Organised crime on rise amid claims of gang links to government

“A tourist paradise of mountains, canyons and an Adriatic coastline, Montenegro also has a serious problem with organised crime” writes Shaun Walker for It captures you, and once you play with organised crime you’re controlled by it.” Journalists have also frequently become targets.Last month Đukanović attacked Vijesti for promoting “fascist ideas” by criticising his son’s business dealings.On paper the Montenegrin government has a programme to fight organised crime, but local activists say the reality is more complicated. “This state has never had a genuine strategy to fight organised crime,” said Daliborka Uljarević, executive director of a leading Montenegrin NGO, adding that elements of the government had been complicit in criminal networks. “This is not a tango you can dance on equal footing.

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