FACILITATION PROVIDED BY THE GREEK ADMINISTRATION OF SOUTHERN CYPRUS (GASC) TO MILOSEVIC
With the death of the former Yugoslavian (FRY) President, Slobodan Milosevic, who symbolizes the ethnic cleansing in the Southeastern Europe and is regarded as the factor of the instability in the Balkans, an era has ended with all its secrets. The secret companies, the fate of the money smuggled abroad, money laundering and the delivery of war materials are among the issues to be illuminated. The GASC leader, Papadopoulos, who makes no concessions in the EU law and principles, and international law regarding the matters the of uniting the two communities in Cyprus and ensuring a solution to the question, established the secret companies of Milosevic while the civil war was going on in Yugoslavia, and run and saved the money stolen from the Yugoslavian people. The relations of Papadopoulos, mentioned about as the lawyer who laundered Milosevic’s money, with Milosevic are again being brought up with its all legal and political consequences. The blockade imposed on Milosevic was overcome thanks to Papadopoulos, the banks which helped him, and many off-shore companies. Even more, it is stated that being among the institutions, which protects Papadopoulos, the Cypriot Public Bank launders money, and this issue is included in the UN reports. As of Mach 2006, the United Nations launched an investigation to find 103 million Dollars embezzled by Milosevic during his reign. The mentioned money was discovered to be in the off-shore accounts in the GASC side. The investigation carried out by the UN-attached Financial Act Task Force (FATF) aims at discovering and freezing the secret accounts of Milosevic as soon as possible. On the other hand, in 2001, the Southern Cypriot administration and the Yugoslavian Central Bank wanted to investigate whether the former Yugoslavian President Milosevic laundered the money he embezzled and the Greek Cypriot government could not make any progress in this regard although the prosecutor General in Hague had given a guarantee. In 2004, Serbia wanted the Serbian money smuggled by Milosevic to the (GASC) to be returned. During that period, the issue of the smuggled Yugoslavian capital was sensationally covered in the Belgrade media. During his visit to the GASC in March 2001, the former Chairman of the Central Bank and the then Minister of Finance, Mladan Djinkic, claimed the 2 billion Euros kept in the Cypriot banks back. On the other hand, according to the documents of the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague (ITCY), it has been found out that from June 1995 to September 24, 1999, the banks named Vantervest, Lamoral, Browncourt and Vericon transferred 385 Deutsche Marks to the bank account no. 7073979 of the company called Abridge in Limassol, and that overall 18 money orders were sent. It has been determined that the banks Vantervest, Lamoral, Browncourt ve Vericon are four of the banks registered through Papadopoulos’s law office, and that 4.3 billion Dollars was sent the Northern Cyprus. Again the delivery of war materials by Milosevic via the GASC was turned a blind eye to. In the GASC, there are many companies the commercial fields of which are suspicious and the south of the Island remains to be an important center for secret accounts and laundering activities.