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Serbian court reopens case against former SBU general Naumov

Andriy Naumov
Andriy Naumov

The High Court in Serbia’s Niš will run a retrial of the case of former SBU (Ukraine’s security service) General Andriy Naumov, who had previously been convicted of money laundering, RFE/RL reported on March 18.

Defense attorneys told journalists that the money laundering charges lacked the necessary elements to constitute a criminal offense. However, "it might involve a currency-related crime," the report said.

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"In this case, Naumov could be held accountable for a misdemeanor rather than under criminal law," said Naumov's legal representative, Edwin Prelich.

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Meanwhile, the prosecution presented new evidence concerning the alleged forgery of a document that supports the claim that the EUR 530,000 ($576,000) found during a search of Naumov's car were funds borrowed by his father, Oleg, from business partner Vadim Fridman. The money was discovered in Naumov's possession at the Serbia-North Macedonia border in June 2022.

The hearing for the case has been scheduled for April 19.

On Sept. 29, 2023, the same court sentenced Naumov to one year in prison on money laundering charges.

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