint  alleges the criminal offence of infringement of the voting right;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje – one criminal complaint concerning the criminal offence referred to in Article 193 of the Criminal Code;
 -The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Nikšić - two criminal complaints alleging the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Berane - one criminal complaint alleging the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Pljevlja –two criminal complaints regarding which the criminal offence has not been qualified yet;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Rožaje –one criminal complaint alleging the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Plav - one criminal complaint alleging the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kolašin - one criminal complaint alleging the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting; 
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bar – two criminal offences alleging the criminal offence of abuse of the right to vote:
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Ulcinj - two criminal complaints alleging the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting.


16 October 2016 – News: Six criminal complaints filed until 11 a.m.

Since the opening of the polling stations at 7 a.m. a total of six criminal complaints have been filed with the Prosecutor's Office, as follows:
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Cetinje - one criminal complaint alleging the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor – two criminal complaints on the basis of which the criminal offence which has not been qualified yet;
- The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje –two criminal complaints, one of which concerns the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting, whilst as regards the other one, the offence has not been qualified yet;  
 - The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Berane – one criminal complaint alleging the criminal offence of infringement of freedom of choice in voting.


14 October 2016 – News

The Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić has established the investigative teams which will act in criminal cases against electoral rights. In this respect, we hereby notify the citizens that they can file criminal complaints charging the criminal  offences against electoral rights to the Special State Prosecutor's Office, as well as the basic and high state prosecutor's offices because of the fact that the state prosecutors thereof have been seconded to the Special State Prosecutor's Office to proceed in the cases against electoral law. The special prosecutors and seconded state prosecutors, as well as civil servants and state employees have been assigned to be on duty at all prosecutor's offices until 8 a.m for the time period 15-17 October. Complaints can also be filed via email to the official email of the Special State Prosecutor's Office - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


13 October 2016 – News: Supreme State Prosecutor spoke with the mothers from Rožaje

On the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković spoke with representatives of the mothers from Rožaje, who due to missing documentation cannot enforce their legal right to allowance on the basis of birth of three and more children. With appreciation for welcome, the mothers from Rožaje made the Supreme State Prosecutor familiar with the problems they encountered during the previous period.
On the basis of the report previously delivered by the head of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Rožaje, the Supreme State Prosecutor informed the mothers of all the activities undertaken in this case by competent prosecutor's office. During the talks, Stanković pointed out that state prosecutor's offices are obliged ex officio to undertake actions in accordance with law when there are grounds for suspicion that a criminal offence has been committed.
It was also agreed that the meeting between the mothers and the head of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Rožaje be organised, on which occasion the mothers will hand over the documentation they possess.


12 October 2016 - News

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council presided by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, inter alia, it was decided on secondment of the state prosecutors from basic and high state prosecutor's offices to the Special State Prosecutor's Office. The prosecutors have been seconded to work at the Special State Prosecutor's Office during the election process.
A total of 16 state prosecutors have been seconded to the Special State Prosecutor's Office, namely, two prosecutors from the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica and one from basic state prosecutor's offices each.
According to the decision of the MPs of the Parliament of Montenegro, the criminal offences in the field of electoral rights shall fall within the jurisdiction of the Special State Prosecutor's Office.


6 October 2016 – News: Regional Conference of supreme state prosecutors and heads of special prosecutor's offices on the topic of cross-border organised crime held

Regional Conference of the supreme state prosecutors and special prosecutors on the topic “Present and future challenges in the fight against cross-border organised crime“ was held in Splendid Hotel in Budva.

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković opened the Conference and on that occasion, he pointed out that the task of judicial authorities is clear, and that is, to be ahead of organised crime and that the prosecutor's offices in the region must connect to each other to make a heavy chain which will be more and more tightened around the organised crime which implies strengthening direct cooperation among prosecution offices in the region.

Stanković emphasised that it is unacceptable that members of criminal groups act jointly while institutions conduct administrative procedures and slow down each other with formalities.

It is only joint activity of prosecutor's offices in the region that can prove that the state is stronger than the mafia, more organised than criminals and more determined in its intention to show each member of a criminal group that judiciary knows no boundaries either, said Stanković.

At the opening of the Conference the Head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Aivo Orav, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission B. Bix Aliu, project leader / GIZ, EU IPA “International cooperation in criminal matters: Western Balkans Prosecutors' Network“, Henk Marquart Sholtz and EUROJUST representative, Marči Gabrijelčić. The heads of delegations of the countries in the region addressed the present as well.

During the working part of the conference the Chief Special Prosecutor, Milivoje Katnić and the state prosecutor at the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, Stojanka Radović also made statements on the topics “Cooperation in the fight against organized criminal groups active in the region and EU-models of coordination at regional level“ and “Present and future challenges in the fight against cross-border organized crime organized crime and other form of serious crime“ respectively.

Following the discussion, the participants of the conference, inter alia, agreed that the cooperation between the countries in the region and beyond in the fight against cross-border organized crime is an imperative of any country and that it is necessary to intensify bilateral and multilateral cooperation, especially through joint investigative teams along with active engagement of European institutions.

The Conference was organised by the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office with the support of the projects /GIZ, EU, IPA “International cooperation in criminal matters: Western Balkans Prosecutors' Network“ and the US Embassy to Montenegro.

Conference conclusions
Read the full statement


4 October 2016 – News: Criminal complaint filed against the suspects for co-perpetration in the case of homicide of a prisoner Dalibor Đurić

Upon the order of the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, the Ministry of Interior – Police Directorate, Security Division of Danilovgrad has filed the criminal complaint against D.P. and M.T. on grounds for suspicion that they, as co-perpetrators, committed the criminal offence of an aggravated homicide to the detriment of  Dalibor Đurić, who was serving his sentence at the Institute for Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions.
The grounds for suspicion that they jointly participated in the commission of this criminal offence derive from the evidence gathered during the preliminary investigation conducted jointly by the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica and the Special State Prosecutor's Office, as well as by officers of the Ministry of Interior – Police Directorate Criminal Police Department and Special Police Division, who acted upon the orders of the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica and Special State Prosecutor's Office. The criminal complaint against D.P. and M.T. has been delivered to the Special State Prosecutor's Office for further proceedings.


3 October 2016 – News: Suspect for an attempted murder of Predrag Šuković deprived of liberty upon the order of the High State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica

The High State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica, in cooperation with the Police Directorate of Montenegro, has obtained the data in the preliminary investigation, which indicate the existence of grounds for suspicion that R.A. a citizen of the Republic of Serbia, attempted to deprive of life Predrag Šuković from Podgorica by use of firearms on 11 July 2016. A local wanted notice has been issued against this person who will, after being held at the crossing border Dobrakovo and then apprehended, be brought to the High State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica for examination, within the time limit prescribed by law. In the course of the proceedings, this prosecutor’s office shall establish all relevant facts significant for the existence of criminal liability of R.A. and complete solving the case. 


 

30 September 2016 –News

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council presided by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, inter alia, the selection of members of the Council for Evaluation has been carried out and amendments to the Rules for Evaluation of State Prosecutors and Heads of Prosecutor’s Offices have been adopted. The Prosecutorial Council rendered a decision on the secondment of the state prosecutor Stojanka Radović to the Special State Prosecutor’s  Office for a  time period of one year. In addition, an Opinion on Rules on Internal Organisation and Systematisation of the Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Berane was adopted.
Also, a decision was rendered regarding filling vacant positions, which had not been filled by internal announcement, for state prosecutors at the basic state prosecutor’s offices.


28 September 2016 – News: Supreme State Prosecutor made a guest appearance in the “Civic Hour“ on the topic of protection of electoral rights

The Supreme State Prosecutor made a guest appearance in the “Civic Hour“ in the organisation of the Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) on the topic of the protection of electoral rights within the framework of the campaign "Vote freely“.

The “Civic Hour“ was an opportunity to explain the criminal offences against electoral rights, inform the citizen about who to address to and in what manner, and what would be the activities of the Prosecution Office during and after the electoral process, for the purpose of establishing liability for violations of law. The Supreme State Prosecutor reminded the citizens of the Amendments to the Law on Special State Prosecutor's Office, whereby the jurisdiction of the Special State Prosecutor's Office has been extended regarding prosecuting perpetrators for the criminal offence of violation of electoral rights, and informed them about the possibility for filing complaints to the nearest prosecutor's office, where the same will be submitted for evaluation and proceedings to the Special State Prosecutor's Office.
The “Civic Hour“ was attended by representatives of the media. The present had the opportunity to ask the Supreme State Prosecutor specific questions about the cases which the public is interested in, and which are related to the specific topics.
The Supreme State Prosecutor stated that the State Prosecutor's Office acts pursuant to law and does not recognise any political option, just as the law does not recognise the authority and opposition but the perpetrators of criminal offences. 


27 September 2016 - News: Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković spoke at the conference on fight against corruption in education 

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković had an opening statement at the Fifth National Conference on Fight Against Corruption in Education. 
On that occasion, the Supreme State Prosecutor pointed out that the data showing that there is an increasing number of citizens who believe that corruption in education is widely present were disturbing. Therefore, not only are we obliged to react as a society, but also we need to do everything in our power, as the institution, to prove that there is only one path to diploma and it is the result of continuous work and acquired knowledge, stated Stanković. 
He emphasized that the State Prosecutor’s Office sees the civil sector as a partner in the fight against all types of corruption. Just as in any other area, corruption in education requires timely reaction and it is the only way to send a clear message to generations to come that success is achieved solely through hard work, dedication, and sacrifice also, said the Supreme State Prosecutor.
The Conference was organised by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy ELIAMEP, within the project “Only Knowledge Should get you the Title”, with the support of EU Delegation to Montenegro, Heinrich Boel Foundation and Montenegro Government’s Commission for Allocation of Funds from Games of Chance.

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26 September 2016 – News: Supreme State Prosecutor hosted newly appointed Head of Delegation of the Europen Union to Montenegro

The Supreme State Prosecutor hosted newly appointed Head of Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, Mr Aivo Orav, on the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office. Congratulating him on the appointment, the Supreme State Prosecutor made the Ambassador Orav familiar with the organisation of work of the State Prosecution Office, the establishment of the Secretariat of the Prosecutorial Council and the Special State Prosecutors Office which achieved concrete results in the fight against organised crime and high-level corruption for a short  period of time. Stanković, inter alia, spoke about amendments to the Law on Special State Prosecutor's Office, whereby the jurisdiction of the Special State Prosecutor's Office for prosecuting perpetrators of criminal offences of violation of electoral law has been extended. 

The interlocutors expressed their satisfaction with recent extremely successful cooperation, with the expectation of its continuation.
The Head of the Political, European Integration and Trade Section in the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Plamena Halačeva, attended the meeting as well. 


23 September 2016 – News: Attending prosecutor undertook necessary evidence gathering actions for the purpose of solving the case of homicide of a prisoner

The attending prosecutor of the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica Miloš Šoškić has issued an order to perform an autopsy of the corpse of D.Đ., and also orders to carry out the necessary forensic examination. Upon the incident which happened on 22 September 2016, when D.Đ. was deprived of life by firearm in the yard of the Institute for Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions, the attending prosecutor at the High State Prosecutor's Office Miloš Šoškić in cooperation with the officers of the Ministry of Interior- Police Directorate conducted the crime scene investigation at two locations – at the Institute for Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions and at the place where a burned vehicle was found, suspected of being used during the commission of the crime. During and after the crime scene investigation, concrete actions were ordered which, according to the information obtained so far, might contribute to solving this criminal offence.


23 September 2016 – Head of the OSCE observation mission visits Supreme State Prosecutor's Office

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and his associates met with the Head of the OSCE election observation mission for parliamentary elections in Montenegro, Roman Jakič, on the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office.

The topic of the meeting was the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

The Supreme State Prosecutor made his interlocutors familiar with the status and jurisdiction of the State Prosecution Office, as well as with the internal organisation of work.
Stanković spoke, inter alia, about amendments to the Law on Special State Prosecutor's Office and extension of jurisdiction for prosecuting perpetrators of criminal offences – violations of electoral law laid out by the Criminal Code of Montenegro.
The Supreme State Prosecutor thanked for the support provided in the previous period and expressed his hope that it would be continued.
The OSCE legal analyst Vasil Vasčanka attended the meeting as well.


22 September 2016 – News: Delegation of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Interior of France  visits the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and his associates met with the delegation of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior of France and the Embassy of France in Montenegro, headed by the Head of the Division for Cooperation within the Ministry of Justice of France, Benjamin Danlos. The topic of the meeting was the cooperation between Montenegro and France in the field of judiciary and the possibilities for enhancing thereof. The supreme state prosecutor made the interlocutors familiar with the results achieved in the previous period and at the same time he pointed out that the State Prosecution Office shall continue the intensified fight against organised crime and high-level corruption. He also stated that the state prosecutorial organisation is focused on financial investigations and confiscation of the proceeds of crime.

The prosecutor thanked for the support of the Ministry of Justice of France received so far. The interlocutors agreed that the cooperation has been successful so far now and expressed their expectations that it would also be continued in the coming period.


