21.01.2012 Belgrade

Patriarch and other issues

Patriarch and other issues
The arsenal of weapons found in the Banja Luka Borik hall juts before the celebration of 20th anniversary of the establishment of Republika Srpska and no longer anonymous text message alert about the possible assassination of the Serbian president, minister and director of the police and the Serbian Patriarch are all over the covers of daily papers, conspicuously leaving many questions wide open.

Unlike the catastrophic flood of statements and incredible press releases related to the Borik, Serbian police did not officially reveal its attitude towards the warning that came from the overseas from certain Vuk Jovanovic.

Either because of the validity of this warning, or due to something else, the first ones who addressed the public was the Minister of Defense Dragan Sutanovac stating that all services in charge of the security of officials are involved to the maximum, and the State Secretary in the Ministry of Justice Slobodan Homen claiming that all alerts and threats are being carefully investigated. The next one to speak was the Minister of Internal Affairs Ivica Dacic with the confirmation that Police Department informed him about the threat according to which he will be killed before the elections.

As per the usual scenario, these threats are most often addressed to the President, Ministers of Justice and Police, prosecutors (especially the ones for war crimes and organized crime), deputy prosecutors, judges, journalists...

Several unnamed sources "close to the investigation", which is an informal phrase for the naive hiding of sources, said to the media that the latest warnings are being carefully checked. The outcome is cautiously anticipated, same as the answer to the unpleasant question of "why the patriarch", since the annals of the Serbian Orthodox Church, at least in recent times, reveal no threats to any dignitaries. There were some conflicts and attacks related to the Church, but that’s where they ended. The patriarch had no comments, which is understandable, as he hasn’t caused too much attention since the inauguration. If we omit the fact that bishop Irinej was among the high officials in Borik, it is logical that the mention of his name in the overseas threats is actually a camouflage which has to be checked although it is used to cover up the clues.

The media cacophony that ensued after the Borik incident and the news about warnings which was apparently released from the top of the Ministry of Internal Affairs seem to have very little similarities to the year 2003. when Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic was assassinated.

However, the fear of 2003. must neither create paranoia, nor obscure the present. First of all, there is the impact of cartels and organized crime that can overcome the most powerful states, and which was, according to the published information, brought into connection with the announced political assassinations. The point of overlapping is also evident in the extreme political tensions, this time related to Kosovo, and in the year 2003. related to Hague. Finally, one of the assassination attempts on Djindjic, like the one close to Limes hall, happened on his way to Banja Luka...

It is not advisable to minimize the threats, even when their sources sound funny, like in the case of nicknames such as Rat, Fool and the slang expression from Zemun - "brother". But on the other hand, due to the experience that Serbia went through, it is equally dangerous to ring all the alarms without proper information. And this information should not be provided by unnamed sources, but by the elected and appointed officials. It should be done diligently and seriously, so that people can see it as a responsible attitude towards accepted commitments, and the underworld can understand it as a clear message that failures will not be repeated.

author: Jelka Jovanovic source: Novi magazin
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