03 Jul 15
Germany Pledges to Extradite Kalic to Montenegro
German authorities say they will return the alleged drugs trafficker Safet Kalic to Montenegro to face charges of money-laundering once his judicial process in Germany is complete.
The German authorities have approved the extradition to Montenegro of the suspected drug trafficker Safet Kalic, Montenegro’s Justice Ministry confirmed on Thursday.
Following his arrest in Austria in October 2014, Kalic was extradited to Germany to face drugs charges there – while Montenegro also sought his extradition.
Authorities in Vienna said the German request took priority as Austria and Germany are both members of the European Union and so have to meet each others’ extradition requests.
The European arrest warrants system obliges each member state to meet extradition requests coming from other EU partners.
“Kalic’s return to Montenegro will be implemented after completion of the [judicial] process in Germany,” the Justice Ministry said in a statement.
A suspected Montenegrin drugs king pin, Kalic was arrested in Austria after more than three years on the run.
Last November, the Ministry of Justice asked the authorities in Austria to return Kalica to Montenegro to face charges of laundering over 7.7 million euros, allegedly earned from trafficking drugs in Germany between 2005 and 2011.
Police in Montenegro arrested Kalic’s brother, Mersudin, and his wife, Amina, as suspects the same year.
His trial started last year in absentia in Montenegro but the rendering of the verdict was delayed by Kalic’s arrest in Austria.
The Montenegrin authorities meanwhile have temporarily seized Kalic’s property in his home town of Rozaje, worth over 20 million euros.
Kalic was reportedly one of the biggest drugs barons in the Balkans and a close associate of Darko Saric, another drugs baron suspected of smuggling cocaine.
Serbian police named him as a major drug dealer in in 2003.
He was linked to several people in the so-called Zemun clan, the crime gang held responsible for the assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic in 2003.
A video of his wedding posted on YouTube in May 2010 showed many guests present from the Balkan criminal fraternity – as well as officials from the Montenegrin National Security Agency.
Among the guests were Saric himself and Ljubisa Buha Cume, the former chief of the so-called Zemun gang, who became the chief protected witness for the Serbian prosecution in the Djindjic murder case.
Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)