Montenegro trial accuses medators of misusing funds in purchase of respirators

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Montenegro trial accuses medators of misusing funds in purchase of respirators

Fikret Hodzic's defense witness said that the mediators in the procurement of respirators for the Federation of Bosnia and HerzegovinaFederation of Bosnia and Herzegovina FBiH did not have an agreement on increasing prices in order to obtain a financial benefit.

Sanja Lekic, owner of BTL Medical from Podgorica, who facilitated the procurement of respirators for the Federation in the spring of 2020, testified via a video link from Montenegro at the invitation of the Defense of Hodzic.

Lekic said that her company procured 15 respirators for the Clinical Center of Montenegro and then made a contract with Sinopharm from Belgrade for the procurement of 200 pieces of ACM 812 A respirators, the same model that the Federation will later order.

The witness said Sinopharm terminated the contract due to untimely delivery and that the case is in court. When asked by defense attorney Mirna Avdibegovic if it would be true if someone claimed that 100 of those 200 respirators were delivered to the Federation, Lekic replied that they wouldn't.

Lekic said she had a mediation agreement with Hodzic because she did not want to be a supplier, so that the situation with delivery deadlines would not repeat. She gave the prices to Hodzic that were offered to her.

She explained that the contract stipulated a commission of 150.000 euros. She claims that most of the commission was intended for her business partner Semir Ceric from London. She said that the money was never paid to her.

The prices of respirators changed drastically in the beginning of the epidemic, according to Lekic. The trial continues on November 30th with the hearing of witnesses from the accused Milicevic, according to Detektor.