Former Serbian agriculture minister arrested

By bne IntelliNews November 26, 2012

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In a further example of the Serb government's clamp down on corruption, former agriculture minister Sasa Dragin was arrested on November 24 on charges of corruption, local media reports citing police sources.

The charges against Dragin and eight others relate to suspected fraud at Agrobanka during the previous government's term. The case alledgedely involves around €300m worth of fraudulent loans, and reportedly cost the state about €4.5m

Agrobanka, which filed for bankruptcy in June after its license was cancelled, is a central plank in the new government's criticism of its predecessor. Aleksandar Vucic, the defence minister and first deputy prime minister, who has been tasked with overseeing the country's intelligence agencies and leading the fight against corruption and organised crime, leads that charge.

Unnamed sources in the government say Vucic is in particular gunning for Miroslav Miskovic, Serbia's richest businessmen. The minister has accusing him of plotting to bring about the government's demise because of its anti-corruption drive, a view strenuously denied by Miskovic.

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