20 September 2016 – Response of the High State Prosecutor's Office to the allegations published in the daily newspaper 'Dan'

Regarding an article published on 19 September 2016 in the daily newspaper “Dan“ under the heading “If the judgement is not annulled, I will strike until death“, in which Borislav Ćulafić, an authorised representative of the family which is the injured party, announced that he would go on hunger strike until death in front of the building of the High Court in Podgorica, unless the High Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica filed an appeal against the ruling whereby the accused M.Č. has been sentenced to thirteen and one-half-year imprisonment for murdering his sons Danijel and Dalibor Ćulafić, we notify the public that after having received the judgement of the High Court in Podgorica on 28 June 2016, the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica filed an appeal against this ruling within the time limit prescribed by law.
Even before, in the text published in daily “Vijesti“ on 6 April 2016, under the heading “Mašan Čogurić sentenced to 13 years imprisonment“, Mr Ćulafić in a negative sense commented on the work of Miloš Šoškić, the state prosecutor at the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica. Mr Ćulafić's allegations related to the activity of the prosecutor Šoškić, in this case, are completely unfounded, primarily for the reason that he
refuted himself when, at the end of the evidentiary proceedings, in his final statement, he said: “Respected Court, r
epsected prosecutor and you, media representatives, I fully agree with the final statement  of the prosecutor who conscientiously and meticulously took into consideration the slightest details, analysed the evidence and I accept his judgement that the offences, that the accused person has been charged with, are fully proved. In fact, I don't have anything to add.“


20 September 2016 - News: 27th Southeast European Prosecutor Advisory Group (SEEPAG) Conference opened 

The 27th Southeast European Prosecutor Advisory group (SEEPAG) Conference on the topic of ”Joint Investigation Teams“ has been opened at Ramada hotel in Podgorica. 
The Conference has been opened by the Supreme State Prosecutor Mr Ivica Stanković, whereby he has assessed that this year Montenegrin Prosecutor’s Office has a double privilege of chairing the renowned regional network of prosecutors, SEEPAG, and of hosting a regional prosecutors conference on such a highly relevant theme of joint investigation teams.
Stanković has stated that unfortunately the practice shows that this type of legal assistance and cooperation has not yet been utilised to the extent that would fully benefit law enforcement bodies and that the fact that international criminal groups exist and joint investigation teams do not, is a major concern. It is unacceptable that crime knows no boundaries, while those fighting crime insist on them – added Mr Stanković. 
In his speech, Supreme Prosecutor has stated that just like at the national level, where fight against crime depends on the connection between individual links in the judicial chain, at the international level, it depends on the strength of cooperation and the level of trust among the countries and their judiciaries. This is why joint investigation teams are a test of trust, ability and will for co-operation. 
The state prosecutor at the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office, Mrs Sonja Bošković, who is the chairperson of today’s Conference, has stated in her opening speech, that organising this Conference is a big challenge for Montenegro especially bearing in mind Montenegro’s European and Euro-Atlantic path and expressed particular gratitude to representatives of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Southeast European Law Enforcement Centre (SELEC) and SEEPAG Secretariat. In her speech, she particularly stressed that joint investigation teams are among the most important instruments for fight against organised crime and that fighting a global threat such as organised crime, that terrorism has always been a part and parcel of, must rely on effective laws, democratic and highly professional institutions and the rule of law. 
In the introductory part of the Conference, other speakers have  been Ivana Goranić, Expert on Justice and Home Affairs of Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs in Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC), as well.
The Conference has been organised by the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, on behalf of Montenegro, as the chairing state member of this body, with the support of Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and Southeast European Law Enforcement Centre (SELEC). 


14 September 2016 – U.S. Department of State delegation visits State Prosecution Office

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and the Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić talked with the U.S. Department of State delegation headed by Christine Tefft from the Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia.

The topic of the meeting was the rule of law reform process in Montenegro.

The Supreme State Prosecutor made the interlocutors familiar with the results achieved in the previous period and at the same time he pointed out that the State Prosecution Office shall continue the intensified fight against organised crime and high-level corruption. He stated that plea bargaining agreements are being concluded in parallel with conducting financial investigations.

Stanković noted that the Prosecution Office, during its operation, is guided by the principle that no person may retain the proceeds of crime. The Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić stated that institutions deriving from American Criminal Law started to be applied in Montenegrin legislation, first of all, the institution of plea bargaining agreements. Katnić pointed out that all plea bargaining agreements that the Special Prosecutor's Office concluded, have been accepted by the Court.

The prosecutors thanked for the support that the U.S.Embassy in Podgorica continuously provides to the Prosecution Office. The interlocutors agreed that the cooperation was extremely successful and expressed their expectation it would be continued in the future as well.
The representatives of U.S. Department of State congratulated the Supreme State Prosecutor and the Chief Special Prosecutor on the achieved results. 


13 September 2016 – News: Decision on holding issued for nine persons who were deprived of liberty in Kotor

Following the interrogation in the premises of the Special State Prosecutor's Office, a decision on holding has been issued for all persons who were deprived of liberty in yesterday's activities in Kotor due to the existence of reasonable suspicion that they committed the criminal offences of establishment of a criminal organization, active bribery, usury, extortion, and grave offences against general safety, misuse of office, enabling the enjoying the narcotic drugs, unlawful possession of weapons and explosive substances. 
A wanted notice has been issued for persons at large at the level of Montenegro and border crossings.
Persons who were ordered holding after interrogation, have been deprived of liberty upon the order of the Special State Prosecutor's Office.


12 September 2016 – News 

After the preliminary investigative activities had been conducted upon the order of the special prosecutor, on 12 September 2016 officers of the Criminal Police Department and the Special Police Division deprived of liberty nine persons: B.S., C.Đ., S.Z., B.A., A.N., A.I., M.T., D.I. and LJ.G., due to the existence of reasonable suspicion that they committed the criminal offences of establishment of a criminal organization, active bribery, usury, extortion, and grave offences against general safety, misuse of office, enabling the enjoying the narcotic drugs, unlawful possession of weapons and explosive substances.

Also, an order for deprivation of liberty has been issued against K.S, B.V., P.D., R.M., V.S., Đ.A. and Đ.I., who are not deprived of liberty and who are in flight. All persons deprived of liberty shall be examined at the Special State Prosecutor's Office. The Prosecutor Police activities in this case shall be continued.


6 September 2016 – News

Upon the order of the juvenile state prosecutor of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, the juvenile J.L. has been deprived of liberty today, for the criminal offence of robbery committed to the detriment of a juvenile as well. There is a reasonable suspicion that, on 30 August 2016, having taken away the money and a mobile phone from the injured party, with the aim of keeping the items concerned, the juvenile J.L. hit his/her head several times using a dangerous object whereby the injured party suffered bodily injuries. The prosecutor has examined the juvenile J.L. who was previously fleeing, whereupon he/she issued a decision on holding up to 72 hours.


5 September 2016 – News: Memorandum of Cooperation with non-governmental organisations who monitor the forthcoming elections

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stankvić has signed the Memorandum of Cooperation with NGOs who monitor the forthcoming elections. On behalf of the Center for Democratic Transition the Memorandum has been signed by an executive director of this non-governmental organisation Dragan Koprivica. Signatory of the document is also Zlatko Vujovićl, the president of the Governing Board of the Centre for Monitoring. The document has been signed with the aim of prevention and suppression of violation of electoral law. The NGOs who monitor the elections  have pledged themselves to notify the Prosecutor's Office of any information or evidence about the criminal offences committed against the electoral law or other criminal offences which are prosecuted ex officio and which can influence the legality and legitimacy of the electoral process. During the signing of the Memorandum, the Supreme State Prosecutor noted that the Prosecutor's Office will keep a vigilant eye on the process of the electoral process and react in case of violation of electoral law or potential abuse.
If any person commits a crime in the course of the electoral process, he/she shall bear liability regardless of the political belief he/she declares, Stanković said. All are equal before the law and representatives of both the government and the opposition must be aware of that, the Supreme State Prosecutor emphasised. He also called up other organisations as well as the citizens to inform the Prosecutor's Office about potential illegalities during the electoral process.

Presentation of the Supreme State Prosecutor


30 August 2016 - Announcement regarding the independent daily “Vijesti” false allegations

For the purpose of providing objective information, the Special State Prosecutor's Office hereby notifies the public that allegations published in the daily ''Vijesti'' on 30th August 2016, under the headline “She blackmailed him into accusing the journalist” and the heading “Samardžić “pressured” Duško Martinović”, are not true. The same allegations were published in the independent daily “Vijesti” a few days earlier as well, 
The article concerned reported untrue information that a special prosecutor “pressured” the accused D.M. to sign a plea bargaining agreement by which he would accuse a journalist, the accused J.M., of being a member of drug group. 
The investigation in the case lasted from 24 October 2015 until 08 April 2016, when the indictment was issued against 14 persons among whom were the accused persons D.M. and  J.M., a  journalist. 
Following the investigation, all collected pieces of evidence, along with the indictment, were delivered to the High Court in Podgorica. Hence, all actions of the special prosecutor Mira Samardžić in regard to collecting evidence or undertaking actions related to the admission of guilt of any accused person were terminated on the day of issuance of the indictment, i.e. 08 April 2016.
According to findings of the Prosecutor’s Office, there is enough credible evidence collected for the conviction of all the accused, which is verified by the fact that the indictment concerned has been confirmed in respect of all accused persons by the relevant Panel of judges of the High Court in Podgorica.

The Special State Prosecutor’s Office is currently conducting a financial investigation, declared as secret, against several accused persons and others related to them who have been found to have property, the activities of which are not to be mixed with the investigative actions preceding the indictment.   


30 August 2016 – News: Case formed at the Prosecutor's Office on the occasion of incidents in front of the building of the Parliament 

After the police officers notified the attending prosecutor of disrupting public law and order in front of the building of the Parliament of Montenegro, the case was formed at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica on the occasion of the stated incident.
The police were provided with the instructions, under the Criminal Procedure Code, on activities which are to be undertaken in the concrete case, and asked to deliver the evidence collected as soon as possible.


30 August 2016 – News: Bill of indictment submitted against J.J. 

The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica submitted a bill of indictment to the Basic Court in Danilovgrad against the accused J.J. on a reasonable suspicion that he/she committed the criminal offence of serious bodily injury. It is reasonably suspected that the accused inflicted serious bodily injuries to I.B., by spilling hot liquid down the head, face and rib cage, in the premises of the Institute for Execution of Criminal Sanctions in Danilovgrad on 1 July 2016.


27 August 2016 – News: 72-hour hold decided due to active bribery

Upon the order of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, the foreign citizen D.G. has been deprived of liberty on a reasonable suspicion that he/she committed the criminal offence of active bribery of police officers. After interrogation of the suspect, the attending prosecutor issued a decision on holding for up to 72 hours.


23 August 2016 – News: R.B's detention extended

Upon the motion of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, the Basic Court in Podgorica has issued a ruling on extending detention of R.B. against whom the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica issued an indictment for the criminal offence of attempted fraud. 


23 August 2016 – News: Case on allegations about murder of Duško Jovanović formed at the Prosecutor's Office

The case has been formed at the Special State Prosecutor's Office with the aim of checking the allegations from the report containing the information related to the murder of Duško Jovanović. The case, formed with reference to the report submitted to the Prosecutor's Office and drawn up by a private detective, is at the stage of preliminary investigation. The Prosecutor's Office cannot disclose any more information for the time being for the sake of the proceedings which is underway. At the same time, we note that any public disclosure of information related to any case may jeopardise the proceedings. 
The Prosecutor's Office in a timely manner communicates all the information which may be available at a certain stage of the proceedings to the public. Everything else constitutes a disruption to work of the competent state authorities.  


12 August 2016 – News: V.M.'s detention extended

Upon the motion of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, the Basic Court in Podgorica has issued a ruling on extending detention of V.M. against whom the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica issued an indictment for the continuing criminal offence of fraud.


5 August 2016 – News: Deprived of liberty on suspicion of having caused traffic accident

Upon the order of an attending prosecutor of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, officers of the Police Directorate have deprived two persons of liberty on reasonable suspicion that they committed the criminal offence – an aggravated offence against public traffic safety. There is a reasonable suspicion that M.R. and J.C. caused the traffic accident which happened in Orijenska ulica in Podgorica around 12.30 a.m. on 5 August 2016. Several persons were injured in the traffic accident in which five vehicles were involved. The attending prosecutor, Miroslav Turković, carried out the crime scene investigation in the presence of a traffic science expert witness, whereupon he ordered the necessary forensic examination.


3 August 2016 – Detention for threatening MPs

Upon the order of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, L.D. has been deprived of liberty for a reasonable suspicion that he/she committed the criminal offence of endangering safety to the detriment of three MPs of the Parliament of Montenegro.
L.D. is suspected of posting a photograph of the three MPs followed by a threatening text on the social network, Facebook, using his/her own profile.
After examination, the prosecutor ordered L.D. detention up to 72 hours.  


2 August 2016 – Supreme State Prosecutor requested detailed report on road traffic accident in which M.V. was killed

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has requested an urgent and detailed report on the road traffic accident which occurred in Podgorica on 29 July when M.V. was killed, from the competent authority, the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica. The Supreme State Prosecutor has requested from the head of the competent prosecutor's office that the family of the accident victim should be familiar with all available official data on the accident.


28 July 2016 – News

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council presided by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, inter alia, the Annual Budget Allocation Proposal for work of the Prosecutorial Council and each prosecutor's office respectively for the year 2017 has been established, as well as the Draft Budget Allocation Proposal for the spending unit of the Prosecution Office according to the programmes for the year 2017. The Prosecutorial Council has also established three commissions: Commission for Permanent Voluntary Reassignment of State Prosecutors, Commission for Promotion and Commission for Complaints. In addition, the consent has been provided for the public call for the valorisation of the building land in Cetinje through the housing project development according to the model of public private partnership. 
The Rules on Manner and Criteria for Meeting State Prosecutors' Housing Needs have been adopted at the session as well.


26 July 2016 – News

On the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has received a farewell visit from the former EU Ambassador in Montenegro, Mitja Drobnic.
They spoke, inter alia, on the topic of the tasks which are ahead of Montenegro in the process of European integrations.
The Supreme State Prosecutor has made his collocutor familiar with the results which the state prosecution organisation achieved and  the plans for the forthcoming period.


