Security Chaos

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Serbia: Tracing a Fugitive’s Business Deals PDF Print E-mail
Darko Šarić

The origins of Darko Šarić’s fortune remain unclear despite his letter to special prosecutors that his media-related business dealings and not drugs explain his wealth.

By Stevan Dojčinović

Darko Šarić, under increasing pressure as business associates head to prison for deals he planned, claims his wealth comes not from crime but from selling a popular newsstand chain for €30 million. What Šarić didn't explain in an unusual letter to prosecutors two months ago is how he came to win control of the business in the first place.

An Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) investigation of company registers and court records shows that Šarić took over Štampa Sistem in 2008 by cutting a deal with the family of a murdered cigarette smuggler. Šaric, a fugitive since his April indictment on charges he ran a massive cocaine cartel, controlled Štampa through a series of offshore companies, records obtained by OCCRP show.

Serbia: Nobody’s Policing the Security Guards PDF Print E-mail


Strahinja Milošević, a talented basketball player for club Partizan, was injured when beaten by security guards at a local disco

With no regulations or licensing, private security companies have become a haven for criminals looking for a legitimate business cover. Criminals use the companies to increase their power and intimidate foes.

By Stevan Dojčinović

As many as 60,000 armed men roam the streets and cities of Serbia without any rules or government supervision. Many of them are criminals; thousands more work for crime bosses engaged in extortion, shakedowns and violence.

But all have one thing in common:

They operate in Serbia’s unregulated, powerful and sometimes dangerous private security industry.

Serbia is the only country in the region with no laws governing the private security sector.

Serbia: Security Firm connected to Drug Lord PDF Print E-mail


Darko Šarić

The Serbian Ministry of Interior (MUP) twice issued permits to a security firm operating out of an apartment associated with fugitive drug dealer Darko Šarić, who allegedly tried to import 2.7 tons of cocaine from South America.

MUP issued permits in 2006 and 2007 to Total Security System and owner Marko Šarić allowing them to buy and possess eight guns, the ministry said in a reply to questions by the Center for Investigative Reporting in Serbia (CINS).

By Stevan Dojčinović

The address listed on Total Security System’s matches the Belgrade apartment of Duško Šarić, Darko’s brother. MUP did not specify in its reply whether the firearm licenses have been revoked. The police searched an apartment on Arsenije Čarnojević Boulevard in Novi Beograd in February 2010, and at the same time a neighboring apartment that police believe was owned by Darko Šarić. That apartment was sealed and impounded by the police.