Actual attacks on journalists, Vladimir Otasevic, Podgorica, 03.12.2019.

    Country MN
    Name and Surname Vladimir Otasevic
    Gender Male
    Date 03/12/2019
    City / Location Podgorica
    Type of incident Actual attacks on journalists
    By whom by policeman
    Type of media online
    Media name Dan
    Source Media
    Article and legislation violated (nationally) Law on Public Order and Peace
    Public prosecutor The prosecutor dismissed criminal charges, and ordered misdemeanor proceedings for violating the law on public order and peace.
    Legal closure Charges dismissed
    Was journalist`s association informed Yes
    What was journalists' association reaction SMCG requested that the responsibility of the attacker Mladen Mijatovic, who is a MIA officer, be examined, and that the Prosecutor’s Office should determine the possible disciplinary and criminal responsibility of Senior State Prosecutor Milos Soskic, who, according to the testimony of journalist Otasevic, did nothing to prevent the attack even though he was only a few meters away
    Were authorities informed? Case was reported to the police Case was reported to the Prosecutor’s Office

    In the shopping mall Delta, journalist Vladimir Otasevic was trying to photograph businessman Zoran Becirovic in the company of Senior State Prosecutor Milos Soskic, when he was attacked by bodyguard of Becirovic – he punched him, threatened and insulted him.

    The journalist claims that the prosecutor had been calmly watching the attack on him.

    Few days before the incident in the Delta, Becirovic was arrested by order of the Special State Prosecutor’s Office on suspicion of threatening one of the expert witnesses and charged with committing a criminal offense – obstruction of proof. It turned out that the bodyguard, Mladen Mijatovic, is an employee of the Ministry of the Interior Affairs and that he did not have the Ministry’s license for this engagement.

    The Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica has rejected the criminal charges because Mijatovic’s actions “do not contain the essential elements of the crime, nor any other criminal offense prosecuted ex officio”.