Ronald Lauder, founder of Romanian Pro TV’s parent company CME resigns from board

March 17, 2014 10:53 am
Ronald Lauder, founder of Romanian Pro TV’s parent company CME resigns from board

by Irina Popescu

American businessman, billionaire, and philanthropist Ronald S. Lauder, a founder of media group Central European Media Enterprises (CME), the company that owns Pro TV in Romania, has resigned from the company’s board, according to a CME statement.

Ronald Lauder “has been instrumental to the establishment and growth of independent television broadcasting in Central and Eastern Europe, beginning with the launch of TV Nova in the Czech Republic in 1994 as that country’s first commercial broadcaster,” reads the statement.

He has been the non-executive chairman of the company’s Board of Directors for the past 20 years. Ronald Lauder is the son of the late Joseph and Estée Lauder, founders of Estée Lauder, Inc and was born in 1944. More about him here.

The American businessman’s resignation comes less than a year after Romanian Adrian Sarbu resigned as president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the media group. Lauder and Sarbu together launched the Romanian ProTV in the 90s, which was later sold to the CME group.

CME is a media and entertainment company operating in six Central and Eastern European markets with a total population of some 50 million people.

In Romania, the company runs Pro TV, Pro TV International, Acasa, Acasa Gold, Pro Cinema,, MTV Romania, Pro TV Chisinau and Acasa in Moldova.

The company also has broadcast operations in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia.

CME is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and the Prague Stock Exchange under the symbol “CETV”.

Irina Popescu,

Der Kokain König: Darko Saric wurde verhaftet

Geldwäsche ohne Ende, über Österreichische Banken, wo praktisch ebenso die Griechischen Banken, oder die American Bank of Albania Motor der Geldwäsche sind.

Serbian police have registered Keljmendi as a chief of a clan holding Kosovo with gangs of the Osmani brothers *and Ekrem Luka. They were financiers of political projects by Ramush Haradinaj and Hashim Thaci.

* Die Osmanis’s waren die engsten Partner auch der Hamburger Senats Mafia, von Ilir Meta vor allem, ebenso der Bestechungs Lobbyisten des Ost Ausschusses der Deutschen Wirtschaft, dem DAW in Albanien usw.. „“Konkret, eine Stadt wie Hamburg. Denn hier im Hamburger Rathaus war vor nicht allzu langer Zeit ein Politiker aktiv, der die Kriminellen bekämpfen wollte, damit Stimmung machte: Ronald Barnabas Schill. Doch ausgerechnet ein Mitglied seiner Fraktion arbeitete in der Vergangenheit in einem Etablissement des Osmani-Clans. Und es war Schill, der ausgerechnet den Anwalt zum Staatsrat machte, dessen Partner in der gemeinsamen Anwaltskanzlei die Osmanis als Mandanten hatte: Walter Wellinghausen. Und auch der ehemalige zweite Bürgermeister, Mario Mettbach, ebenfalls von der Schill-Partei, ist heute als Berater für Burim Osmani tätig. Und sieht darin, wie er sagt, kein Problem.““ Identischer Anwalt, wie Gerhard Schröder,

Michael Nesselhauf, gut bekannt in Politischen Zirkeln, bis er Partner der Albaner Mafia wurde. Frank Walter Steinmeier trat als Schutzherr der Albaner Mafia, denn man wollte ja Geschäfte machen.

Mafia-Anwalt Michael Nesselhauf droht Gerichtsreporter 14.05.2007

Serbiens flüchtiger „Kokain-König“ Darko Saric festgenommen

Belgrad/Podgorica. Der seit 2009 flüchtige serbische „Kokain-König“ Darko Saric ist am Dienstagfrüh festgenommen worden. Laut Belgrader Medienberichten erfolgte die Festnahme in einer gemeinsamen Aktion der serbischen und der montenegrinischen Polizei. Weitere Details waren zuerst unbekannt.

Serbiens Premier Ivica Dacic und Vizepremier Aleksandar Vucic hatte in den letzten Tagen eine baldige Festnahme von Saric in Sicht gestellt. Gegen den 45-jährigen, aus dem nordmontenegrinischen Pljevlje gebürtigen Kokain-Schmuggler läuft in Belgrad ein Verfahren wegen des Versuchs, im Jahre 2009 rund 2,5 Tonen Kokain aus Südamerika nach Europa zu schmuggeln. Auch 2008 soll er 1,1 Tonnen Kokain umgeschlagen haben. Sarics Vermögen in Serbien – zahlreiche Immobilien in Belgrad und in der Vojvodina – wurde vorübergehend beschlagnahmt.


Serbia: Security Firm connected to Drug Lord PDF Print E-mail


Darko Šarić

The Serbian Ministry of Interior (MUP) twice issued permits to a security firm operating out of an apartment associated with fugitive drug dealer Darko Šarić, who allegedly tried to import 2.7 tons of cocaine from South America.

MUP issued permits in 2006 and 2007 to Total Security System and owner Marko Šarić allowing them to buy and possess eight guns, the ministry said in a reply to questions by the Center for Investigative Reporting in Serbia (CINS).

