The defense proposed to suspend the criminal proceedings against Brković

The defense believes that the special prosecution did not offer any evidence that the company HTP "Boka" was damaged during the privatization and reorganization for 5.075.346,19 euros.

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High Court in Podgorica, Photo: Boris Pejović
High Court in Podgorica, Photo: Boris Pejović
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Lawyer Dragoljub Đukanović, the defense attorney of the defendant Dragan Brković, as well as the defense attorneys of his sons Bojan and Boris, and the executive director of the company "Vektra" Milić Popović, requested yesterday in the Podgorica High Court that the criminal proceedings against them be suspended.

The defense believes that the special prosecutor's office did not offer any evidence that they damaged the company HTP "Boka" during the privatization and reorganization for 5.075.346,19 euros.

The Brkovics are accused of having committed prolonged criminal acts of abuse of authority in the economy and abuse of property sales through public assistance in the period from September 2017 to December 2019.

The special prosecution accuses Dragan Brković, his sons Boris and Bojan, and the executive director of the company "Vektra" Milić Popović that they damaged the company HTP "Boka" during the privatization and reorganization for 5.075.346,19 euros. In the investigation, it was established that the defendants in this case sold the property of the former HTP Boka legally, but illegally spent the money obtained from the sale of valuable real estate of that company.

The extrajudicial panel chaired by judge Boris Savić will make a decision in the next 15 days.

Lawyer Dragoljub Đukanović pointed out that the defense of the defendants in the investigation process did not have the same rights as the prosecution, which, like them, is a party to the proceedings before the court.

2 The defense was denied the right to equality of arms because only the prosecution dealt with the expert's findings, while we only got access when the expert's examinations were finished, that is, the findings were only handed to us", said lawyer Đukanović. He added that the data from the financial expert's findings and the complaint of the special prosecutor's office do not correspond to the real and actual situation.

"The audit report related to the operations of the company Vektra Boka is different from the findings of the financial experts ordered by the special prosecutor's office", stated lawyer Đukanović. He added that the findings of the experts stated that the real estate was sold at a lower value than the one that was determined but they do not state who determined that price and according to which criteria. "Everyone knows that the property is sold through a public offer and that this type of sale is the most marketable way of determining the value of anything, including real estate that has been determined for sale in the process of reorganizing Vektra Boka." , explained lawyer Đukanović.

The defendants and their lawyers believe that the bankruptcy proceedings of Vektra Boka would have ended successfully through the reorganization, that is, the company would have returned all debts and continued its work if the Special Prosecutor's Office had not initiated criminal proceedings and arrested the company's management.

"By arresting the accused, the state stood in the way of Vektra Boka's recovery", concluded lawyer Đukanović.

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