Franz Kafka, “The Trial”
In an article worthy of gutter press, reputed journalist Dimitrije Boarov published a series of false accusations about the business past of Tomislav Đorđević.
Among other things, Boarov recycles insinuations regarding a shipment of goods that went missing during the war in the former Yugoslavia, which first surfaced in the media in 1996, when Dragoslav Bokan, paramilitary leader of the White Eagles, was arrested for attacking the Đorđević family and robbing Tomislav Đorđević four years earlier. During Bokan’s trial, Tomislav was presented in the press as a suspicious businessman who was paid a visit by debt collectors. Siber Hegner was a Swiss supplier of a company of Tomislav Đorđević, whose one shipment disappeared on the battlefield. Siber Hegner was said to have allegedly contracted Bokan to collect debt from Tomislav Đorđević.
The attack on the Đorđević family in 1992 by members of Bokan’s paramilitary unit occurred after Tomislav Đorđević came out in support of the presidential candidate Milan Panić. During the trial of Bokan and his accomplices it was proven that the perpetrators were not collecting any debt, that they kept the money for themselves and partly spent it on the formation of their political party. They were convicted for their offence. These facts never found their way back into the regime-controlled media.
Swiss firm Siber Hegner never initiated nor had any dispute with Tomislav Đorđević, nor with any one of his companies.
A company, co-owned by Tomislav Đorđević, ordered a consignment of TVs from Siber Hegner in 1991 and negotiated payment by letter of credit upon delivery. YUCO ELECTRONICS deposited funds with Serbian Panonska Bank, as 100% cover for the letter of credit.
One consignment was never delivered because of the war in Croatia, where an entire train with TVs was robbed. The train never crossed the Serbian border, as confirmed by a certificate issued by Yugoslav railways, which was submitted to DDOR Novi Sad – the organisation responsible for the recording of claims related to war damages in Croatia.
Panonska Bank never transferred the deposited funds to the seller, nor did it return the deposit back to YUCO ELECTRONICS. This company was left without the goods and without its own money. After 12 years in court, in 2005 Panonska Bank finally compensated Tomislav Đorđević’s company.
After reading the article by Dimitrije Boarov following his release from detention, Tomislav Đorđević wrote to Vreme disputing the accusations and requesting that he is allowed to contest them, in accordance with the Law on public information and professional ethics. His letters remained unanswered.
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