Crackdown on organised crime continues: Arrest of the assistant of the Police Director
On March 23, the assistant of the Police Director – Dejan Knezevic, was arrested on suspicion of having ties to a notorious criminal Kavač gang.
Knezevic was arrested as part of a large-scale investigation of police links with the notorious Kavač drug gang, which has led to 12 current and ex-police officers’ arrests and to national warrants for the arrest of three others.
Knezevic headed the police’s anti-drug trafficking units since 2004 and, in March 2021, was appointed the police’s assistant director in charge of the fight against organised crime.
Knezevic and a senior police officer, Ljubo Milovic, were allegedly tied to the notorious Kavac gang from the town of Kotor, providing official protection for their drug, arms and tobacco smuggling operations.
Outgoing PM Dritan Abazovic said the fight against organised crime groups would be intensified. “We are ready to deal with all types of crime and those people who, whether inside or outside the system, do illegal business,” he posted on Twitter.
On March 27, Montenegrin Interior Minister Filip Adzic said that government will decide whether to dismiss police director Zoran Brdjanin after a large-scale investigation into police links with the Kavac drug gang. After the meeting with outgoing PM Dritan Abazovic, the interior minister announced changes in police management.
After the meeting on Monday, Zoran Brdjanin – The police director of Montenegro, told the media he would not resign, insisting that he didn’t violate any law. According to the Law on Internal Affairs, the Interior Ministry can propose to the government that it sack the police director if violations have been committed.
Montenegrin outgoing Prime Minister Abazovic called on the Special State Prosecution to continue its investigation into police ties with drug gangs.