21 July 2016 – News: Explosion in “Tara“ factory in Mojkovac caused by human factor

The results of the forensic examination in the case of the explosion in the munitions factory “Tara“ in Mojkovac have been delivered to the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje. Forensic examination was conducted at the National Criminalistic-Technical Center – specialised laboratory for physicio-chemical forensic examinations and forensic examinations of explosion cause in Belgrade, and the results indicate that human factor is the main cause of the explosion in “Tara“ factory. That has been announced at today's media conference organised on the premises of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje, said the head of that office, Mirko Bulatović. The results of the forensic examination indicate that materials and the containers having been handled by the worker S.Ć. had been used in accordance with the Guidelines on Safety and Security at Work, and that the clothes made of synthetic fibres the worker had been wearing led to the accumulation of electricity which initiated the explosion when one person died and seven persons were injured.

The head of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje has pointed out that, as soon as the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje was informed about the explosion which occurred on 5 July 2015, the state prosecutor Katarina Kljajević formed a team which consisted of one criminal technician of the Security Centre of Bijelo Polje, one fire and explosive substances protection inspector of SC Bijelo Polje and one inspector of the Directorate of Emergency Services, who udertook actions pursuant to the law from the start.

Also, it was said at the conference that the available evidence indicates that there is no reasonable suspicion that any person committed a criminal offence prosecuted ex officio. However, the Labour Inspection and Inspection for Protection at Work have issued decisions based on the omissions found, ordering to repair them and submitted misdemeanour complaints against responsible persons and the legal person in accordance with its legal powers.


11 July 2016 – News: Supreme State Prosecutor spoke at the conference on application of the institution of plea bargaining agreement and the institution of postponed criminal prosecution

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has made an opening statement at today's Conference on the topic of “Application of the institution of plea bargaining agreement and the institution of postponed criminal prosecution in practice of the judicial authorities in Montenegro“. The Conference has been organized within the project “Strengthening investigative capacities in Montenegro – use of negotiation mechanisms  for efficient investigation“ by the Centre for Monitoring and Research (CeMi) with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

In his statement, the Supreme State Prosecutor has said, among other things, that the basic ratio legis of the application of the institution of plea bargaining agreement and the institution of postponed  criminal prosecution is prompt termination of criminal proceedings and reduction of expenses while taking into account that interests of legality and fairness are not jeopardized. The Supreme State Prosecutor pointed out that concluding an agreement on the admission of guilt with the accused does not mean that he/she cannot be under a parallel financial investigation. On the contrary, the Prosecution Office can conclude a plea agreement, and at the same time conduct financial investigations which might result in confiscation of property, the Supreme State Prosecutor emphasized.

On the first Conference panel, the Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić, spoke about the experiences of the Special State Prosecutor's Office in applying the institutions of plea bargaining agreement and postponed criminal prosecution, while the head of the High State Prosecutor's Office, Vesna Jovićević, and the head of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, Ljiljana Klikovac spoke on the second panel about the same topic with regard to the experiences in their offices.

Read the full text of the Supreme State Prosecutor's opening statement 


6 July 2016 – NEWS: Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić on working visit to the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection in Berlin

The Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić and his associates are paying a working visit to the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.

During the visit, the Chief Special Prosecutor has met with the Prosecutor General Ralf Rother,  senior public prosecutor Thorsten Cloidt, and public prosecutor, Katja Anders. They exchanged the experiences in the work of the prosecutor's offices in the two countries. Other planned meetings will be held in the continuation of the visit.

The visit of the Chief Special Prosecutor to Berlin has been organised by the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation – IRZ.


6 July 2016 – News

On 19 April 2016, the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica submitted a bill of indictment to the Basic Court in Podgorica against 25 officers of the Police Department D.V., D.J, A.T., D.D., V.Ć., Z.B., R.J., D.B., S.J., M.B., M.M., M.M., M.V., R.O., M.V., M.P., M.P., B.B., S.Ć., Ž.O., Lj.G., M.Š., D.Ž., V.R. and N.B., for the criminal offence of unconscientious performance of office. The main hearing has been scheduled for 11 July 2016.


30 June 2016 – News

Special prosecutors appointed at the Special State Prosecutor's Office, Sanja Jovićević and Saša Čađenović, have taken an oath of office before the President and members of the Prosecutorial Council in the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office. The President of the Prosecutorial Council Ivica Stanković congratulated the prosecutors of the Special State Prosecutor's Office on their appointment for which the candidates were exclusively recommended on the basis of their knowledge and professional capacity.


30 June 2016 – News: State prosecutors attended public relations training courses

For the purpose of improving public relations, representatives of the State Prosecution Office have participated in the training programme organised in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Centre for Training in the Judiciary and the State Prosecution Office.

Within the previous three months, more than thirty representatives of the State Prosecution Office attended the two basic training courses, whilst fifteen representatives attended the advanced training. It was an opportunity for the state prosecutors, being aware of the significance of public relations, to become trained for public appearances, in order that the State Prosecution Office can show in the forthcoming period as well, that openness of the institution is one of the priorities in work. Training courses are only a part of the project within which two documents were developed last year, the Public Relations Strategy and the Guide to Criminal Procedure and Communication Skills Development. The fact that each prosecutor's office has its own prosecutor spokesperson is a novelty, thus the media and the interested public  have a contact person at each prosecutor's office.

In the following period, also, the State Prosecution Office will continue with the activities which will contribute to greater openness of the institution.


22 June 2016 – News: Supreme State Prosecutor's Office will deal with possible malversations of employers committed to the detriment of employees 

The state prosecutor at the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office Veselin Vučković and the Chief of the Cabinet of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office Tanja Božović have met with the Secretary General of the Montenegrin Employers Federation Srđa Keković in the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office.  

Among other things, signing blank mutual agreements on termination of employment and also, other malversations of employers, which are committed to the detriment of employees,  were discussed at the meeting. They pointed out at the duty to inform regularly the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office of any knowledge of the existence of criminal offences prosecuted ex officio.

The Supreme State Prosecutor's Office will conduct the necessary checks through the mechanisms of internal audit and control, and, if necessary, give the competent prosecution offices instructions for proceeding.


16 June 2016 – News

In the continuation of the session of the Prosecutorial Council presided by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, inter alia, a decision has been made on the election of two special prosecutors. Sanja Jovićević, who has exercised so far now her office of the state prosecutor at the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica and Saša Čađenović, who, as a state prosecutor at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, was reassigned to work in the Special State Prosecutor's Office, have been elected as special prosecutors.


9 June 2016 – News

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council presided by the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office Ivica Stanković, inter alia, a decision was made on voluntary reassignment of the state prosecutor from the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Berane to the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje, the information about the implementation of the Prosecutorial Council's decision regarding the IBM Case Management System implementation was approved, as well as the report of the Commission for the Code of Ethics for State Prosecutors. In addition, the Prosecutorial Council discussed the Rules on Manner and Criteria for Meeting State Prosecutors' Housing Needs and established the Commission on Budget Issues.

At the session, interviews with the candidates for special prosecutors at the Special State Prosecutor's Office were conducted as well.

The Prosecutorial Council will continue its work on Thursday, 16 June 2016, at 12h.


8 June 2016 – News: Teams of prosecutors working on solving criminal offences committed in Kotor  formed at the High State Prosecutor's Office

With regard to the criminal offences which were committed in the territory of the municipality of Kotor within the previous period, the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica has organised the conference for media in the premises of the Prosecutorial Council in order to make the public familiar with the activities undertaken.

The head Vesna Jovićević has pointed out that a team of state prosecutors was formed in the High State Prosecutor's Office, which has undertaken numerous activities for the purpose of obtaining and ensuring substantive evidence, as well as ensuring personal evidence in the form of examination of great number of witnesses who have made detailed and clear statement about the specific incidents.

The state prosecutors at the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, Miloš Šoškić and Tatjana Begović, have also talked about the specific cases at today's conference. As members of the stated team, they followed and directed the course of the preliminary investigation in these cases by acting and taking official actions, as well as in the cases which fall within the competence of lower state prosecutor's offices, especially of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor.

After it was found that there are grounds for suspicion that the state criminal offences had been committed by members of a criminal organisation, the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica served all the case files to the Special State Prosecutor's Office for further proceeding and continued undertaking urgent investigative and evidentiary activities, the head Jovićević pointed out. She also said that during the two-month period of work on these cases, the Prosecutor's Office had good cooperation with the Police Directorate, which resulted in the quality of obtained evidence.


6 June 2016 – News

The High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica has served the case files opened in relation to the events in Budva and Kotor to the Special State Prosecutor's Office. It has been done after the team of state prosecutors of the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, formed by the head Vesna Jovićević, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior – the Police Directorate of Montenegro, and in line with its statutory powers, conducted preliminary investigative activities during which the evidence was obtained indicating the existence of grounds for suspicion that certain persons had individually committed several criminal offences against life and body, unlawful possession of weapons and explosive substances, endangering safety of citizens, abuse of office and other criminal offences prosecuted ex officio, which, as indicated by obtained data, have been assessed by this prosecutor's office as the result of organized crime. The High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica will proceed with its work in these cases by undertaking all prompt investigative activities until the Special State Prosecutor's Office renders the decision.     


3 June 2016 – News: Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has made an opening speech at the meeting on attacks on journalists

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković had an opening speech at the meeting in Ramada Hotel in Podgorica, which was organized by a non-governmental organization Action for Human Rights, and titled 'Towards the Rule of Law and Freedom of Expression: How to ensure punishment for attacks on journalists, how to prevent such attacks and provide a legal framework favourable for investigative journalism?'

On that occasion, Stanković said that without freedom of expression there can be no rule of law. At the same time,  he also noted that there can be no rule of law without accountability for expression either, and that is precisely the responsibility towards fundamental social values which are protected by the criminal justice system. The Supreme State Prosecutor emphasised that both the state and the media guarantee the public's right to know. The Supreme State Prosecutor reminded the public of the State Prosecutor's Office 2015 Performance Report which shows best the progress achieved in cooperating with media and of the research conducted by a non-governmental organisation the Center for Democratic Transition (CDT), which showed that the State Prosecution Office  is the most transparent institution in Montenegro. That data is particularly significant if you consider the fact that, in 2014, just a year earlier, the State Prosecution Office  was the most closed institution in the country.

Read the full text


2 June 2016 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has talked with the Interior Minister Goran Danilović in the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office.

The Supreme State Prosecutor congratulated the Minister on his appointment and pointed out that mutual cooperation will be successful in the forthcoming period as well, and based on mutual trust and support.

The Interior Minister stated that the contribution that the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office made in the field of the rule of law is obvious.  It was concluded at the meeting that the Prosecution Office and the Police must function as a team and that it is the best way to achieve results in the fight against organized crime and high-level corruption.


2 June 2016 - News

The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica has issued a decision on holding D.Š. and M.V. for up to 72 hours for a reasonable suspicion that they, as responsible persons in the business organisation from Podgorica, committed the continuing criminal offence of evasion of taxes and contributions, and thereby inflicted damage to the state budget in the amount of almost half a million euros. There is a reasonable suspicion that the suspects, within the period from May 2013 to the beginning of the year 2015, were concealing true and provided false data on facts that are used for assessment of tax liabilities, by issuing false invoices and not reporting the turnover of a legal entity. While acting in the stated manner, D.S. and M.V. are suspected of tax evasion in the amount of around 450.000,00 euros. 


1 June 2016 – News

On 13 April 2016, the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Herceg-Novi  brought a bill of indictment against J.I. to the Basic Court in Herceg Novi, for the criminal offence of unlawful sexual act. The main hearing has been scheduled for 25 August 2016.


1 June 2016 – News: Bill of indictment brought against the Commander of the Special Anti- Terrorist Unit

The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica has brought a bill of indictment against the Commander of the Special Anti-Terrorist Unit, R.LJ. for a reasonable suspicion that he had committed the criminal offence of assistance to perpetrator after the commission of a criminal offence.

There is a well-founded suspicion that the Commander assisted the members of the Special Anti-Terrorist Unit in staying unidentified, although irrefutable evidence in the preliminary investigation in several cases has proved that, on 24 October 2015 they unlawfully applied force against specific citizens.

The above has been announced, inter alia, at the conference for media organized by the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica in the premises of the Prosecutorial Council. On that occasion, the head of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, Ljiljana Klikovac, the state prosecutor and prosecutor's spokesperson of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, Danka Ivanović Đerić, as well as the state prosecutor at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, Miroslav Turković, addressed the journalists.

Speaking of the incident in the Parliament of Montenegro which occurred on 13 May 2016 , the state prosecutor Miroslav Turković has informed the public that, in this specific case, neither elements of criminal offence prosecuted ex officio nor misdemeanours were found. It has been found that on that occasion, the work of the Parliament, which had been prescribed by the Rules of Procedure of this institution, was being disrupted.

At today's conference, the head of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica has made the journalists familiar with the performance results of that Office for the previous year.


27 May 2016 – News

Upon the order of the prosecutor on duty at the Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Nikšić, authorized officers of the Police Directorate – Security Center Nikšić, have deprived of liberty R.N. from Nikšić, this morning, on a reasonable suspicion of having committed the continuous criminal offence of usury, in Nikšić, during the 2014, 2015 and 2016. Namely, there is a reasonable suspicion that the suspect R.N. had given money on loan on several occasions to the injured party G.V., within the given time period, and in so doing stipulated a disproportionate material benefit.

The suspect R.N. was brought before the state prosecutor on duty who, after interrogation, ordered  him/her holding for up to 72 hours.


21 May 2016 – News

Upon a motion of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, the Basic Court in Podgorica has ordered detention of up to 30 days for two persons R.P. and S.K., for the existence of a reasonable suspicion that they had committed three criminal offences within a short period of time.

The two persons involved are reasonably suspected of having committed the criminal offence of ill-treatment to the detriment of a Romani juvenile. It has been established during the procedure that the same persons had committed two criminal offences more in the previous period, the offence of ill-treatment and the offence of violent behaviour. The criminal offence of violent behaviour had been committed to the detriment of a foreign citizen.

