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The Security Services Control Committee Conducted the First Supervisory Visit to the Military Intelligence Agency

15. 07. 2013

Belgrade, July 15, 2013  Members of the Security Services Control Committee, led by Committee Chairperson Jadranka Joksimovic, realized their first supervisory visit to the Military Intelligence Agency (MIA), in accordance with the Committee Work Plan, with the aim of identifying facts on potential illegal practice of the MIA towards members of the Agency who had turned to the Inspector General of Services and Ombudsman.

The Delegation of the Committee consisted of MPs, members of the Committee: Igor Becic, Dragan Sutanovac, as well as deputy members of the Committee Miroljub Stojcic and Jozef Sandor.
The supervisory visit represents the continuation of the sitting of the Committee held on July 18, 2013, at which the Committee already discussed facts on potential illegal practice of the MIA, in case of members who had addressed to supervisory bodies.
The Security Services Control Committee accepts findings from the report of the Inspector General of Services identifying irregularities in the practice of the MIA when it comes to certain individuals, as well as most of Ombudsman’s recommendations. Members of the Committee were reserved to some of the findings and recommendations of Ombudsman in one of the cases. Their opinion was that the case did not consist of sufficient number of elements, based on which irregular practice of the Agency towards the member included in the case could be identified. The Committee’s stance is also that drafts of professional servicemen, in principle, represent an integral part of the military profession. Thus, drafts should not be the primary ground for turning to Ombudsman and other control bodies.
The Military Intelligence Agency showed a constructive and open approach during the supervisory visit of the members of the Committee, to whom it enabled an insight into complete documentation and unhindered talks with members of the Agency who had turned to control bodies.
By realizing the supervisory visit to the MIA, the Committee completed the first cycle of supervisory visits to security services, in accordance with the Committee Work Plan. After adopting minutes of the supervisory visits at the sitting of the Committee in September, the Committee will inform the public in more details on results of supervision in accordance with the Decision of the Committee on conducting direct supervision over the work of security services and in accordance with provisions of the Data Secrecy Law.

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