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Serbian president under pressure over son's suspected mafia contacts

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic attends an interview with Reuters in Belgrade. File picture: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic attends an interview with Reuters in Belgrade. File picture: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Published Jun 13, 2020

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Belgrade - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has come under

pressure because of his son Danilo's suspected mafia contacts.

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The most powerful politician in the country has for two days been

complaining about the alleged "witch-hunt" of his 22-year-old son.

"My political opponents fail to defeat me with ideas and programmes,

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so they try to break me psychologically by attacking my family," he

complained on Friday evening on the government-owned TV station TV

Prva.

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A reporter from the independent research network Krik photographed

Danilo Vucic last Wednesday in a central Belgrade pub in the company

of a well-known soccer hooligan.

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The group he was with was watching a broadcast of the local derby

between Red Star Belgrade and Partizan.

The young Vucic had been seen with Aleksandar Vidojevic at least

three times in the past. Police investigations are ongoing into his

alleged membership in an internationally operating Montenegrin mafia

clan.

Vidojevic leads the Partizan Ultras, who call themselves

"janissaries" and are regularly linked to acts of violence and

vandalism.

Vucic senior defended Vidojevic. "This young man has never been

charged with drug-related offences, only for fighting, but he has

never been convicted for that either," he said in the one-and-a-half

hour television interview.

Parliamentary and municipal elections are scheduled for June 21 in

Serbia, with Vucic's right-wing Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) a

clear favourite.

Part of the opposition is boycotting the election. Critics accuse

Vucic of eliminating the conditions for free elections by repression

and misuse of government resources.

Since Vucic also controls much of the media, his son's affairs are

not expected to damage him.

dpa

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