The Serbian prosecutor’s office for organised crime has seized the passport of a former minister suspected of abusing his position.The passport of Oliver Dulic, the former minister for environment and spatial planning, was sent to Belgrade’s High Court on Sunday to prevent him from leaving the country.
The court has yet to decide whether Dulic, a member of the opposition Democratic Party, can travel as planned to Canada on October 20 as part of a parliamentary delegation.
Parliament has already revoked Dulic’s immunity from prosecution.
Prosecutors are investigating allegations that Dulic abused his position by illegally issuing permits to a Slovenian company to lay optical cable along Serbian roads.
Nebojsa Janjic, Dulic’s associate in the ministry, and Zoran Drobnjak, director of the public company Roads of Serbia are also under investigation.
The prosecutor’s office proposed an indictment against Dulic, Janjic and Drobnjak in the High Court in Belgrade on October 12.
The prosecution did not ask for Dulic to be detained during the investigation.
Dulic has denied all the allegations. If found guilty he faces a sentence of between six months and five years in prison.
The police and the prosecutor’s office are still investigating whether the case involves corruption and whether the indictment will be expanded.