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The Test

Serbia's prime minister has taken a lie detector test to disprove tabloid allegations

Aleksandar Vucic took the test voluntarily after being accused of involvement in a blackmailing scam.

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SERBIAN PRIME MINISTER Aleksandar Vucic has passed a lie detector test that he took voluntarily over local tabloid allegations of involvement in a blackmailing affair.

“The premier took upon his own initiative a lie detector test after Kurir, the newspaper in question, published very serious charges that he had rejected,” Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic told a press conference.

Kurir yesterday published the content of a criminal report submitted to prosecutors by the newspaper’s former director Aleksandar Kornic. Kornic alleged that leading figures from another tabloid, Informer, were involved in the blackmailing affair involving Vucic as well.

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Vucic went to police after the article was published and decided to undergo a test.

“The lie detector showed that he (Vucic) was telling the truth,” the minister said, adding its results proved that Vucic never met with Kornic.

“It is evident that these lies targeting the prime minister aim at destabilising the country… which we will succeed in preventing by all means,” Stefanovic, flanked by a dozen members of special police, some of whom were hooded, told reporters.

President Tomislav Nikolic and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic also made similar statements.

A man close to criminal circles was arrested yesterday after he was seen eight times within the past 24 hours near the premier’s residence in Belgrade, the interior minister said.

Vucic, a former ultra-nationalist turned pro-European, was elected in 2014.

© – AFP, 2015

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