The Anti-Corruption Agency initiate proceedings against Goran Rakic and two other Kosovo Serb officials

Goran Rakić
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 Source: CINS; Translation provided by KoSSev

 The Anti-Corruption Agency initiated proceedings against the director of the public utility “Standard” and Kosovo Minister of Administration and Local Self-Government, Goran Rakic on suspicion that he violated the law because he did not report his assets and earnings with this institution. Apart from Rakic, the Agency also initiated proceedings against officials in Leposavic and North Mitrovica.

The fact that the Dean of the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education in Leposavic, Veroljub Stankovic, the director of the public utility “Vodovod Ibar” in North Mitrovica, Miodrag Ralic and the director of the public utility “Standard” and the Kosovo Minister of Administration and Local Self-Government, Goran Rakic ​​did not report all the assets and transport means in their possession to the Anti-Corruption Agency could, according to the law, end up costing them between 50,000 and 150,000 dinars. If it is proved that the motive was to hide their property, these officials could be sentenced to between six months to five years in prison. They would also be dismissed and banned from performing public service for 10 years.

After research conducted by the Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS) revealed that some Serbian officials employed in the institutions of the Republic of Serbia in Kosovo have not been respecting this legal obligation, the Agency announced that it would check whether there is room to initiate proceedings. Approximately a month ago, the Agency initiated proceedings against three officials.

„We would like to inform you that the Anti-Corruption Agency has initiated proceedings against the director of the public utility ‘Standard’ in North Mitrovica, Goran Rakic, Dean of the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education in Leposavic, Veroljub Stankovic, and director of the public utility ‘Vodovod Ibar’ North Mitrovica, Miodrag Ralic for failing to submit property and income reports in accordance with the Article 43, paragraph 2 of the Law on Anti-Corruption Agency,“ reads the Agency’s response to CINS.

The Agency added that they are still verifying whether there are grounds to initiate proceedings against the head of the Provisional Authority of the Municipality of North Mitrovica, Aleksandar Spiric, the principal of the Primary School Sveti Sava, Milorad Jovanovic, as well as against the former acting director of the North Mitrovica Health Center, Milan Ivanovic.

According to the CINS research, none of them reported their earnings and assets to the Anti-Corruption Agency. Furthermore, after the CINS research was published, data for the head of the North Mitrovica administrative district, Slavko Simic and the head of the Provisional Authority of the Municipality of Zvecan, Ivan Todosijevic appeared in the online register of assets and income, although the data were not there while CINS was doing the research. The Agency told CINS that the data were subsequently entered in the register, however, without specifying when exactly.

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