Mandić and Knežević were found guilty

Mandić and Knežević were found guilty

The Podgorica High Court found Andrija Mandić and Milan Knežević guilty in a case known as the “coup” and sentenced them to five years in prison.

Nemanja Ristić was sentenced to a single prison sentence of seven years for terrorism in an attempt to help and create a criminal organization, Srboljub Đorđević and Milan Dušić for a year and a half, Branko Milić to three years in prison, Dragan Maksić for a year and nine months, and Kristina Hristić on parole.

The accused Bratislav Dikić was sentenced to a single eight-year sentence for terrorism in an attempt to help and create a criminal organization, and Predrag Bogićević was sentenced to seven years for the same crimes.

Eduar Shishmakov was sentenced to a single prison sentence of 15 years for the creation of a criminal organization and attempted terrorism, while Vladimir Popov was sentenced to a single prison sentence of 12 years for the same crimes.

Democratic Front (DF) official and one of the accused in the case of the attempted terrorism, Andrija Mandić, said that in the cases of convictions of leaders of this political alliance, actions against some of the top state officials, those who are in charge for the most important decisions, will be carried out.

In an interview to Vijesti daily, on the eve of the announcement of the verdict, Mandić reiterated that DF has a plan for defence from taking their leaders to prison.

He remarked that they have evaluated that the traditional protest methods, such as citizens’ rallies, would not be efficient in this case and are not suitable at this moment, and added that the Parliament’s building is too small for manoeuvring the actions they have in mind.

“The subjects of our attention and activities will be several of the regime’s “big fishes” who are in charge of all important decision, and are hiding behind institutions that do not exist in Montenegro”, Mandić said.

He remarked that it all became “a personal matter, to defend not only their own dignity, but also the collective identity of the Serbian people who are in jeopardy in this country”.

Mandić added that they carefully approached to drafting and planning of every possible scenario and that they are well aware of those who stand against them.

One of the DF leaders, Milan Knežević, at a press conference of the political alliance, said that Milo and Aco Đukanović would be the main culprits if something happens to him and Andrija Mandić, as well as their families after today’s judgment of the High Court, with two DF leaders sentenced to five years in prison.

“We’re not their godparents, who should owe them for progress. They have today chosen to be executioners. Milo Đukanović and Aco Đukanović, if something happens to us or our families they would be indebted for that. Judge Mugoša was reading the psychiatric report of Saša Sinđelić for six hours, but did not present any evidence against the Democracy Front”, Knežević said./ibna