By Stevan Dojčinović

The address listed on Total Security System’s matches the Belgrade apartment of Duško Šarić, Darko’s brother. MUP did not specify in its reply whether the firearm licenses have been revoked. The police searched an apartment on Arsenije Čarnojević Boulevard in Novi Beograd in February 2010, and at the same time a neighboring apartment that police believe was owned by Darko Šarić. That apartment was sealed and impounded by the police.

According to the records of the Serbian Business Registtry, Total Security System was established on June 2, 2005 by Marko Šarić, who was born in Pljevlje in 1955. Pljevlje is the same small town where Darko Šarić is from but it is not clear how or if the two are related.

The company was registered at the same Arsenije Čarnojević address in June 2007. Phone records are in the name of Duško Šarić. The newspaper Blic published photos in March of a passage between the two apartments connecting them together.

Licenses for Eight Guns

According to documents received from MUP under the Freedom of Information Law, Total Security System was issued firearms licenses March 27, 2006 and September 19, 2007 allowing the firm to possess four guns with each permit. However, the police declined to release the document granting the permits even though it should be on file at the Novi Beograd police station. The Novi Beograd police referred reporters to the Police Bureau of Information, which cited privacy laws for not releasing the documents.

CINS observed security guards with Total Security insignias in several locations, indicating the firm appears to be still active in the security business….

Serbia: Security Firm connected to Drug Lord PDF Print E-mail
Darko Šarić took part in a number of privatizations in Serbia via the firm including the privatization of a number of hotels (check out CINS’s scheme of Šarić’s business here).

Fugitive Darko Šarić arrested, transferred to Belgrade

March 18, 2014 | 09:25 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send commentBELGRADE — Fugitive suspected drug boss Darko Šarić was arrested o Tuesday morning in a join operation headed by Serbian and Montenegrin justice ministers.


Alleged Balkan Drugs Lord Darko Saric Surrenders

Saric, who is accused of heading an organised-crime gang involved in large-scale drug smuggling, gave himself up to the Serbian authorities after being on the run in Latin America.


Phebe Novakovic provided plane to take Saric to Podgorica

vuk z. cvijić, MOMIR ILIĆ, TAMARA MARKOVIĆ SUBOTA | 20. 03. 2014. – 02:00h | Comments 0

Former CIA officer of Serbian origin is a director of the company that provided a plane by which suspected drug lord Darko Saric was taken to Podgorica.

That is the plane of a Swiss company from Zurich, the ‘Jet Aviation’ under control of the well known American corporation the ‘General Dynamics’ led by its Director Phebe Novakovic.
The flight by which Saric flew to Podgorica Airport was recorded by the international public data base as ‘unknown’ at the request of the company’s owner. Yesterday the same plane had a flight from Vienna and those data were available in the data base.
According to half-officially presented data Saric was in Venezuela, Columbia, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. There is also information that the CIA was making pressure on the local drug dealing clans and because of that pressure Saric allegedly lost their support.
The media in Montenegro aired a video footage of a plane with Saric onboard landing at Podgorica Airport at 06.30.
– According to the first version a plane with Swiss insignia ‘HB-JKC’ with Saric on board took off in Dubai. It is not to be forgotten that Saric’s wife is in Dubai at the moment. Accidentally or not, businessman Mile Jerkovic, a witness in the process against Saric, is also in that city – the Blic source says.
This source adds that one should not exclude the possibility that Darko Saric came to Podgorica ‘in a quite different way, from a country much closer to Serbia than the Emirates’.
Businessman Mile Jerkovic, one of the witnesses in the process against Saric who recently left to Dubai with police protection, has not returned to Serbia yet. He got sick in Dubai……..

Rade Rakonjac killed, Stojan Novakovic and Goran Ristanovic wounded in the center of Belgrade

Arkan’s Godfather victim of the Montenegrins

Tamara M. Subota | 03. 04. 2014. – 02:00h | Foto: E. Conkic | Comments 0

Rade Rakonjac, a friend of Zeljko Raznatovic Arkan and Luka Bojovic has been killed with five shots.

Rade Rakonjac

In a shooting in the garden of the Mariki Café, Stojan Novakovic and Goran Ristanovic, also Arkan’s friends were wounded. The three of them came to the café at 11.35, set at a table in the garden and ordered coffee. Five minutes later a man in camouflage uniform appeared and opened fire from a machine gun.
– Rakonjac was the target. He was shot in the neck and chests with five bullets. Novakovic and Ristanovic were shot in the legs. The man in a camouflage uniform then turned away, went into the street and set into an ‘Alfa Romeo’ car in which a driver was waiting form him – the Belgrade police announced.
At the moment when the police received the call about shooting and sending emergency vehicle to the Zvecanksa Street, information was received: an ‘Alfa Romeo’ car was set on fire at the Radovan Simic Street. As it turned out it was a car in which the murderer had run away. The automatic gun was also destroyed in the fire. It is believed that a ‘transport team’ has waited for the murderer and the driver there….