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Controversial passport suspended

SERBIAN drug lord Dragoslav Kosmajac will no longer be able to use his Slovak passport when travelling.

SERBIAN drug lord Dragoslav Kosmajac will no longer be able to use his Slovak passport when travelling.

The Interior Ministry has suspended his passport, which he received after he became a Slovak citizen in 2004, Minister Robert Kaliňák said.

Kosmajac was reported to have left Serbia using a Slovak passport on June 20. The Interior Ministry confirmed on June 23 that Kosmajac is yet another prominent drug dealer from the Balkans with Slovak citizenship, which he received on September 13, 2004, u

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić labelled Kosmajac Serbia’s biggest drug dealer and suggested he has links with the police, which could explain why there is currently no valid warrant issued for his arrest, Sme wrote. Kosmajac left Serbia only hours after Vučić mentioned him at a June 20 press conference, using his Slovak passport to cross the seldom used Jabuka checkpoint into Montenegro as a free man, Sme reported, citing the local Blic newspaper.

The Slovak authorities looked into Kosmajac’s file and found “signs of certain insufficiencies and even manipulation”, Kaliňák said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. Finally, the ministry proclaimed that his citizenship had never been established.

“We have made an immediate decision about the fact that all the information we have for now constitutes a reasonable belief that the citizenship was not established,” the minister said, as quoted by TASR, adding that now all the national and European systems have been alerted that Kosmajac’s Slovak documents are no longer valid, and if he attempts to cross borders using his Slovak passport, he will be detained.

Kaliňák revealed there was another similar case to Kosmajac, for which the ministry took similar measures, but he did not provide any details.

He also announced that he ordered an overall audit to examine the granting of Slovak citizenship in the years when Slovak legislation was more lenient, before 2007. It showed that more Serbians connected with the drug business were granted Slovak citizenship.

“We will contact the Serbians to check this information,” Kaliňák told Sme.

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