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Ćopic Money Laundering

The RS Special Prosecutor's Office charged Bosnian-born Serbian businessman Zoran Ćopić with laundering money for reputed drug lord Darko Šarić. Other important names show up
By The Center for Investigative Reporting

An indictment filed by the Republika Srpska (RS) Special Prosecutor's Office against Zoran Ćopić and two directors of his companies sheds new light into the ring that allegedly laundered money for a Montenegrin/Serbian drug cartel. Included in the details are Miloš Hamović, the son of the wealthy Serbian energy trader Vuk Hamović, and the company of fugitive businessman Stanko Subotić.

Failed Privatizations had Ćopić in Common

1-entrance-ZmajBy OCCRP
When the Serbian government privatized ZMAJ, a maker of farm equipment, they said it was a way to bring investment to an important sector of the economy. Economists saw the sale as a next step toward modernizing the strategically important company.
And a group of accused criminals, respected businessman and a former cabinet minister saw it as an opportunity to make a lot of money.

Ćopić Arrest Hurts Local Farmers

AdHoc_Secer_04Police say factory was owned by alleged money launderer but farmers are caught in the middle.

By Centers for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia

A month after police closed the Bijeljina Sugar Factory they said was bought with laundered drug money, farmers and villagers who had gambled their future on the plant face catastrophic loss of a season of crops. And the local region is threatened with the loss of an important buyer and employer.

Arrested Businessman Declares Innocence

zoran_copic_smallBy OCCRP

Serbian businessman and fugitive Zoran Ćopić sat in a coffee shop in the Bosnian town of Banja Luka last week and told reporters for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) that he fled his adopted homeland of Serbia because he was falsely accused and didn’t want to rot in prison.

 

It appears he should have run a little further.

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