The detention was ordered because of a danger that giving freedom to R.P. and S.K. will enable them to obstruct the proceedings by influencing witnesses and to repeat the criminal offence.


20 May 2016 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor's Office Ivica Stanković and the Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić met, in the premises of the Prosecution Office, with US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Hoyt Brian Yee.

The Supreme State Prosecutor's Office made Mr.Yee familiar with the results achieved by the Prosecution Office in the fight against organized crime and high-level corruption, as well as with establishment of the Police Division for the fight against organized crime which will act upon the orders of the Special State Prosecutor's Office. The Supreme State Prosecutor noted that actions of the Prosecution Office are directed at the seizure of unlawfully obtained property gain and that, to this end, institutes of plea bargaining agreements and cooperative witnesses are being successfully implemented.     

The Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić made the collocutor acquainted with the results of the Special State Prosecutor's Office from its establishment until today, with concrete activities that the Special State Prosecutor's Office undertakes in the fight against organized crime and high-level corruption, efficient implementation of plea bargaining agreements whereby, in less than a year, more than 20 million euros were returned to the state's budget on the basis of final judgements.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary Hoyt Brian Yee congratulated the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and the Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić on impressive results that the prosecution office had achieved for a very short time, pointing out that the result of the prosecution office significantly contributed to the rule of law in Montenegro and extending NATO's membership invitation to Montenegro.


25 May 2016 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković talked in the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office with the US Ambassador in Podgorica, Margaret Ann Uyehara, who congratulated Stanković on achieved results in the previous period.

The Ambassador pointed out that it is precisely the State Prosecution Office that contributed to the improvement of the rule of law in Montenegro, to a significant extent, since the progress in the fight against organized crime and high-level corruption is obvious.

The discussion topic was also concluding agreements on the admission of guilt (plea bargaining agreements). Uyehara commended the fact that this institute is being implemented in Montenegro, as well as other institutes which are also used in the US legal system.

The Supreme State Prosecutor expressed his gratitude for a continuing support provided by the US Embassy, and while doing so he emphasized the significance of IT equipment being used by the Prosecution Office thanking precisely to the US Embassy. Thereby, the net safety and the exchange of information between the State Prosecution Office and competent ministries have been enhanced.

In the course of the meeting, the Supreme State Prosecutor was also informed that the State Prosecution Office can count on the US Embassy's support in the future.

The Resident Legal Advisor at the US Embassy in Podgorica, Erik Larson, attended the meeting, as well.


23 May 2016 – News

A prosecutor on duty of the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica has issued an order for initiation of investigation against the accused E.H, B.H., H.H. and Š.D. for the existence of a reasonable suspicion that they had committed the criminal offence of assault and robbery, qualified as death, to the detriment of A.B. The investigative judge of the High Court in Podgorica examined the accused, in the presence of the state prosecutor, and thereafter upon the motion the state prosecutor, he/she issued a decision on detention of up to 30 days. Upon the order of the prosecutor on duty, officers of the Police Directorate deprived the accused persons of liberty on the same day the body of A.B. was found and after questioning the prosecutor on duty ordered holding for up to 72 hours. 


18 May 2016 – Announcement

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and the Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić will meet, on Thursday 19 May 2016, with the delegation of the European Parliament headed by an envoy Anneliese Dodds, a co-chair of the meetings of the parliamentary board for stabilization and accession. The meeting wil be held in Villa “Gorica“ starting at 14:30.

After the meeting the statement will be released to the public. 


17 May 2016 – Joint announcement of the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Interior – POLICE DIRECTORATE: Stanković, Katnić and Stojanović have paid a visit to the premises of the Police Division

On the occasion of the establisment of the Police Division the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office Ivica Stanković and the Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić, along with the head of the Police Directorate of the Ministry of Interior, Slavko Stojanović, assistant director of the Police Directorate Milovan Pavićević and the head of the Police Division Dragan Radonjić, have paid a visit to the premises that will be used by police officers engaged in this Division.

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13 May 2016 – News

On the occasion  of the incident in the Parliament of Montenegro, the Supreme State  Prosecutor Ivica Stankovic has requested the head of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica to establish whether there are elements of a criminal offence prosecuted ex officio or a misdemeanour. Also, the Supreme State Prosecutor requested that he should be promptly informed about all activities undertaken.


12 May 2016- News

After the police officers had notified a prosecutor on duty at the Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica on 11 May 2016 of the charge filed by B.R. against the group of citizens for distrurbance of his family, the prosecutor issued binding order to the police to collect necessary information. A CD of video record has also been requested, as well as entire files for assessment. The prosecutor has made no reference on existence of elements of any criminal offence, which is prosecuted ex officio. 


11 May 2016 – News

The High State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica has initiated the procedure of preliminary investigation on the occasion of disappearance of the leven-year-old boy, Ognjen Rakočević, who left his parents' house and walked away in an unknown direction around 2 a.m. on 4 May 2016.

Upon the order of a state prosecutor on duty, certain preliminary investigation activities have been undertaken for the purpose of establishing all relevant facts and circumstances under which the disappearance occurred.


11 May 2016 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has hosted the meeting with representatives of the media in Montenegro. The meeting, which was attended by the Chief Special Prosecutor, Milivoje Katnić, the head of the High State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica, Vesna Jovićević, and the head of the Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica, Ljiljana Klikovac, was organized with the aim of improving cooperation with the media.

The Supreme State Prosecutor has stressed that, in the previous period, the Prosecution Office made endeavours to improve the relations with the media to the best possible extent. This is confirmed by increased presence of prosecutors in the media, i.e. their numerous statements and interviews. In addition, pursuant to the Guidelines for Media Relations, which has been applied since 1 January 2016, journalists may address a specific person at each prosecutor’s office, since prosecutor’s spokespersons have been appointed at each of the prosecutor’s offices. Contact information is available on the state prosecutor’s office website.

The media representatives praised the evident progress achieved in communication with the media. At the same time, they also expressed specific criticism, which was the cause for meeting to find solutions that would result in even better cooperation.      


6 May 2016 – News

The U.S. Embassy in Podgorica has donated to the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office the Active Network equipment to the value of 42.582,00€.

By installing this network equipment, secure electronic channels (IPsec VPN) have been established between the prosecutor's offices, as well as between:

1.The State Prosecutor's Office and the Ministry of Justice for purposes of “LURIS“ Information System - International legal assistance,

2. The State Prosecutor's Office and the Ministry for Information Society and Telecommunications for purposes of establishing prosecutor's office information system – IBM Case Management system and,

3. The Special State Prosecutor's Office and the Ministry of Interior for secure e-mail exchange and access to databases of the Ministry of Interior.

The stated activities represent the basis for establishment of the information system in the State Prosecutor's Office, the implementation of which is planned to be in May 2016, as well as for the implementation of measures referred to in Action Plan for Chapters 23 and 24, regarding secure electronic communication, exchange of data, access to databases of other bodies and institutions.


5 May 2016 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor's Office and the Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) have provided, through the Initiative for Transparent State Prosecution, 18 boxes for complaints and applications of citizens and 8 digital notice-boards which have been placed inside the premises of the state prosecutor's offices and the Prosecutorial Council.

Providing the equipment and boxes for complaints represents one more step towards enhancing transparency of prosecutor's offices and their communication with citizens.

The equipment for prosecutor's offices has been ensured within the project “Initiative for Transparent State Prosecution“.

The Supreme State Prosecutor's Office and CDT, have realized a number of activities, through the Memorandum on Cooperation, for improvement of publicity of work and availability of information concerning the performance of the prosecution office after the model of national and international standards and practices.

Also, in the forthcoming period, the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office and CDT will continue to launch similar initiatives, to implement positive experiences, good practices and international standards which regulate the relationship between the Prosecution Office and the public.


28 April 2016 – News

Upon the order of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor, officers of the Police Directorate have removed today, in the presence of an expert witness for digital evidence, 11 cameras positioned in public areas in Kotor. The competent prosecutor has issued an order for forensic examination of the removed cameras. Apart from the removed cameras, there have been 10 more cameras positioned in different locations in Kotor, which the Agency for the protection of personal data will be notified of. 


27 April 2016 – News

After examination, the investigative judge of the Basic Court in Kotor rendered a ruling ordering detention of up to 30 days against three persons who, in the night between 24 and 25 April 2016, tried to remove cameras from different locations in Kotor. The 72-hour holding time of those persons, which was ordered by the attending prosecutor of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor after their deprivation of liberty, has expired today.

In the course of the proceedings, so far, the Prosecutor's Office has ordered the Police Directorate to undertake all activities, within the competences thereof, with the aim of establishing identity of persons who positioned the cameras on 21 locations in Kotor. 


26  April 2016 – News

Acting upon a bill of indictment of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, the Basic Court in Podgorica has pronounced six persons guilty of the criminal offences – violent behaviour and serious bodily injury. The defendants were imposed imprisonment sentences, as follows:

the defendant D.B., sentenced to three years and six months in prison

the defendant A.B., sentenced to nine months in prison

the defendants V.S, B.P., M.Š. and R.S. sentenced to one year and nine months in prison.

The defendants were accused that on 8 July 2012, at the entrance to the town swimming pool SC “Morača“ Podgorica, they had disturbed public law and order by their conduct, in a way that they had tried to enter the pool without having the tickets. When the employees tried to prevent them from their intention, the defendants attacked them physically and thereby inflicted heavy bodily injuries to them.


25 April 2016 – News

After examination, an attending prosecutor of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor issued a decision on 72-hour holding of three persons who tried to remove the cameras from different locations in the town yesterday. Upon the order of the prosecutor's office, in the previous days, the police secured the places in Kotor where the cameras had been positioned.

The police had found 18 cameras in different locations in Kotor. In eight cases it was established who had positioned the cameras, whilst other cameras are being established who they belong to.


25 April 2016 – News

Acting upon the order of the Supreme State Prosecutor, the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor in co-operation with the Police Directorate has found 18 cameras in different locations in Kotor. In eight cases it has been established who had positioned the cameras, whilst other cameras are being established who they belong to.   

Upon the order of the prosecutor's office, in the previous days the police secured the places in Kotor where the cameras had been positioned. These activities resulted in the deprivation of liberty of three persons who tried to remove the cameras last night.

The stated persons have been apprehended and will be examined during the day by an attending prosecutor.


23 April 2016 – News

Regarding media allegations about cameras positioned in several different places in the municipality of Kotor, the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković  has requested from the head of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor to undertake all the necessary activities so as to establish whether a criminal offence prosecuted by virtue of office was committed in the case in question.


13 April 2016 – News

On the basis of the Plea Bargaining Agreement concluded between the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Berane and the accused person S.D. from Berane, the Basic Court in Berane has rendered a decision pronouncing the accused S.D. guilty for the criminal offence – causing general danger in concurrence with the criminal offence – unlawful possession of weapons and explosive substances. The Basic Court in Berane has sentenced the accused S.D. to a cumulative prison term of five months.


11 April 2016 - Announcement regarding the daily „Dnevne novine“ false allegations

For the purpose of providing objective information, the High State Prosecutor's Office hereby notifies the public that allegations published in the daily ''Dnevne novine'' on 11 April 2016, under the headline „In search of a murderer, the police has found an arsenal of weapons'', are not true.

An exclusive detail in the text of the apprehension of two persons, immediately after a murder of S.V. on 9 April 2016 in Kotor, suggested that the police had been quarrelling for hours with a state prosecutor Tatjana Begović and that the open conflict and quarrelling between the police and the state prosecutor caused the release of the two persons whom the police had connected with the arsenal of weapons seized in the vicinity of „the Vukotić house“.

Contrary to the claims released, a state prosecutor Tatjana Begović acted in this case professionally, expertly and responsibly, and as an acting prosecutor on the occasion of the murder of S.V., she gave clear instructions and orders, in all segments as well as on the occasion of the seizure of weapons, to the police officers of the Security Division and the Security Center Podgorica, what, contrary to the allegations in the text, resulted in assuming criminal prosecution against those suspects.

The published allegations on quarrelling and conflict between a state prosecutor and the police are extremely tendentious since, in contrast to allegations made, the communication between the prosecutor on duty and authorized police officers was extremely professional.


8 April 2016 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor, Ivica Stanković, has made an opening statement at today's conference „Openness of the Prosecutor's Office: Between the confidentiality of the proceedings and the public's right to know“, organized by the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office in cooperation with Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the non-governmental organization Center for Democratic Transition (CDT). The Supreme State Prosecutor has specifically emphasized, in his presentation, that the state prosecution office made significant steps to improve cooperation with the media and an overall public, the best proof of which is the fact that the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office in cooperation with partners from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the non-governmental organization Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) adopted an important strategic document  - the Communication Strategy, in December last year. In the opening part of the conference, US Ambassador to Montenegro, Margaret Ann Uyehara, and Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission in Montenegro, Dan Redford, also spoke at the conference. On the first conference panel, the Chief Special Prosecutor, Milivoje Katnić, spoke on the importance of creating balance between protection of criminal proceedings' interest and the public's right to know, in which process he specifically pointed out the significance of launching an initiative to amend the Law on Special State Prosecutor's Office which will define the act of disclosure of information obtained during investigations as a criminal offence. Besides the Chief Special Prosecutor, there were also a lawyer, Nikola Martinović, editor-in-chief of Pobjeda daily, Draško Đuranović, and editor-in-chief of Vijesti daily, Mihailo Jovović, who also took part in the panel discussion. In the continuation of the conference, an advisor for public relations at the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, Dragana Unković Maljević, a Coordinator of the Rule of Law programme of NGO Civic Alliance, Zoran Vujičić and a coordinator of the programme the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, Slobodan Georgijev, discussed the topic of openness, as well.


