Democratic Front condemned the coup case ruling

Democratic Front condemned the coup case ruling

“There are material and procedural errors in parts of the coup ruling that is sufficient not only to overturn the verdict but also to prosecute the acting judges Suzana Mugoša, Dragica Vuković and Vesna Pean“, the Montenegrin party Democratic Front (DF) said.

In a press release, this party claims that there is almost no difference between the testimony of cooperating witnesses Sasa Sinđelić in the case of terrorism attempt and a written verdict signed by Mugoša, which “will be studied at law schools as an example of an imprisoned and corrupted judiciary”.

“Is it possible that in Montenegro the irrefutable proof is the “honourable word” of the convicted killer Sinđelić, but that taped conversations of Slavoljub Stijepović and Nenad Vujošević, in which the corruption and crime in the prosecution and the judiciary are exposed to bare bones, are not evidence”, they aske of DF.

The High Court Judge in Podgorica, Ms Suzana Mugoša, provided a detailed legal reasoning on the genesis of the formation of criminal organization whose aim was to oust the present government in Montenegro.

The comprehensive statement of reasons describes when the first steps and first “recruitment” of the members of criminal group began.

“It has been established during the procedure, that Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov, citizens of Russia, organized a criminal organization in Montenegro, Serbia and Russia. The organization was aimed at committing criminal offences for which a 4-year prison sentence has been prescribed”, reads the statement of reason.

Data collected in the documentation delivered from Bulgaria corroborate the claim that criminal organization was formed at the beginning of 2016.

Judge Mugoša reminded that Telecom of Bulgaria had found nine numbers starting with 447 (special numbers used in the closed group, specially programmed and with maximum protection) and that the person who had registered them had left the address, Russia, Moscow. The registration was carried out on 18 January 2016.

Once the criminal organization was formed, Milan Knežević’s and Andrija Mandić’s trips to Moscow began. According to the border crossings records, Mandić and Knežević visited Moscow several times during 2016. In 2015 and 2014, it was not the case.

“It was established that Ananije Nikić was in Moscow at the beginning of February 2016, together with Mandić. Then, he was in Moscow alone, from 8 March to 13 March and then with Mandić again in April and July”, reads the statement.

This was confirmed by the documentation related to the purchase of plane tickets. Travels began at the beginning of February.

Cooperating witness Saša Sinđelić said that Eduard Shishmakov has sent him a message saying that “the government in Montenegro has to be brought down, Đukanović ousted” and that “people should take to the streets”…

Sinđelić traveled to Moscow in September, at the invitation of Shishmakov, and became member of the criminal organization.

“Those travels certainly couldn’t be interpreted this way, if there weren’t for other circumstances. However, given the context of the events in 2016, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that those visits to Moscow were regular activities of the criminal organization. Sinđelić’s statement confirms that, as he said several times, Shishmakov discussed with DF the matters related to the criminal organization”, reads the verdict.

After detailed analysis of the defence, judge Mugoša found Sinđelić’s statement to be true and that he had presented all the facts related to the activities he had been familiar with./ibna