“Janša must be killed, killed, killed …,” threatened the former member of UDBA Zemljarič while banging on a desk

Janez Zemljarič (Foto: Matic Štojs)

Janša must be killed, killed, killed,” screamed Janez Zemljarič, former leader of UDBA and one of the main puppet masters in the background, while furiously banging on a desk at a meeting of influential former UDBA members. The police report also records events at one of the meetings in the nineties, when there had also been talk of liquidating Janša. A person nicknamed Dule, who had been a former leader of the state security services for the Primorska region (according to our information it had been Dušan Moljk) had said that Janša should have been shot when Slovenia was gaining its independence, when there was still time for that.

It was in 2012 when investigators from the Criminal Police Directorate (UKP) obtained the information that at the end of November 2012 there had been a meeting in the business premises of Janez Zemljarič, the former leading member of UDBA and one of the most important former members of the League of Communists of Slovenia. The meeting had allegedly involved threats against lives. What springs to mind are the “leaden” seventies, when UDBA had been led by the same person who now uttered the murderous words “Janša must be killed, killed, killed”, the difference being that back then numerous political opponents of the Yugoslav Communist regime actually lost their lives.

A while ago, the historian Roman Leljak uncovered documents which imply that in the seventies Zemljarič had ordered the murder of the former Croatian emigrant and former lieutenant of the Croatian Home Guard Nikica Martinović. Allegedly, Martinovič had been killed by the Slovenian State Security Service when Zemljarič himself had been its head.

What upset the former UDBA member Zemljarič? Greed and money
The police report of December 2012 shows that Zemljarič was joined by a company of different people whose expensive and damaging business dealings with the state had seemingly been interrupted by Janša’s government. This infuriated the former influential communist, and he started making death threats with abandon. On the free market, Zemljarič’s enterprise has not even earned enough for an average salary, but since the very beginning of the Slovenian transition he has been entering into state transactions worth millions of euros, and he has also been lobbying though he is not officially registered as a lobbyist. Today, the 89-year-old former member of the League of Communists of Slovenia also exploits his influence from his time as the director of the University Medical Centre in Ljubljana to control a large share of medical transactions. In recent years, he has mostly appeared in the media at times of house searches by the police, but there has not been any real judicial action against him yet since he is one of the most influential puppet masters in the background. We have send questions about the actions of the investigators in the above-mentioned scandalous case to the Slovenian Police but have not yet received an answer.

The plan for liquidating Janša was already being put together in the nineties
But the report also reveals another scandalous detail from the nineties. A person who wants to remain anonymous was present at one of Zemljarič’s meetings during which everything again revolved around Janša. They already talked about Janša back then, calling him a disruptive element in Slovenian politics. So disruptive that they were putting together a plan for getting rid of him or disabling his political activity. The meeting was also attended by a person nicknamed Dule, who was a former member of the state security services for the Primorska region, and he allegedly said that Janez Janša should have been shot when there had still been time for that, when Slovenia had been gaining its independence. According to information from the UDBA archives, Dule is none other than Dušan Moljk, the former municipal councillor of the Social Democrats in the municipality of Izola and former head of the State Security Service Centre in Koper.

C. Š.