The evaded taxes with his son Marko

The case that caused a lot of controversy in the media in Serbia was
a case against Miroslav Miskovic, the richest businessman in Serbia. He was
accused of illegally obtaining a property benefit of more than 30 million
euros. Miroslav Miskovic was under a suspicion that he took advantage of the
official position by extracting financial assets and assets from privatized
road companies, therefore acquiring a property benefit of over 30 million
euros. Moreover, he was accused that he evaded taxes with his son Marko on the
total value of 3 million euros. The reason this caused a lot of controversy is
because the president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, promised in the campaign that
he will fight against corruption and do whatever he can to arrest Miskovic, and
stop him for illegally acquiring companies in Serbia. Like all politicians, he
said that just to make people vote for him. In order to understand the law
system in Serbia, It is important to understand that the whole system is
corrupted, the decisions are made based on the ”who gives more money”
principles. That is how it was in this case. Miroslav Miskovic’s case just
served as a good marketing advertisement for the president of Serbia and
continued to do his ”legal” business career.

 

It was the 12th of December, 2012, when the owner of Delta Holding
was arrested in a police action in Belgrade. According to the same order, his
son Marko and the director of “Nibens Group” Milo Djuraskovic and his
associates were arrested. After seven months of detention, Miroslav Miskovic
was released to defend himself from freedom, with a record deposit of 12
million euros. “Delta”, his company in the “shock and
unbelief” received this decision of the court, but the money for deposit,
however, was found. In November 2013, the “process of the century”
began. The courtroom was full of lawyers, including foreign observers in
Miskovic’s camp. At first, Miroslav Miskovic ”did not understand” the complex
indictment. The process was continued with a lot of peripheries, which included
taking away the passport from Miskovic, and then returned it to him for
occasional business trips. The Miškovi? Defense was based on the mining of a
legal interpretation of tax laws. For this purpose, the defense called Božidar
?eli?, Minister of Finance, and Aleksandar Martinovi?, the head of the
parliamentary committee that interpreted the law, and former President Boris
Tadi?. The court rejected this proposal. In the meantime, the new president of
the council, Maja Ilic, began new mandate with fierce clashes with lawyers. The
“War” began seemingly innocently with misunderstanding about
scheduling the hearing because the lawyers claimed that the court had not
consulted them on the terms of the trial. After several delays and a collective
boycott of the defense attorneys, the trial was blocked. In March 2016 the
first non-verdicts were released The Chamber of the Special Court sentenced
Marko Miskovic to three and a half years in prison for the tax evasion of Mera
Investment, but he, Djuraskovic and others, freed him for illegally acquiring properties
with roadside companies. The verdict of the son hinted at the decision in the
father’s case, so Miroslav was sentenced to five years in prison in June of the
same year but was also freed for illegally acquiring properties.

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What appellate court decided next just proved how corrupted the law
system is and how Miroslav Miskovic was actually protected by president of
Serbia. In September this year, the Court of Appeal overruled the
first-instance verdict for tax evasion and confirmed the acquittal of road
companies. The Appeals Court found in the judgment that the Special Court
violated the provision of the Serbian Constitution on the principle of the division
of power in the part of the convicting verdict at the expense of Miroslav
Miškovi?, as well as that he substantially violated the provisions of the
Serbian Criminal Code and the European Convention. The Court of Appeal
concluded that the court did not answer the two contested legal questions:
whether in the particular case the capital gains were realized and whether
there was an obligation to calculate the registration and payment of the tax on
the deduction for capital gains and for whom

 

Conclusion

In the last five years, nobody from the court, nobody
from the cabinet of president has come out in the media and said what proofs
they have against Miroslav Miskovic and his cooperatives. Everything was hidden
from the people and it was just a good ”mask” for average people so they
would not think about real problems such as standard of living. This particular
case just shows how the law system in Serbia is corrupted and how big moves are
always made behind the scene. Every average smart person in 2012 knew that the
arrest of Miroslav Miskovic was just because the president of Serbia needed
political points. And he got them, his support raised from 24% to 41%.

Miroslav Miskovic had made his fortune back in the 90s with the
support of former president of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic. If Serbia was an
organized and no corrupted country, Miroslav Miskovic would spend his life in
prison. But that is not the case, he is free and has every legal right to
spread his monopoly and own almost 50% of the market in Serbia.