Vucic awaiting official info on arrests in Montenegro

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said in Belgrade on Monday he doubted that accusations of terrorism against 20 Serbian citizens arrested in Montenegro were founded.

Following reports about the arrests and a Montenegrin judiciary statement that the arrestees were suspected of terrorism, with the intention to cause incidents during Sunday's parliamentary election, Vucic said there was still no official information from Podgorica.

"Let's wait and see what the authorities will say. We have some information and are willing to share them with Montenegrin state bodies, but they haven't notified us about anything... We still have no information. We have certain information from our intelligence agencies," Vucic said.

He said that one of those arrested, retired Serbian Gendarmerie General Bratislav Dikic, "speaks against the Serbian government every day" and that he would like to find out "if he planned an act of terrorism", although he doubted it.

Vucic said "the Montenegrin services will be surprised" by the information of Serbian services, and stressed that Serbia wanted good relations with Montenegro.

Montenegrin Chief of Police Slavko Stojanovic said yesterday that 20 Serbian citizens suspected of terrorism were arrested in Montenegro. It is suspected that they planned to collect automatic weapons and, on election night, attack state institutions and representatives of the authorities, possibly even senior state officials.

Last update: Mon, 17/10/2016 - 16:53

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