ITALIAN STATE PROSECUTOR

OCTOBER 30 2008 10:52h

Pukanic Was Key Witness In Mafia Investigation

The coffin of Ivo Pukanic.

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Italian Prosecutor Giuseppe Scelsi reminds that Jovanovic, director of the Dan paper was killed the same way.

Apart from Ivo Pukanic, only more reports were published in the Italian media after the death of Josip Broz Tito. Since the assassination on Nacional weekly co-f ounder Ivo Pukanic and the paper`s marketing director Niko Franjic, until today. Even the Corriere della sera paper with the largest circulation, 775,000 copies, published an extensive report after the assassination. Italian media mostly published what Croatian media wrote.

However, Trieste-based Ill Piccolo publishes extensive articles on a daily basis. Entitled “Pukanic Murder: 11 Arrested In Rijeka”, published on October 29, in the fifth page, one article brings two images of Croatian President Stjepan Mesic and the late Pukanic. Seeing how the paper was writing about the famous cigarette scandal, where Montenegro Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic is mentioned, the statement of Italian Prosecutor for Bari, Giuseppe Scelsi, is highly significant.

- We are disturbed because the Croatian reporter was one of the most important witnesses in our investigation on the Balkan mafia – Scelsi said.

He added that Dusko Jovanovic was among the witnesses, director of the Belgrade-based Dan paper, who was killed in an ambush on May 27, 2004.

- Jovanovic reported Nacional`s writings several years ago. It such a situation, the Antimafia Direction will request the case to be archived because the Prime Minister of Podgorica Djukanovic has diplomatic immunity – state Prosecutor Scelsi continued.