Serbian chargé d’affaires in Greece detained

Branko Lazarevic, Serbian chargé d’affaires in Greece and former chief of staff to Serbian prime minister Ivica Dacic when the latter was interior minister, has been detained on suspicion of co-operating with the gang of alleged drug lord Darko Saric, whose whereabouts are unknown. Serbian police charged Lazarevic with disclosure of official secrets and conspiracy to commit a criminal offense.

On Wednesday evening, Lazarevic reportedly told a police hearing that Dacic personally had acquainted him in 2008 with Rodoljub Radulovic, who has been charged as a member of Saric’s group, Serbian website Blic reported.

“Dacic presented Radulovic as a friend. He told me that Radulovic was his trusted man and that I should be at his service in case he needs something. After that I met with Radulovic, who asked me to check if the police had anything against Saric. Now I cannot remember whether he asked about Darko or Dusko (Saric). I checked what he had asked me, but I did not learn who actually was in question”, Lazarevic allegedly told the police.

Criminologist Zlatko Nikolic said that “it was Lazarevic’s duty to follow the order of the minister whose chief of staff he was. If Lazarevic said so, it means that Dacic too should be questioned”, Nikolic told Blic.

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(Serbian prime minister Ivica Dačić. Photo: EC Audiovisual Service)