The founder of Serbian cellular operator Mobtel has denied any wrongdoing following allegations of financial irregularities. Bogoljub Karic, a politician who is also being accused of bribing opponents, claims that his stake in Mobtel was transferred to a group of Austrian investors led by Martin Schlaff in mid-2005. According to a report from news agency AKI, his aides have suggested that the government’s decision last week to revoke Mobtel’s licence is part of a “media lynching” in preparation for his “political liquidation”. The government has withdrawn Mobtel’s concession, claiming it has signed a “damaging contract” with Mobikos, a Kosovan mobile operator led by an ethnic Albanian group. Meanwhile, Mobtel investor Schlaff is facing separate charges of bribery connected with Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon.
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