Hearing in the coup trial to Madnic and Knezevic postponed

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The defence attorney Miroje Jovanovic required Katnic’s and all special prosecutors’ exclusion because the case is ‘’contaminated with the communication of defenders. “It is scandalous,” Jovanovic said.

That is why the High Court judge Suzana Mugosa decided to postpone today’s hearing.
Democratic Front (DF) leaders Andrija Mandic and Milan Knezevic are accused of creating a criminal organization and being involved in attempted terrorism. The reading of the indictment and defendants’ statements were supposed to be broadcasted by TVCG and Vijesti TV.
The indictment of the Special State Prosecutor’s Office (SDT) also includes two currently inaccessible Russian citizens, Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov. SDT suspects them of being the agents of the Russian Counter-Intelligence Administration – GRU. They will be tried in absentia because they are inaccessible to the Montenegrin prosecution authorities.

The key motive of the group was to provoke political instability in Montenegro and thereby prevent the country from joining NATO.
In addition, according to the indictment, after the terrorist attack plan failed, Shishmakov asked Sasa Sindjelic (cooperative witness) to find someone who would kill then prime minister Milo Djukanovic or to do that himself.

The plan allegedly included arrival a group of people from Serbia organized by Sindjelic to DF protest on the election day 16 October 2016. They were supposed to clash with the police, forcibly enter the Parliament building and declare election victory.

“The plan also included shooting at members of the security forces of Montenegro, as well as the citizens gathered in front of the Parliament to create the illusion that some of the police officers sided with protesters, which would caused the reaction of the security forces of Montenegro. Thus, they would create wrong impression that police officers are criminals engaged by Milo Djukanovic. After that, the members of criminal organizations were supposed to seize Djukanovic,” the indictment alleges.

SDT claims that Knezevic was also in charge of organising protest rallies in front of the Parliament, “which were to be used for executing the criminal plan and breaching into the Parliament and performing other duties and tasks the organisers tasked him with”.

Source: Radio Television Montenegro