5 April 2016 – News

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council, which has been presided by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, inter alia, the Annual Report on Work of the Prosecutorial Council and the State Prosecution Office for the year 2015, has been adopted. After consideration, the Integrity Plan of the Prosecutorial Council and the Secretariat of the Prosecutorial Council was adopted, as well as the Guidelines for Conducting Interviews.

The topics of the session were also certain complaints about the work of state prosecutors.


28 March 2016 – News

Acting upon the bill of indictment of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, the Basic Court in Podgorica has declared V.B. guilty of the criminal offence of violation of confidentiality of procedure. The accused V.B. has been sentenced, with the first instance decision, to pay a fine in the amount of €3.000,00.


25 March 2016 - Opening statement of the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stankovic at the Regional Round Table "Fighting Impunity for War Crimes" Ramada Podgorica hotel

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24 March 2016 – News

The High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica has lodged an appeal against the ruling of the High Court in Podgorica, which a judge thereof rendered rejecting the bill of indictment of the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica as of 7 March 2016, submitted against the accused S.R. and A.M. for the criminal offence of calling for violent change of constitutional order, since the judge found that there is no sufficient evidence supporting a reasonable suspicion that the accused had committed the criminal offence they were charged with. As the High Prosecutor's Office has found, the judge made this conclusion according to erroneously established facts and completely and erroneously interpreted evidence while deciding on the motion to indict ''in the summary proceedings'', and thereby at the main hearing open to the public, prevented presentation of evidence proposed by the prosecution, and only afterwards, with universal and valid legal qualification of all presented evidence and examination of the case circumstances a decision on the merits could have been rendered.


16 March 2016 - News

On 15 March 2016, upon the order of a prosecutor on duty of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Nikšić, authorized officers of the Police Department – Security Center Nikšić have deprived of liberty D.D. from Nikšć, due to the existence of a reasonable suspicion that he/she together with A.A. from Nikšić, committed the criminal offence of assault and robbery. There is a reasonable suspicion that the suspects D.D. and A.A., entered the shop 'Anika' in Nikšić on 26 January 2016, upon a previous arrangement, and by use of force and threat with a gun against a worker located in the shop, took away the whole amount of money which was in the cash register of around €150,00.

The suspect D.D. was brought before the prosecutor on duty who, after interrogation, ordered a decision on detention for up to 72 hours. The suspect A.A. is not available for now and will be brought before the prosecutor on duty after being deprived of liberty by  authorized officers of Police Department – Security Center Nikšić.


16 March 2016 – News

Upon the order of the prosecutor on duty of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Nikšić, on 15 March 2016, authorized officers of the Police Department – Security Center Nikšić have deprived of liberty R.N. from Nikšić, due to the existence of a reasonable suspicion that he/she committed the criminal offence of usury, in Nikšić, within the time period from the month of May 2015 to the unspecified day in March 2016. There's a reasonable suspicion that the suspect R.N., within the given time period, gave money on loan on several occasions to the injured party K.D., and thus stipulated a disproportionate material benefit. The suspect R.N. was brought before the state prosecutor who, after interrogation, ordered  him/her holding for up to 72 hours.


9 March 2016 – News

Upon the order of the prosecutor on duty, the Police Directorate – Security Division Rožaje has filed a criminal charge against S.B. from Rožaje for the existence of a reasonable suspicion that the criminal offence of killing a child at birth, which is prosecuted ex officio, has been committed. The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Rožaje created the case files and examined S.B. person regarding all the circumstances of the reported events. After hearing, the prosecutor on duty issued a decision on holding and a decision on determining health examination. 


8 March 2016 – News

In the early hours, in Kotor, six persons unidentified so far, have caused a fire hazard to the property of a legal entity LLC 'Secondo Porto' within which a discotheque 'Maximus' operates. By using a convenient means, four persons entered the interior of the discotheque 'Maximus' and committed arson. In front of the discotheque, other two persons using a gun prevented the person in charge of guarding the object, from acting. The fire resulted in the property damage of an undetermined amount for now. Upon the order of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor, the preliminary investigation  was conducted by officers of the Police Directorate - Security Division in Kotor, in cooperation with the Police Directorate team for preliminary investigation of the Forensic Centre in Danilovgrad and with an expert witness who came on the scene upon the order of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor. The prosecutor on duty delivered an order to the Police to undertake concrete activities within its competences, for the purpose of identifying perpetrators of the underlying offences which are, for the time being, legally qualified as the criminal offence of causing general danger and the criminal offence of unlawful possession of weapons and explosive substances.


7  March 2016 – News

The judgement of the Basic Court in Bijelo Polje as of 11 February 2016, has been delivered to the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje, pronouncing the following persons guilty:

-  the accused G.Š., for the criminal offence of abuse of office. The accused was imposed a six-month suspended prison sentence, and at the same time, it was stipulated that the sanction shall not be enforced unless the accused commits a new criminal offence within the time period of 2 years after the date the judgement becomes legally–binding.

 - the accused S.D., S.A. and D.T. for the criminal offence of enabling escape of a person placed under arrest. The accused were imposed a three-month suspended prison sentence and at the same time, it was stipulated that the sentence shall not be enforced unless the accused persons commit a new criminal offence within the time period of 2 years after the date the judgement becomes legally-binding.

The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje has filed an appeal to the Basic Court in Bijelo Polje against the stated judgement, owing to the decision on criminal sanction.


7 March 2016 – News

The High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica has submitted a bill of indictment to the High Court in Podgorica against S.R. and A.M. for the criminal offence of calling for a violent change of constitutional order.

According to the charges, on 24 October 2015, during the public protest in front of the building of the Parliament of Montenegro, with the aim to endanger the constitutional order, the accused persons were calling for a forced change of constitutional order of Montenegro, deposing of the highest state bodies and representatives thereof.


2 March 2016 –News

In the continuation of the session of the Prosecutorial Council, in accordance with the Law on State Prosecutor's Office, two commissions have been set up: the Commission for Assessment and the Commission for Testing of state prosecutors and heads of prosecutor's offices and also, the Rules on Anonymization of Decisions of the Prosecutorial Council have been adopted.

Current affairs related to the state prosecution were also discussed at the session. Regarding that, the Prosecutorial Council fully supported activities that the state prosecution undertakes in the fight against corruption and organized crime. 


29 February 2016 – News

The State Prosecution Office will not get into the controversy with the management of the Police Directorate, but during its operation, it will adhere to the statutory regulations according to which the Prosecution Office is defined as an institution which conducts the preliminary investigation and the investigation process. We remind that according to the legislation of Montenegro the Police acts on the order of the Prosecution Office. The Law also prescribes that the Prosecution Office presents gathered evidence before the Court, not to the management of the Police Directorate. We remind that the protection of each citizen of Montenegro who has not violated any regulation, regardless the profession thereof, is ensured exclusively by the Constitution and law. Perpetrators of a criminal offence cannot be, and must not be, protected by any branch of the government, therefore, the protection against actions of the Prosecution Office either should not be sought from the legislative, executive or judicial power.

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26 February 2016 – News

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council, presided by the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office Ivica Stanković, inter alia, the Financial Report of a spending unit the Prosecution Office for the year 2015 has been adopted. The Prosecutorial Council designated the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Cetinje as the pilot state prosecutor's office in which the appraisal procedure of state prosecutors and heads of state prosecutors will be conducted in accordance with the Law on State Prosecutor's Office, and 14 mentors from among the state prosecutors of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, who fulfill the necessary requirements, were assigned.

Also, at the session, the plan of classification designation in the Secretariat of the Prosecutorial Council was adopted, as well as a decision on termination of office of Cmiljana Perović – a state prosecutor at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje was rendered, on the basis of an old-age pension requirements met.

The Prosecutorial Council will proceed with its work on Wednesday 2 March 2016, at 1 p.m.


22 February 2016 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has met, today, on the premises of the Prosecution Office, with the President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio.

The Supreme State Prosecutor made his collocutor acquainted  with the structure and organization of the State Prosecution Office, establishment of the Secretariat of the Prosecutorial Council and the Special State Prosecutor's Office which has, for a short period of time, achieved concrete results in the fight against organized crime and high-level corruption.

They jointly concluded that working conditions in the State Prosecution Office should be much better, having in mind institutional novelties arising out of the Law on State Prosecution Office.


20 February 2016 – News

The case against V.M. who was deprived of liberty on 19 February 2016 was transferred yesterday from the Special State Prosecutor's Office to the jurisdiction of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica. The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica submitted a proposal to the Basic Court in Podgorica for ordering detention against V.M. for the existence of suspicion that he/she had committed the criminal offence of fraud. Upon the proposal for ordering detention, the investigative judge interrogated the suspect in the presence of the state prosecutor in the premises of the Clinical Center of Montenegro, whereupon he rendered a decision ordering detention for up to 30 days.


19 February 2016 – News

Today, the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has talked with the Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, the Ambassador Janina Hrebickova.

They have reached the joint statement that the cooperation of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office and the OSCE Mission to Montenegro was continuing and successful in the previous period, and that there is still room for increasing cooperation through new projects implementation.

The meeting with Hrebnickova was an opportunity for the Supreme State Prosecutor to  make the Ambassador acquainted with the application of certain institutes of criminal procedure law in the field of organized crime and high-level corruption, with achieved results, as well as the obvious improvement as regards the transparency of work of the State Prosecution Office.

The Supreme State Prosecutor thanked the Ambassador for the support and technical and professional assistance provided by the Mission to the Prosecution Office.   


12 February 2016 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and the Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić have talked today in the premises of the Prosecutor's Office with the State Department official, Alina Romanovski. The US Ambassador in Podgorica  Margaret Ann Uyehara attended the meeting as well. The discussion topics were the US Government's support  to the Prosecution Office, joint projects, as well as ideas for future projects.

The Supreme State Prosecutor made the guests acquainted with the work of the Prosecution Office, achieved results, and also with challenges that the Office is tackling. He noted that the main emphasis is on the fight against organized crime and high-level corruption and in this context he pointed out the application of the institute of plea agreement originating from the US legal system which experiences its full recognition in Montenegro through the operation of the Special State Prosecutor's Office.  

The State Department official Mrs. Romanovski congratulated the Supreme State Prosecutor and the Chief Special Prosecutor on visible progress that the Prosecution Office achieves in fight against crime.

The interlocutors expressed their satisfaction over the extremely successful cooperation between the Prosecution Office and the US Embassy in Podorica, hoping for its continuation in the future.


5 February 2016 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor, Ivica Stanković, has talked with the Acting Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Unted Kingdom, Frank Ferguson, in the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Offic today. The topics of the meeting were organizational structure of the Prosecution Office, employees' performance results and cooperation with other institutions.

The specific aim of the meeting was the support to be provided by the United Kingdom through the exchange of experience in the field of management of state prosecution office and human resources, for the purpose of enhancing the quality of work of the state prosecution office.The Supreme State Prosecutor made his interlocutor acquainted with producing of the Strategic Plan for the progress of the State Prosecution Office and the Prosecutorial Council for the period from 2016 to 2019. The prosecutor Ferguson expressed his readiness to support the Strategic Plan development, especially in the part which refers to enhancing administrative capacities of the State Prosecution Office.

The visit represents the strengthening of already established successful ccoperation between the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office and the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Montenegro.


3 February 2016 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and the Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić have participated  in the“Civic Hour“ organized by the Center for Democratic Transition (CDT), discussing the topic of ''Agreement on Admission of Guilt – an institute for fight against corruption or an instrument of abuse“.

The “Civic Hour“ has been an opportunity to explain advantages of concluding the Agreement on Admisssion of Guilt, its significance in specific cases and tha fact that the final ruling on basis of each concluded agreement is  issued by the court. Also, representatives of media have attended the “Civic Hour“. The attendees have also had a chance to ask the Supreme State Prosecutor and the Chief Special Prosecutor some concrete question concerning the cases the public is interested in, with regard to the specific topic.

The citizens have commended the work of the Prosecution Office and the activities undertaken in the previous period, as well as the intention of having more similar events in the forthcoming period. 


27 January 2016 - News

The Supreme State Prosecutor, Ivica Stanković, and the president of the Managing Board of NGO the Centre for Monitoring and Research CeMi, Zlatko Vujović, have signed the Memorandum on Cooperation between the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office of Montenegro and NGO Centre for Monitoring CeMi, with the aim to formalize the cooperation in implementing the Project „Strengthening investigative capacities in Montenegro – use of negotiation mechanisms  for efficient investigation“, which is carried out with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The specific aim of the Project is to strengthen prosecutors' capacities  for application of the institute of agreement on admission of guilt (plea agreement) and the institute of postponed  criminal prosecution, through the acquisition of new theoretical and practical knowledge of comparative legal systems.

Along with educational activities, which will be directed toward the improvement of knowledge and experience of prosecutors on the implementation of the institute of agreement on admission of guilt and the institute of postponed  criminal prosecution, the Project also includes research activities on previous practice in implementation of the aforementioned Institutes in Montenegro which will be implemented by the team of the lawyers of the Center for Monitoring and Research CeMI.


21 January 2016 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has talked today, in Villa „Gorica“, with representatives of the NGO sector in Montenegro. The meeting has been organized with the aim to promote the cooperation and create the partnership with non-governmental organizations, and it has been attended by the Chief Special Prosecutor, Milivoje Katnić, the head of the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, Vesna Jovićević, and the head of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, Ljiljana Klikovac.

The Supreme State Prosecutor has underlined enhancing independence and autonomy of state prosecutors, as one of the prosecution office's priorities, and stated that the state prosecutors are expected to take a proactive approach at work or to react to all knowledge of the existence of grounds for suspicion that a criminal offence prosecuted by virtue of office has been committed. He has noted that, in this field, a significant progress has been achieved, giving prominence, as an example,  to the work of the Special State Prosecutor's Office and added that there is still room for improvement. The Supreme State Prosecutor has commended the attitude of non-governmental organizations and emphasized that each of their initiatives aimed at initiating proceedings is seriously considered. The meeting has been an opportunity for the NGO sector representatives to get acquainted with the prosecution office's handling specific cases. After the exchange of opinions on activities of the prosecution office in the previous year, the guests of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office stressed that changes in the performance of the prosecution office are obvious, but also indicated the need for reviewing certain decisions.

