Massive Money Laundering Investigation Touches on Some Controversial Figures

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STA, 3 March 2021 - A total of 28 house searches were carried out in Slovenia Wednesday by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in relation to a suspected money laundering scheme worth millions of euros. It unofficially involves tax advisor Rok Snežič and Bosnian citizen Dijana Đuđić.

In addition to Slovenia, house searches were also carried out in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as the scheme is being investigated that allegedly involved a number of Bosnian citizens, with Slovenian Rok Snežič as the mastermind.

Unofficial information by POP TV says that he was helped in the money laundering scheme by Dijana Đuđić, a Bosnian citizen known for a controversial EUR 450,000 2017 loan to the Democratic Party (SDS) of Janez Janša, currently the ruling party in Slovenia.

The Bosnian authorities are conducting a parallel organised crime and money laundering investigation, which targets Đuđić and the persons connected with her in Bosnia-Herzegovina. A house search was reportedly carried out today at her home.

Snežič is suspected of having organised a group of citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina who opened bank accounts in Slovenia, Austria and Hungary, on which they received money as payment for fictitious services performed by shell corporations.

They would then withdraw the money from the banks in cash, and Snežič is suspected of taking Đuđić personally from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Slovenia several times to withdraw cash there.

Unofficially, the illegal transactions worth millions of euros also involved the companies owned by Roman and Dominik Vuk, the brother and son of Miran Vuk, the former mayor of Zavrč. They used to be provided tax advice services by Snežič.

The latter is suspected of giving instructions to the persons involved in the money laundering scheme and organising the chain of financial transactions. Điđić used to make cash withdrawals of up to EUR 400,000 at once.

The financial transactions made by Đuđić raised red flags years ago at the Slovenian Office for Money Laundering Prevention, which suspected that it was money laundering.

Acting NBI director Petra Grah Lazar told the press today that eight house searches were still under way. She added that the NBI had launched the investigation in 2018 based on various tips. Foreign authorities are also involved.

The Slovenian and foreign suspects are suspected of committing several criminal acts between 2016 and 2018, including the issuing of unwarranted receipts for various services to receive a total of EUR 7 million in illegal gains, Grah Lazar said without naming any suspects or other details of the investigation.

Asked whether the EUR 450,000 loan from Đuđić to the SDS, which was later returned, was part of these transactions, she said that she was not able to provide concrete information but noted that no political party was being investigated.

A total of 19 persons have been made suspects as part of the investigation, and neither of them have been detained, the police also said.

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