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Milović, a secret ex-specialist and Golob’s security guard, had as many as seven contracts with Gen-I

By: Domen Mezeg (Nova24TV.si)

“Milović, for whom the former head of the Slovenian police Lindav revealed that he sat in on all the meetings about the protection of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia without authorisation, is therefore a long-term mercenary of Golob. The Prime Minister’s explanations that Milović was giving advice for free were therefore plain deception. According to what we know now, the circle is Golob, Ribič, etc. In the past, he paid Milović with at least 0.5 million euros in contracts for his private company. The estimate is conservative, but the real figure is probably much higher. Milović entered into contracts with state-owned companies, so it is public money. As the article reveals, these are identical samples of contracts with different companies, and the evidence that “consulting services” were actually provided is, as we already know, lacking or practically non-existent. Therefore, the suspicions that these are fictitious contracts and possibly also money laundering are fully justified,” Mayer, editor-in-chief of Planet, summarised the findings so far.

It is now officially confirmed that Miloš Njegoslav Milović, the secret former special agent and security officer of Prime Minister Robert Golob, had as many as seven controversial contracts or annexes with Gen-I. The latter is known to have protected former Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek in the past. The company VPS Svetovanje, which is half-owned by Milović, signed seven contracts or annexes with Gen-I between November 2013 and October 2017, that is, during the time when it was still managed by Golob. This was confirmed for N1 Slovenia in the office of Mojca Prelesnik, information officer. Questions about Milović were raised by SDS MP Žan Mahnič with a parliamentary question last November. The SDS MP was interested in whether the statesman really arranged his security in a different way by changing the security regulation, which transferred the protection of the Prime Minister from the police to the government’s general secretariat. He was also interested in whether Milović was also in charge of security.

Golob defended himself, saying that this was a method of protection that was used by former Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek, and that Milović was not responsible for his protection, but rather a job at the General Secretariat of the Government. He also denied that Milović was employed in any capacity. This was the time when the Prime Minister and the former Minister of the Interior, Tatjana Bobnar, parted ways. She eventually resigned from her position, but today she is employed in the office of the president Nataša Pirc Musar. Golob then admitted that he and Bobnar parted ways due to, among other things, his protection, and the protection of his family. Then a photo appeared in the public in which Golob was together with a child in Brussels on June 23rd and 24th last year, which Golob used as an argument in defence of alternative protection. He also explained that it was for this reason that on June 28th, by changing the regulation, the Prime Minister’s security was transferred to the Government General Secretariat.

Bobnar and acting Director General of the Police Boštjan Lindav experienced this as a lack of confidence in the police work. But Lindav revealed that the decision regarding the change in security was made much earlier, namely a day before Golob’s government was appointed (May 31st, 2022). At that time, Lindav was with Bobnar at the Prime Minister’s house, where he met Milović for the first time. Already on June 3rd, the first meeting of the Police Centre for Protection and Security took place with the Government General Secretariat. The topic of the meeting was the amendment of the regulation. The next meeting took place on June 9th, and Milović was present throughout the process, which was particularly controversial for Lindav, since Milović was neither employed by the police nor the government. The non-appointment of Lindav for a full mandate finally led to a split between Bobnar and Golob. With all this, the question arose as to who pays Milović. Golob claimed that Milović gave him advice for free.

On the day of the election victory, he was at the headquarters of Svoboda

The same was said by some ministers from the ranks of the Gibanje Svoboda party, to whom he advised on security, including Minister of Health Danijel Bešič Loredan and Minister of Natural Resources and Space Uroš Brežan. In the case of the latter, also in the role of adviser to the municipality of Komenda. But the municipality has not yet paid Milović anything, and Milović defended himself by saying that the work is not yet finished. The topic of conversation was the closure of the Suhadole landfill. Komenda Mayor Jurij Kern has also been avoiding explanations for months. Svoboda also claimed that Milović was never paid for anything. It is already known that Milović was at the Svoboda headquarters in Cvetličarna in Ljubljana on the day of the election victory. Due to his presence at the gate, many believed that he was there in the role of a security guard, which is denied by the largest ruling party. His informal advice to government representatives was also checked by the Inspectorate for Internal Affairs.

But the process was stopped because it was not a matter of private security advice, but of advice to the state. At the same time, Milović defended himself at the Supreme Court by saying that he likes to help with small things and that he does not charge them. At least in the past, Milović was also paid by some energy companies, for example Elektro Ljubljana between April 2011 and October 2021 (308 thousand). At that time, the company in question was managed by Andrej Ribič, later one of the founding members of Svoboda, who described his services as a trade secret. After Ribič’s departure, the new president of the board, Marjan Ravnikar, terminated the contract with the “security guard” and called his services unnecessary, saying that they did not know exactly what Milović was doing for them. From Holding Slovenske elektrarne (HSE), the “security guard’s” company received more than 122 thousand. The contract was concluded in April 2011. At that time, HSE was headed by Matjaž Janežič, and both the latter and Milović live in Kamnik.

“It is the same pattern of payment as with Vuković and very likely also with Cirman”

HSE and VPS Svetovanje cooperated until August 2015. Milović’s contracts with Elektra Ljubljana and HSE are almost identical. The hourly rate was 80 euros without VAT, with 25 hours of legal assistance per month in the field of companies and consulting in the field of security measures being provided for each of the listed companies. From both companies, VPS Svetovanje received a total of 440 thousand, but the amount from Gen-I is not yet known. Bojan Požar: “It is the same pattern of payment as with Vesna Vuković (and very likely also with Primož Cirman given the proven fact that PC was the last owner of the parallel company VV), with money from the state company, with the signature of Robert Golob, today PV. These are actually quite terrifying discoveries, ripe for ex officio pre-trial proceedings.”

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