The representatives of non-governmental organizations have praised the initiative and intention of the State Prosecutor's Office to organize similar meetings in the forthcoming period as well.


15 January 2016 – News

On 14 January 2016 the Parliament of Montenegro delivered a decision to the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica upon the request for approval to prosecute the members of the Parliament A.M. and S.R. On the same day, the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica was delivered  a decision of the Parliament of Montenegro upon the request of that prosecution office for approval to prosecute a member of the Parliament M.K. 


14 January 2016 – News

The state prosecutors who have exercised the office of deputy prosecutors, so far now,  at the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, High State Prosecutor's Offices and Basic State Prosecutors Offices, have taken an oath before the President and members of the Prosecutorial Council, in the old government building in Podgorica. Newly elected state prosecutors, Biljana Medenica at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica and Marko Bojović at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Berane, have taken an oath for the first time.

In the continuation of the text you can read the speech of the President of the Prosecutorial Council, Ivica Stanković, on the occasion of taking the oath of state prosecutors.


14 January 2016 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and his associates  met with the UK Ambassador  to Montenegro Ian Whitting yesterday.

The topic of the discussion was establishing more concrete cooperation between the State Prosecution of Montenegro and Crown Prosecution Service of England and Wales through joint activities in the form of training, exchange of experience and expert assistance.


30 December 2015  News

Upon the order of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje, the Police Directorate - Security Center of Bijelo Polje has filed a criminal charge to the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje, against I.V. from Mojkovac for a criminal offence of escape of arrested person in concurrence with a criminal offence of unlawful keeping of weapons and explosives and a criminal offence of unlawful deprivation of freedom. On 24 December 2015, I.V. escaped from prison in Bijelo Polje while serving a prison sentence.

For the purpose of gathering necessary evidence, the prison officers who were on duty during the escape of I.V., will be examined in the capacity of witnesses, at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje. Upon the order of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje and a judge for investigation of the Basic Court in Bijelo Polje, the Police Directorate – Security Center of Bijelo Polje and Interpol National Center Bureaux in Podgorica have also undertaken other measures and actions.


29 December 2015 – News

At today's session, the Prosecutorial Council has rendered a decision on the election of state prosecutors at Basic State Prosecutor's Offices, High State Prosecutor's Offices and the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, of prosecutors who have been exercising their prosecutor's office so far now.

Biljana Medenica has been elected to fill the vacant position for a state prosecutor at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, whereas Marko Bojović has been elected to fill the vacant position for a state prosecutor at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Berane.


26 December 2015 – News

In the continuation of the session of the Prosecutorial Council, an interview has been conducted with the candidates who have applied to the public announcement for state prosecutors at Basic State Prosecutor's Offices in Podgorica, Bar, Kotor, Ulcinj and Herceg-Novi.

The Prosecutorial Council will hold a session on Tuesday, 29 December 2015,  at 9 a.m.


25 December 2015 – News

In the continuation of the session of the Prosecutorial Council, an interview has been conducted with the candidates who have applied to the public announcement for state prosecutors at the High State Prosecutor's Office in Bijelo Polje, Basic State Prosecutor's Offices in Bijelo Polje, Berane, Pljevlja, Rožaje, Plav, Kolašin and Nikšić.

For the sake of conducting an interview with the remaining candidates, the Prosecutorial Council will hold a session on Saturday 26 December 2015 as well, at 11 a.m.


25 December 2015 – News

On 22 December 2015, the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica submitted a request to the Misdemeanour Court in Podgorica, for initiating a misdemeanour proceedings against Đ.M. for not having stopped a peaceful assembly, while acting as a manager of the peaceful assembly, after an actual threat to safety of peaceful assembly participants and to property had arisen, what was his/her obligation under the Law on Public Assembly.

As alleged in the request, on 24 October 2015, at around 10 p.m., at the Boulevard of Sveti Petar Cetinjski in Podgorica, the accused, as a manager of the peaceful assembly which was  being held in the organization of a political union in front of the building of the Parliament of Montenegro, did not stop the public assembly after a participant of the gathering, S.R., announced over public address system: ''Ten minutes more and we are not taking any responsibility upon ourselves!'', whereupon certain participants of the gathering  put the caps over their heads and protective masks over their faces chanting: ''No more waiting!'', and uncontrollably and aggressively stepped towards the protective fence which separated participants of the gathering from the police officers who were securing the gathering,  pulled it down while throwing fire torches, so-called Molotov cocktails, stones and other things at the police officers and the building of the Parliament of Montenegro, thereby created an actual threat to safety of participants of the peaceful assembly and to property – the building of the Parliament of Montenegro.


24 December 2015 -  Announcement with regard to  false allegations in a daily ''Dan''

For the purpose of providing unbiased information, the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Rožaje informs the public that the allegations under the headline ''Son beaten with a hammer, and mother with a bar'' of a daily ''Dan'' of 23 December 2015, are not true. The allegations from the text saying that, at first, a prosecutor qualified the incident as a criminal offence, but thereupon as a misdemeanour, are false. The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Rožaje has qualified the incident of 19 December 2015 as a criminal offence prosecuted by virtue of office. On the occasion of this incident, a case has been opened in the prosecutor's office, and the proceedings are at the stage of preliminary investigation. In this incident, several persons have been the injured parties. There is a reasonable suspicion that several persons committed a criminal offence prosecuted by virtue of office, whose qualification will be determined after the completion of  the preliminary investigation.

The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Rožaje points out that credible information for media and an overall public, regarding the work of this prosecutor's office, can only be obtained through official communication and on this occasion the office wants to inform the public that its work is based on principles of legality and equality towards everyone, impartially, all of that for the purpose of protection of the Constitution and Law. 


23 December 2015

At the session of the Prosecutorial Council, chaired by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, inter alia, the Plan of vacant prosecutor's positions as well as the adopted Rules for Appraisal of Prosecutors and Heads of State Prosecutor's Offices have been considered, an opinion on the Rulebook on Internal Operation of the State Prosecutor's Office has been rendered  and the Annual Plan of Regular Sessions of the Prosecutorial Council for 2016 has been adopted.

Also, an interview has been conducted at the session, with candidates who applied to the public announcement for state prosecutors at the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica and basic state prosecutor's offices in Herceg-Novi and Cetinje.


17 December 2015 - Announcement regarding the daily Dan and the daily Večernje novosti’s false allegations 

For the purpose of providing unbiased information, the Special State Prosecutor's Office informs the public that the allegations published in the daily “Dan” on 8 December 2015, under the headline “Obradović and Martinović suspect for smuggling drugs” and in the daily ”Večernje novosti” on 10 December 2015 under the headline “Cytostatic drugs smuggled from Italy”, are false.

The Special State Prosecutor’s Office has not, in any case so far today, initiated the preliminary proceedings against Oleg Obradović and Branislav Martinović, or against legal entities “Glosarij” and “Bajfarm”, in relation to illegal procurement and distribution of several kind of drugs, a cytostatic Interferon also among other things, as well as the drugs for Alzheimer and Parkinson’s disease, from the Italian territory in the period from 2011 to 2013.

The case has been opened at the Special State Prosecutor’s Office and the proceedings are at the stage of preliminary investigation, with respect to the grounds for suspicion about the occurrence of illegal procurement and distribution of several kinds of drugs from the Italian territory to Montenegro in the period from 2011 to 2013. 


 

9 December 2015 – News

In the case of releasing a photograph on the daily ''Dan'' front page, which is the content of the audio-video recording of the examination of a cooperative witness R.K., we claim that there is no leakage of information from the Special State Prosecutor's Office. Namely, R.K., as a cooperative witness, has been examined in two cases – ''TQ Plaza'' and ''Jaz'' and in the case ''Prijevor''.

The CD containing an audio-video recording of the examination of R.K. in the case ''TQ Plaza'' and ''Jaz'' has been delivered to the attorneys: Vladan Bojić, Zdravko Begović, Dragomir Ćalasan, Dragoljub Đukanović – Bojana Franović, Goran Velimirović, Predrag Milašević, Aleksandar Đurišić.

The CD containing  an audio-video recording of the examination of R.K. in the case ''Prijevor'' has been delivered to the attorneys:  Borivoje Đukanović, Mitar Mugoša, Mališa Miović, Dragoljub Đukanović- Bojana Franović, Božidar Vukčević, Predrag Milošević, Budimir Darmanović-Dragan Šoć.

We stress that whenever there are grounds for suspicion that a criminal offence prosecuted by virtue of office has been committed, the Special State Prosecutor's Office inititates the preliminary investigation. In the specific case, the Special State Prosecutor's Office will authenticate the recordings in question and if it estalishes the existence of grounds for suspicion that a criminal offence prosecuted by virtue of office has been committed, it will initiate the preliminary investigation.


 

8 December 2015

On 25 November 2015, the Association of State Prosecutors of Montenegro made objections and suggestions to the Draft Law on Salaries for Public Sector Employees. Subsequently, the concretization of objections made regarding certain jobs and a group of jobs was submitted as well.

Objections to the Draft Law on salaries for Public Sector Employees

Concretization of objections to the Draft Law on Salaries for Public Sector Employees


4 December 2015 – News

On 3 December 2015, the Police Directorate –  Security Center Bar filed a criminal charge to the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, against V.V., G.L. and  S.R. for the criminal offence of extortion, who were examined in the capacity of the suspects on the same day. Following the examination the prosecutor's office issued a decision on their holding,  since the evidence obtained in the preliminary investigation indicated that the possibility of their having committed the criminal offence is equal to the possibility of not having committed it. The High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica issued the order of investigation, and at the same time it put forward a motion to an investigative judge of the High Court in Podgorica that the named persons are imposed measures of  supervision which can substitute specific form of detention, in this case, prevention of flight of the suspects and prevention of tampering with evidence. In the process of the investigation it will be determined whether the suspects have committed this criminal offence, and depending on the investigation results the prosecutor's office will decide on further course of the proceedings.  


27 November 2015 – News

On 12 November 2015, the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica submitted a bill of indictment to the Basic Court in Podgorica against V.B. for the continuing criminal offence of violation of confidentiality of procedure. The defendant V.B. has been charged with an act of disclosing, without authorization, the information obtained in a legally defined criminal proceedings, in a case before the Special State Prosecutor's Office, the information that was declared secret by the decision of the competent authority.

After reviewing of the bill of indictment, the Basic Court in Podgorica has scheduled the main hearing for 12 January 2016.


23 November 2015 – News

Following the examination at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Nikšić, on 21 November 2015, the suspect S.V. was issued a decision on holding for 72 hours. In the meanwhile, a state prosecutor filed a motion to an investigative judge of the Basic Court in Nikšić for ordering detention, based on which the suspect S.V. was ordered a 30-day detention. The Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Nikšić has initiated a preliminary investigation against the suspect S.V. from Nikšić, on reasonable suspicion of having committed the continuous criminal offence of usury.


20 November 2015 – News

Upon the order of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Nikšić, officers of the Police Department – SC Nikšić have deprived of liberty S.V. from Nikšić, on reasonable suspicion of having committed the criminal offence of usury. The suspect will be examined by a prosecutor on duty at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Nikšić.


20 November 2015 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has talked with the Romanian Ambassador to Montenegro Ferdinand Nagy, on the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, and on that occasion he made his interlocutor acquainted with the organizational structure of the State Prosecutor's Office of Montenegro, as well as with the results achieved in the previous period.

The Supreme State Prosecutor has noted that one of the priorities of the Prosecutor's Office is strengthening of independence and autonomy of state prosecutors, as well as of their accountability and that he expects them to show a proactive attitude to their work and  react to all the information on the existence of a reasonable suspicion of the commission of a criminal offence which is subject to prosecution by virtue of office.

The topic of the duscussion has also been EC Progress Report on Montenegro 2015, but the bilateral cooperation between state prosecutor's offices of Montenegro and Romania, as well.

The Romanian Ambassador to Montenegro has expressed his readiness for any kind of cooperation with the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office and offered assistance of Romania in the form of experts and exchange of experiences. 


17 November 2015 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Bulgaria Sotir Tsatsarov have signed, in Podgorica, the Protocol on Cooperation between the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office of Montenegro and the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria.

The Protocol on Cooperation will contribute to the improvement of traditionally good international relations, as well as the cooperation between the two institutions, based on principles of justice and fairness. The provisions of the document will be implemented in practice through joint meetings and cooperation programmes, in which the two institutions will regularly exchange information on legislation and case law, as well as the international judicial cooperation in criminal matters.

The signing of the Protocol on Cooperation represents another confirmation that the State Prosecutor's Office of Montenegro is determined to achieve concrete results through cooperation with other state-prosecutorial organizations, as well.


 

18 November 2015 – News

An Agreement on Cooperation has been signed today between the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, the Minister of Interior, Raško Konjević, and the President of the non-governmental foundation (NF) „Civic Alliance“, Boris Raonić.

Signing the Agreement has been aimed at promoting cooperation between state institutions and civil sectors, providing support to control the functioning of all institutions concerned about respect of human rights of persons staying in closed-type institutions. This Agreement will ensure the observance of stipulated European standards and recommendations of International Expert Bodies (CAT- Committee against torture and  CPT- Committee for the prevention of torture), so as to ensure respect for human rights of detainees, to the greatest extent possible.

The goals established will be achieved through a number of activities of all the signatories, implying holding consultative meetings, participation in a public campaign for the promotion of understanding for human rights of detainees, as well as an exchange of information relevant for a successful implementation of the Memorandum on Cooperation.

