Property damage, Sead Sadiković, 01.04.2018, Bijelo Polje

On April 1, in Bijelo Polje an explosive device was activated in front of family house of a journalist Sead Sadiković. In the explosion a car that did not belong to Sadiković and his family was damaged.

Sadiković said that the vehicle was parked in a place where he regularly, on a daily basis, parked his car.

On Monday, April 2, police identified and detained suspects, Ilhan and Hilmija Pepić from Rožaje. About twenty days later, the judge of the Basic Court in Bijelo Polje, Dragan Mrdak, pronounced the verdict against these two brothers for committing the criminal offense of “Illegal possession of weapons and explosive materials” in an endangering of security. Ilhan is sentenced to seven, and Hilmija is sentenced to four months in prison.

According to the police, it is suspected that the motive for this attack was a defamation of family Pepić member, Husnija Pepić with whom Sadiković had an interview at the end of last year in his show “Without Borders”. In the show Sadiković presented Pepić’s Museum, whose owner is Husnija, in an unusual and satirical manner. The show raised great public interest.

Sadiković claims that it is still necessary to find out who ordered the attack in this case.

Contry MN
Name and Surname Sead Sadikovic
Gender Male
Date 01/04/2018
City / Location Bijelo Polje, Montenegro
Type of incident Other threats to journalists
By whom To journalists by citizens
Name of the perpetrator Hilmo Pepic and Ilhan Pepic
Type of media Radio and television
Media name TV Vijesti
Source media
Public prosecutor Investigation
Judiciary status Ilhan Pepic is sentenced to seven, and Hilmija Pepić is sentenced to four months in prison.
Was journalist`s association informed Yes
What was journalists' association reaction Trade Union of Media of Montenegro (SMCG) expressed its great concern regarding the activation of the explosive device in front of Sead Sadikovic’s home in Bijelo Polje. It called upon relevant authorities to urgently determine whether Sadiković was a target and if he was, why. SMCG stressed out that this case was only a continuation of a series of street explosions and murders which happened in Montenegrin towns in the past days, and which raised citizens’ concerns.
Were authorities informed? Yes - Police Yes - Public