The Memorandum on Cooperation entered into force on the day of its signature and will stay in force for 12 months..


18 November 2015 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and his associates have talked, on the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, with the delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for Montenegro, headed by a co-rapporteur Mr Terry Layden and Mrs Delfina Freyman, the secretary of the delegation.

The Supreme State Prosecutor has made the interlocutors acquainted with the activities that the State Prosecutor's Office undertakes for the purpose of implementation of recommendations and meeting committments under the Resolution 20103 (2015) PSSE ''The Honouring of Obligations and Committments by Montenegro“, putting  special emphasis on the implementation of the Law on State Prosecutor's Office and the Law on Special State Prosecutor's Office.

Also, the Supreme State Prosecutor has reminded the interlocutors of the fact that a prosecutor's proactive role is more and more visible, but there is still room for further improvement.


12 November  2015 – News

In the meeting of the Prosecutorial Council, chaired by the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, among other things, the Rules of Procedure was adopted, as well as the proposal for appointment of a Deputy High State Prosecutor in Podgorica Sanja Jovićević as a member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Judicial and Prosecutorial.


11 November 2015 – News

On suspicion of having participated in the incident in Podgorica on 24 October 2014, when M.M. suffered injuries, members of the Special Anti-Terrorist Unit (SAJ), B.G. and G.Z., have been examined in the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica.

Following the examination in the Basic State Prosecutor's Office, they have been issued a decision on holding for up to 72 hours. Members of the Anti-Terrorist Unit (SAJ) have been charged with the criminal offence of torture in concurrence with the criminal offence of serious bodily injury.


5 November 2015 – News

The state-prosecutorial organization of Montenegro welcomes Days of State Prosecutors in a more organized, more equipped, more self-confident and more  vigorous manner, being more determined to come to grips with challenges during exercise of authorities stipulated by the Constitution and Law. In the period behind us, figuratively speaking, we showed that our pan on the goddess Justitia's scales weighs heavily. In the period ahead of us, it will far outweigh. It will be achieved through the reform, as a change in the form of functioning, but it must be followed by transformation, as a change of essence, or by increasing each prosecutor's awareness of the importance of his/her social role.

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4 November 2015 – News

Eight officers of the Special Anti-Terrorist Unit of the Police Department of Montenegro (SAJ) have been examined in the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, for the purpose of identifying police officers who participated in the event of 24 October 2015, in Podgorica, when M.M. suffered injuries.

The commander of the Special Anti-Terrorist Unit of the Police Department of Montenegro has delivered to the Basic State Prosecutor's Office a report on use of coercion, signed by 55 officers of the Special Anti-Terrorist Unit.

B.M., K.M., J.S., G.D., R.M., K.M., J.B. and G.I. have been examined in the Basic State Prosecutor's Office.

In the coming period, other signatories of the Report on use of coercion will be examined, as well.


4 November 2015  - News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stankovic has delivered findings of the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica and the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica to the President of the Parliament of Montenegro, which served as a factual evidence for seeking a prior approval to institute criminal proceedings against  MP's A.M. and S.R. for the criminal offence of calling to a violent change of constitutional order, and against a  member of the Parliament  M.K. for the criminal offence of an attack on a person in an official capacity during performance of an official duty.


3 November 2015 – News

According to a report of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica which has been delivered to the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, this prosecutor's office  submitted to the Parliament of Montenegro a request for prior approval to institute criminal proceedings against M.K., for the criminal offence of an attack on a person in an official capacity during performance of an official duty.

According to a report delivered from the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, the office submitted to the Parliament of Montenegro a request for prior approval to institute criminal proceedings against S.R. and A.M., for the criminal offence of calling for a violent change of constitutional order.


29 October 2015 – News

According to a report of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, made on the occasion of injuring M.M. and delivered to the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, on 25 October 2015, a deputy prosecutor on duty issued several orders for police officers to deliver a written report on use of coercion, and collect information from the injured party. 

Since the police did not deliver the requested data, the case was opened at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, and on 26 October 2015 the head of the Security Center in  Podgorica was requested to collect necessary information. It was requested that a written report on the use of force should be delivered and that the police officers who had inflicted injuries to the injured party and damaged his/her car should be identified. On the same day, upon the order of a prosecutor, officers of the Security Center in Podgorica made a crime scene investigation and photographed the injured party's vehicle. At the same time, an order for the performance of necessary forensic examination was issued, and the deputy prosecutor examined the injured party, in the capacity of a witness, at the Clinical Center.

Upon order of a prosecutor on duty of 25 October 2015, after two days the police delivered the Basic State Prosecutor's office in Podgorica statements of  three citizens, as well as injured party's medical documentation.

The Basic State Prosecutor's Office has sent a request to the commander of the Special Anti-Terrorist Unit (SAJ) asking for delivery of written report on use of coercion, as well as other data important for identification of police officers – members of SAJ, who inflicted heavy bodily injuries upon the injured party.  A deputy prosecutor has also examined two persons – eye-witnesses to the event,  in the capacity of witnesses. As the report from SAJ was not timely received, the commander of SAJ has been served with a written summon for examination at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica. The Police Department Director has also been served with a written urgency to deliver written reports and requested data.     


25 October 2015 – News

In view of information that, on 24 October 2015 members of the police unit have beaten the president of the professional boxing organization Mijo Martinović, the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković requested that the heads of the High State Prosecutor's Office and the Basic State Prosecutor's Offices in Podgorica review the case, as well as any other possible cases and establish whether there were any elements of criminal offences prosecuted by virtue of office in specific activities of police officers.


25 October 2015 – News

Upon the order of the High State Prosecutor's Office, officers of the Police Department – Security Center Podgorica have brought the suspects A.M. and S.R. along with criminal charges into the premises of the prosecutor's office, for the existence of a reasonable suspicion that they committed the criminal offence of calling for forced change of constitutional order (Article 362, paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code of Montenegro).

The suspects have presented their defence before a state prosecutor and in the presence of defence attorneys they themselves retained. Since it was founded that the were no legal grounds for detention, following the interrogation the suspects were released to defend from fredom during further course of proceedings.


25 October 2015 – News

On the occasion of protests organized on 24 October 2015 in Podgorica,  upon the request of the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, extra duties have been introduced in competent  prosecutor's offices, with the aim to ensure management of proceedings and timely instructions in respective cases, upon charges of the Police Directorate, other state authorities or physical entities, political parties and other entities.

After considering police reports on undertaken actions and after review of available video material, the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica  has found a reasonable suspicion that MP's, A.M. and S.R., committed the criminal offence of calling for forced change of constitutional order by instigating protesters to take actions of forcible entry into the Parliament of Montenegro. In accordance with its legal authorities, the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica has issued an order to the Police Directorate to file a criminal charge against the stated persons and bring them before the state prosecutor for interrogation and further proceedings.

The competent prosecutor's offices will continue with their activities in the forthcoming period, in accordance with their authorities, so as to undertake measures and actions for the purpose of identifying possible perpetrators of criminal offences.


21 October 2015 – News 

The High Court in Podgorica has approved a proposal of the Special State Prosecutor’s Office that M.V. be granted the status of a cooperative witness in the proceedings that the Special State Prosecutor’s Office conducts against the accused L.R. and others for the criminal offences of abuse of official position and abuse of official position through aiding, committed in an organized manner.

The suspect for abuse of official position through aiding, M.V., who was not available to the competent authorities, has turned himself in to the Special State Prosecutor’s Office on 19 October 2015.

M.V. is one of three persons for whose deprivation of liberty a warrant was issued by the Special State Prosecutor’s Office on 14 October 2015. On that occasion, S.D. was deprived of liberty on a reasonable suspicion of having committed the criminal offence of abuse of official position through instigation. Two persons, whose deprivation of liberty was also ordered, have not been available. Apart from M.V. who turned himself in to the Prosecutor’s Office, a person M.M., who is under a reasonable suspicion of having committed the criminal offence of abuse of official position through instigation, has not been available either. He/she has provided justification for his/her absence and duly notified the Special State Prosecutor’s Office of reasons for his being unavailable.


19 October 2015 – News

Upon the request of the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković, the head of the Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica has submitted a report on activities undertaken by the competent prosecutor’s office on the occasion of developments in Podgorica last weekend.

Apart from considering of written police reports on undertaken activities, prosecutors reviewed all available video material. Based on collected data and evidence, the police have been ordered to file criminal charges against two persons, N.B. and M.K., for the existence of suspicion that they committed the criminal offence of attack on a person acting in an official capacity during performance of an official duty.

The Prosecutor’s Office has ordered that N.B. be held and brought before an attending prosecutor. Upon the interrogation, the attending prosecutor has not rendered a ruling on provisional confinement of N.B. since there were no any legal grounds for that.

Upon the order of the prosecutor the Police Department has also filed the criminal charge against M.K. The suspected M.K. has been summoned to the prosecutor’s office for interrogation.

In the case N.B. and M.K., the evidence has been collected indicating that both of the persons suffered injuries and the prosecutor’s office is investigating whether some person committed the criminal offence in these cases.

The Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica has ordered the police to identify persons who inflicted heavy bodily injuries to Z.M., the participant of the protest, as well as persons who participated in an attack on the premises of PINK M TV.

Misdemeanour proceedings have been initiated against 16 persons including three journalists and two MPs. Four persons, against whom the misdemeanor proceedings have been initiated, have stated that they suffered injuries during arrest. The Prosecutor’s Office has requested copies of records along with medical documentation from the Misdemeanor Court, submitted by these persons as proof of being injured. In the coming days, the Prosecutor’s Office will take all the necessary actions so as to identify the way of inflicting injuries to these persons.

The Prosecutor’s Office has also issued an order to the police to all the necessary documentation and required information from the injured members of the police, in order to render a decision timely and in accordance with law, in their case too.


18 October 2015 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has requested that the competent prosecutor’s offices establish, as soon as possible, whether certain persons committed a criminal offence prosecuted by virtue of office during the yesterday’s events in Podgorica, and that he be timely informed of all undertaken actions.


14 October 2015 – News

Following the interrogation in the Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Bijelo Polje, G.Š., the warden of Bijelo Polje Prison, S.D. the head of the Escort Security Service of Bijelo Polje prison and D.T. and S.A., officers of Bijelo Polje prison, have been ordered detention of up to 72 hours. 

The stated persons have been deprived of liberty upon the order of the Basic State Prosecutor in Bijelo Polje. The warden of Bijelo Polje Prison is suspected of having committed the criminal offence – abuse of office in a case opened on the occasion of escape of an arrested person J.Z. The head of the Escort Security Service S.D. and the prison officers D.T. and S.A. have been deprived of liberty on suspicion of having committed the criminal offence of enabling escape of arrested person.


14 October 2015 – News

Upon the order of the Basic State Prosecutors Office in Bijelo Polje, the warden of Bijelo Polje Prison, G.S., has been deprived of liberty on suspicion of having committed the criminal offence of abuse of official position. Officers of the prison in Bijelo Polje S.D., D.T. and S.A. have been deprived of liberty upon the order of the prosecutor, on suspicion of having committed the criminal offence of enabling escape of arrested persons.


14 October 2015 – News

In the investigation procedure conducted by the Special State Prosecutor’s Office against the accused L.R. and other persons for the criminal offences of abuse of official position and abuse of official position through aiding, committed in an organized manner, the Special State Prosecutor’s Office has issued a warrant to the Police Directorate for deprivation three persons of liberty.

S.D., who is reasonably suspected of having committed the criminal offence of abuse of official position through instigation, has been deprived of liberty. Two other persons, whose deprivation of liberty has been ordered, are not available. The question is about M.M. and M.V. who are reasonably suspected of having committed the criminal offences of abuse of official position through instigation and abuse of official position through aiding.   


8 October 2015 – News

The Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Bijelo Polje having the subject-matter jurisdiction, has initiated activities of preliminary investigation on the occasion of escape of a convicted person J.Z. from prison in Bijelo Polje.

In the procedure of preliminary investigation the prosecutor’s office has requested that the Security Center of Bijelo Polje collect information and take statements from a warden in Bijelo Polje prison, members of the prison police who were in charge for safeguarding convicted persons, as well as from prison officers responsible for securityof the convicts.

In addition, the prosecutor’s office has undertaken necessary actions in order to examine the validity of documentation on the basis of which J..Z. was approved to visit a sick family member in Mojkovac.


8 October 2015 – News

One of the persons suspected of abuse of office LJ.B. who was not available to the competent authorities, has turned himself in to the Special State Prosecutor’s Office. Following the interrogation, a 72 hour detention has been orered against him.

On 30 September 2015 in Budva, by order of the special prosecutor, the Police Directorate officers deprived of freedom seven persons due to the existence of a reasonable suspicion of having committed criminal offences – abuse of office in an organized manner and abuse of office through aiding. After having carried out the prosecutorial-police activities, the officers of the Department for combating economic crime filed criminal charges against eight persons. Seven persons were deprived of freedom while the eighth one has not been available until today.      


5 October 2015 – News

After a successful cooperation, the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office and the NGO Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) have signed the Annex to the Memorandum of Cooperation in order to continue, through joint activities, promoting transparency of the state prosecutor’s offices and communication with citizens.  

The co-operation between the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office and the non-governmental organization started last year when the Memorandum of Cooperation was signed and thus laid the foundation for the beginning of joint actions to improve relations with the public, strengthen capacities in this field and to increase the transparency of work. The first concrete results of this cooperation were published in July 2015, when the prosecutor's offices, obligated by the Law on free access to  information, released 99 per cent information, the result which only a year ago was 4 per cent only.

The focus of joint activities in the following year will be the development of the capacities for relations with the public of the Secretariat of the Prosecutorial Council, trainings for employees of the prosecutor’s offices in order to meet demands for information of the public, in a more qualitative manner, as well as increase in budget transparency of this institution. Also, it was agreed that in the coming year, all positive experiences, good practices and international standards, which regulate relations between prosecutor’s offices and the public, in an open and a participatory process, sublimate in a single communication strategy which will be a key document for further development in this area.


2 October 2015 - News

The Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica has issued a decision rejecting a criminal charge of the Security Center Podgorica dated 5 August 2015, filed against P.Š. for the criminal offence of endangering safety, since his/her actions do not constitute all the fundamental elements of the reported criminal offence or any other criminal offence prosecuted by virtue of office. By the criminal charge filed by the Security Center of Podgorica, P.Š., an officer of the Police Department, was reported for having posted comments from his/her user account ”Boss” on various newspaper articles, at the portal site ND “Vijesti”, during the period from 8 May to 7 June 2015, and thereby threatened to the Deputy Prime Minister, D.M.               


2 October 2015 – News

The Basic State Prosecutor in Podgorica has filed an appeal to the High Court in Podgorica against the ruling of the Basic Court in Podgorica by which the indictment proposal of the Basic State Prosecutor in Podgorica of 8 September 2015 against G.R. for the criminal offence of false reporting, has been dismissed, since the Court established that there is no sufficient evidence supporting reasonable suspicion that the defendant committed the offence he has been charged with. The appeal has been filed within the statutory time limit against the ruling of the Basic Court in Podgorica, for substantive violation of criminal proceedings and erroneously established fact.

The ruling contested was issued in substantive violation of criminal proceedings reflecting in the enacting clause of the ruling which is contradictory to reasons, and at the same time the reasons of the ruling on relevant facts are completely vague and considerably contradictory. 


30 September 2015 – News

By the order of the Special Prosecutor, officers of the Police Department in Budva have deprived of freedom seven persons this morning due to the existence of a reasonable suspicion of having committed criminal offenses - abuse of official position in an organized manner and abuse of official position through aiding.

After having carried out the prosecutorial-police activities, the officers of the Department for combating economic crime have filed criminal charges against eight persons. Seven persons have been deprived of freedom whilst the eighth one is not available.

The criminal charge has been filed against R.K., L.R. and M.M. due to the existence of a reasonable suspicion that they had committed the criminal offense of abuse of official position in an organized manner; against I.T. and M.M. on suspicion that they had committed the criminal offense of abuse of official position through aiding in an organized manner; against M.L. due to the existence of a reasonable suspicion that he/she had committed a criminal offence of abuse of official position and against  M.R. and LJ.B., due to the existence of suspicion that they had committed the criminal offense of abuse of official position through aiding.

It is suspected that the abuse of official position caused over a million and 400 thousand Euros worth damage to the municipal budget.


24 September 2015 - News

In the case opened against Ž.P. on a reasonable suspicion of having committed a continuous criminal offence of abuse of official position and D.K. on a reasonable suspicion of having committed a continuous criminal offence of abuse of official position through aiding and the continuous criminal offence of falsifying an official document, the Special State Prosecutor’s Office has issued a ruling on the conduct of investigation.

There is a reasonable suspicion that the suspects have committed the criminal offences with the aim to obtain an unlawful property gain for the legal entity “Office for construction of Bar” (ZIB), a company from Bar, in the amount of almost 2 million Euros, the amount of money for which the budget of the municipality of Bar was damaged, too. In addition, there is a suspicion that the suspect Ž.P. has caused damage to the budget of municipality of Bar in the amount of around 930 thousand Euros, as well.

The suspect Ž.B. is suspected to have abused his official position and exceeded the limits of his authorities, within the period from 2007 to 2014 in Bar, as a public official, with the aim to obtain an unlawful property gain for the legal entity “Office for construction of Bar” AD Bar, so that he, without approval of the Assembly of the municipality of Bar on debit notes and giving guaranties, concluded an agreement on financing construction of the residential and office building in Bar, for the purpose of meeting housing needs of several state institutions’ employees. By the stated document and the suspect’ actions the municipality of Bar was bound to guarantee regular loan repayment for construction of the facility A6 in Bar.

D.K. is suspected to have helped the suspect Ž.P.obtain property gain for the company “Office for construction of Bar” AD Bar, while acting on behalf of the legal entity, in the capacity of an executive director of the company “Office for construction of Bar”, by concluding agreements on banking loans for which the suspect Ž.P., against the Statute and without approval of the Assembly of the municipality of Bar, was concluding guarantee agreements binding the municipality of Bar to repay the overall loan in case the “Office for construction of Bar” is in default on a loan.

It is also suspected that D.K, in the period from 2010 to 2013, acting as an executive director of the company “Office for construction of Bar” AD Bar, entered false data into official documents verified with her own signature and the seal of the company.

Also, in accordance with the Law on liability of legal entities for criminal offence, the investigation has been launched against the company in bankruptcy “Office for construction of Bar” AD Bar as well, for the continuous criminal offence of abuse of official position through aiding.


23 September 2015 – News

This morning, in Bar, by order of the Chief Special Prosecutor, the former Mayor of the Municipality of Bar has been deprived of liberty, on grounds for suspicion of having committed a continuous criminal offence of abuse of office. D.K., also from Bar, has been deprived of liberty on grounds for suspicion of having committed a continuous criminal offence of abuse of office through aiding and the criminal offence of falsifying an official document. Following the hearing, the Special Prosecutor issued a decision on a 72-hour hold. 


16 September 2015 - News

On the premises of the Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica, the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office Ivica Stanković, the Chief Special State Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić and the Head of the High State Prosecutor’s Office Vesna Jovićević, have talked to the members of the Parliamentary Committee on Political System, Judiciary and Administration.

The MPs toured the building occupied by the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office, the Special State Prosecutor’s Office and High State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica, and on that occasion became acquainted with state prosecutors’ working conditions.

The Supreme State Prosecutor has stressed that he insists his associates’ performance results must not be influenced by the conditions, and at the same time stated that even more could be achieved in a more adequate ambient.

The space capacities are not sufficient for current employees either, and this problem will become more noticeable if the plans on personnel strengthening of the institution are implemented, said Stanković.

The Prosecutors informed the MP’s of the problems they are facing with in their daily work, which might, as assessed, result in personnel attrition.

The Chairperson of the Committee on Political System, Judiciary and Administration Rifat Rastoder has said that he will help, together with other Committee members, such an important institution as the Prosecution Office, provide conditions that will enable undisturbed functioning. Activities of the Prosecutor’s Office are encouraging and show that there is an intention of the prosecutors to work seriously and achieve significant results. In this respect, it is also necessary to solve the problems accumulated from the previous period and improve the current situation where the State Prosecutor’s Office will have full support of all the Committee members, the MPs noted during the meeting. 


11 September 015 – News

Upon the warrant of the Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Nikšić, officers of the Security Center Nikšić have deprived of liberty the following persons: R.R. from Nikšić on reasonable suspicion of having committed the criminal offence of usury, R.M. from Nikšić on reasonable suspicion of having committed the criminal offences - usury and unlawful keeping of weapons, S.T. on reasonable suspicion of having committed the criminal offence of attempted extortion.                   .

After the interrogation, the prosecutor on duty issued a decision on holding the stated persons for a 72- hour period. Also, the proceedings have been instituted against M.P., who is currently serving his prison sentence in KP Spuž, on reasonable suspicion of having committed the criminal offence of unlawful keeping of weapons.


9 September 2015 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and the Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić have talked to the Justice Liaison Officer from the Regional Office for fight against organized crime in SEE, Pierre Bellet. The Office was established in 2004, and it has been situated within the Embassy of France building in Belgrade since 2012. The Ambassador of France to Montenegro Véronique Brumeaux has attended the meeting as well.

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković has made them acquainted with the structure of the Prosecutor’s Office in Montenegro. He has stated that  decisions of the Prosecutor’s Office came under both praises and criticism in the previous period, but, as he has said, it will not influence further work as he will not let himself or his associates be slowed down by any criticism or blinded by praises.

‘’It is only determination that is being insisted on and making decisions solely based on legislation, that enable goal to be reached, and that is a successful fight against corruption and organized crime’’, said the Supreme State Prosecutor.

The Chief Special Prosecutor has informed the guests about jurisdiction of the Special State Prosecutor’s Office as well as its statutory authorities.

Collocutors agreed that France and Montenegro both possess numerous development cooperation instruments which they will insist on in the forthcoming period.    


25 August 2015 – News

The Supreme State Prosecutor, Ivica Stanković, has talked to the Hungarian Ambassador to Montenegro, Christian Poché, in the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office. The subjects of the discussion have been specific tasks envisaged by Action plans for Chapters 23 and 24, and also the results the State Prosecutor’s Office achieved in the previous period.

The Supreme State Prosecutor has informed his collocutor about one of important tasks, which implies strengthening of the state prosecutors’ proactive activities aimed at detection and prosecution of perpetrators of criminal offences. Stanković has stressed that, it is achieving higher degree of one’s own initiative that he continually insists on, and that he will proceed with in the future, since the progress is obvious in that respect but not enough.

The ambassador Poché has commended the results achieved in the rule of law field. He emphasized that, apart from the structural reforms and establishment of new institutions, much attention is paid to implementation of new legislation in practice, as well.

The Hungarian Ambassador has also drawn attention to the need for improving the cooperation between the Prosecutor’s Office of Montenegro and Hungary and expressed his readiness for the provision of all the necessary assistance in achieving that aim.

The NATO diplomat at the Hungarian Embassy, Mr. Csaba Félegyházi, has also attended the meeting.


5 August 2015 – News

The Police Directorate of the Ministry of Interior, on its own initiative, deprived P.Š. of liberty for the commission of the criminal offence of endangering safety, and along with the criminal charge brought him/her before the prosecutor on duty at the Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica. Upon the interrogation the prosecutor did not issue a decision on holding, since it was estimated that there was no legal grounds for it.


31 July 2015

The Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica has submitted an indictment proposal to the Basic Court in Podgorica against R.M. for the criminal offence of usury. The accused person has been charged with giving money on loan in April 2014 and, in doing so, with stipulating disproportionate material gain for him/herself. Under the oral contract, the accused person gave € 35.000,00 on loan to the injured party and stipulated that the injured party pays a monthly interest of 5% of the total loan amount, which amounts to € 1.750.00 on a monthly basis. The injured party was paying the stated sum of money from May 2014 to June 2015. Thereby the accused person obtained disproportionate material gain to the amount of €22.750.00.


16 July 2015 – News

There is an ongoing interrogation of persons brought today to the High State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica along with criminal charges brought by the Police Directorate for the existence of grounds for suspicion that they have committed criminal offences – an act of an unauthorized production, keeping and releasing for trade of narcotics and an act of unlawful keeping of weapons and explosives. There are about 19 out of 26 total suspects in question. Seven persons are not available for the time being.

The operation that resulted in the deprivation of liberty has been directed by the High State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica. In the previous period the Prosecutor’s Office performed special investigative actions against these persons. Having appraised the actions’ results, the Prosecutor’s Office found that there are grounds for suspicion that these persons committed the criminal offences that have been reported against them.

The investigations are being conducted by the Deputy High State Prosecutors Ljiljana Lakić and Tatjana Begović.


15 July 2015 - News

On the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office, the candidates elected state prosecutors at the High State Prosecutor's office in Podgorica and Basic Prosecutor’s Offices in Podgorica, Pljevlja, Kotor, Ulcinj i Rožaje, took an oath of office before the President of the Prosecutorial Council Ivica Stanković

The oaths of office were taken by the following state prosecutors: Jelena Lučić Đaletić at the High State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica; Milica Anđelić and Nikola Boričić at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica; Nataša Bajčeta and Ivan Gačević at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Pljevlja; Ana Marinović, Tijana Čelanović and Srđa Jovanović at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor; Faruk Resulbegović at the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Ulcinj and Ivan Došljak at the Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Rožaje.


 

9 July 2015 - News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and his associates talked to the Head of the UNICEF Office to Montenegro Mr. Benjamin Perks, on the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office.

The subject of the discussion was the application of the Law on Treatment of Juveniles in Criminal Proceedings, with special reference to the performance of the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office’s expert service, which had been established in 2012 for the reason of providing assistance to the prosecutor’s offices in treatment of juvenile offenders. The subject of the discussion was also the use of the audio-visual techniques during the examination of juveniles.

The Head of the UNICEF Office to Montenegro informed the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković about the projects that the UNICEF is planning to realize in the forthcoming period, and he also commended the cooperation with the Prosecutor’s Office to date. Stanković expressed the readiness of the Prosecutor’s Office to henceforth, continue making huge contribution to the activities of the UNICEF.  


7 July 2015 - News

The Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković and his associates talked, on the premises of the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica, with the delegation of the European Commission headed by the Director-General of the DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission, Christian Danielsson, who is paying an official visit to Montenegro.

Danielson stated that the Prosecutor’s Office had achieved impressive results in the previous period. He congratulated the Supreme State Prosecutor on these achievements, and especially on the establishment of the Special Prosecutor’s Office, which started their performance in accordance with the deadlines set.

Stanković made the interlocutors acquainted with the acts adopted prior to publishing the advertisements for the position of the Chief Special State Prosecutor and special prosecutors, and he also pointed out that he and his associates will work on the implementation of the adopted acts to the utmost. The Supreme State Prosecutor emphasized that he is aware that the state-prosecutorial organization is not only expected to adopt documents but also to undertake specific activities when it comes to the fight against organized crime and corruption, especially when the high level corruption is in question. The guests from the European Commission supported such a viewpoint expressed by the Supreme State Prosecutor.

The Head of the Montenegro Unit at the European Commission's General Directorate Dirk Lange and his Excellency the UN Ambassador in Montenegro Mitja Drobnic with his associates,  attended the meeting as well.