As the Prime Minister, Šarec claimed that he urgently needed to make personnel changes, to actually be able to get things done! All previous leaders were dismissed in his time – in the Police, the Slovenian Army, SOVA, FURS, NPU …

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In December of 2018, the then-Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Marjan Šarec, stated in an interview before New Year’s, at the national television, that he decided to try and win the elections with his own, new political party, in order to be able to actually make changes, and that was why he also made personnel changes In the Army, the Police, the National Bureau of Investigation (Nacionalni preiskovalni urad – hereinafter referred to as the NPU), and elsewhere. Today, it is clear that all the directors, leaders and heads of the key state institutions at the time were dismissed by Šarec’s Government – he replaced all of them with the people who were close to the political option at the time, or had helped them with favors in the past!

Let’s remember what happened – in an interview for TV Slovenija, then-Prime Minister Marjan Šarec spoke of the reason for personnel changed at the leadership of the Army, the Police, and elsewhere. He said that the reason for the changes was that when he was elected, he promised the people that things would be different, and as a new player in the field of national politics, he had to make the personnel changes if he wanted to get anything done. “Other things will surely happen too, where needed,” he promised in December 2018. The web portal MMC also reported on this – they even used Šarec’s statement on personnel changes as the headline of the article: Šarec: Personnel changes need to happen if I want to get things done as the new player on the political field.

So Šarec’s Government first changed the leadership of the Slovenian Armed Forces, the Police, and the NPU. For a brief period of time, Alen Geder was the Chief of the General Staff at the Army, but he was then quickly replaced by Alenka Ermenc. At the time, SDS MP Žan Mahnič wondered whether Šarec’s Government had resorted to such a radical approach because Geder had “made some changes at the leadership of the Slovenian Army and its units, replacing some incompetent and politically motivated officers who were mostly under the patronage of the SD party.”

What is ironic about this, is that now, during the time of Janez Janša’s third Government, SD’s MEP Milan Brglez is making misleading statements on Twitter, writing that there are certain governments that care about the democracy, and other governments which are “effective,” and what clearly bothers him the most is that the current Government had replaced the leadership of key state bodies. In his post, he also wondered who is next in line to be replaced, as this whole situation is supposedly very “textbook-like.” Of course, these “textbooks” on the changes of leadership were probably written by the SD party itself, as there is actually no area where they would not have their subjects set.

And while the current opposition and its members, among which MEP Tanja Fajon stands out, are mourning democracy that supposedly died with Janša, it should not be overlooked that the Military Police, during the time of the former Minister of Defence Karl Erjavec and Alenka Emenc, did a house search – of a civilian’s home! The illegal intrusion into the privacy of an ordinary Slovenian citizen was then confirmed by the Strategic Communication Service of the Ministry of Defense. Obviously, the democracy in Slovenia fell long before Janša.

Šarec’s Government also subjugated the Police very early in their term. Thus, on October 5th, 2018, they appointed Tatjana Bobnar as the acting Director-General of the Police. It seems that she proved to be a good “watchdog,” loyal to Šarec’s Government, when she blocked the unannounced supervision by the authorized group of the parliamentary Commission for the Supervision of Intelligence and Security Services (Komisija za nadzor obveščevalnih in varnostnih služb) at the National Bureau of Investigation. We also wrote about Bobnar in connection to Andrej Magajna; as Bobnar did not even investigate the background of the abuses in his case. She further confirmed the doubts of the Police being politicized with her obstructing and inaction. She also apparently did not do much to help stop the wave of migrants. In this case, the question arises again, why such passiveness? Perhaps because the migrants are, so to speak, proverbially the new voters of the left? So, even in this respect, the motive for her decisions are the political interests for retaining power.

With the left-wing attacks that happened because of certain replacements, a question arises: why was the previous Government, which was led by Marjan Šarec, allowed to appoint Darko Muženič as the Director of the NPU and thus dismiss Darko Majhenič from the post, but the current Government is not allowed to do so? Majhenič was appointed to the leadership position of the NPU by then-Director of the Police, Stanislav Veniger in August 2013, during Alenka Bratušek’s Government, and later, Bobnar chose Muženič, the former Director of the Office for Money Laundering Prevention, for this position.

The banking criminals had nothing to fear during Majhenič’s term
Majhenič, who was appointed by Bratušek, was also not a great choice. In August 2019, the former Minister of the Interior, dr. Vinko Gorenak, assessed Majhenič’s work as bad, as he lobbied a lot in both the left and the right, during the time before his appointment, which says a lot about him: “During his time at the NPU, the banking and economic crime flourished. We know that we had to spend just under five billion euros for the rehabilitation of banks, and more than three billion euros had disappeared in the banks, but the NPU only filed criminal complaints against a few suspects, for only a few hundred million euros.” It is obvious that the banking criminals had nothing to fear during Majhenič’s term.

During Pahor’s Government, Muženič overlooked the billion-euro money laundering for the financing of terrorism in the NLB
As previously mentioned, Majhenič was then replaced by Muženic at the NPU. The Police stated in a press release that Muženič is known to the domestic public, as well as the public abroad, for his professionalism and sovereign leadership policies. But apparently, the information on Muženič is very different, as we later found out from an official Police statement. According to our information, Muženič left the investigating of the purchasing of the masks and ventilators in the hands of the police officer Mitja Gregorc, who became known to the public because of his engaging in the business of debt recovery. And even before that, during the time of Pahor’s Government, between 2009 and 2011, Muženič proved his incompetence in the position of Director of the Office for Money Laundering Prevention, as the Iranian regime managed to launder almost a billion euros through the state-run NLB, which was run by politics then.

Šarec’s Government also set its own man at the very top of SOVA – Rajko Kozmelj. The bizarre thing about all this is that Kozmel’s only concern was to hire Šarec’s alleged mistress, Nataša H., which marked the beginning of the end of Šarec’s Government. As Požareport wrote at the time, Kozmelj began arranging for Nataša H. to get the job on the very same day as he became the Director of SOVA! It then became at least partially clear why Šarec himself proposed Kozmelj for the Director of SOVA.

But there was more than just what we have already mentioned, Šarec’s Government replaced the entire management team of the Financial Administration of the Republic of Slovenia (Finančna uprava Republike Slovenije – hereinafter referred to as FURS), which is something that Janša’s Government did not do. So since November 2019, FURS has been run by Peter Jenko. Šarec’s Government expected him to carry out the tax reform, about which we heard very little after he was appointed.

Below, you can see a timeline of the changes that took place during the previous Government’s term:

20. 9. 2018: Boštjan Lindav would take over the position of Director of the Criminal Police Administration on September 24th, 2018. According to some media reports, his predecessor, Branko Japelj, formally took a job in Serbia.

27. 9. 2018: Šarec’s Government dismissed Zoran Klemenčič from the position of Director-General of SOVA. They appointed Rajko Kozmelj as the new Director of SOVA.

4. 10. 2018: Šarec’s Government dismissed Simon Velički from the position of Director-General of the Police. On October 5th, 2018, they appointed mag. Tatjana Bobnar to the post.

11. 10. 2018: Šarec’s Government dismissed Franc Trbovšek from the position of Director-General of the Intelligence and Security Service of the Ministry of Defence. they appointed Dejan Matijevič to the position, for a period of five years.

27. 11. 2018: Marjan Šarec’s Government dismissed Alan Geder from the position of Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces. Alenko Ermenc was appointed to the position on November 29th, 2018.

1. 6. 2019: Darko Muženič, the former Director of the Office for Money Laundering Prevention took over the managing of the National Bureau of Investigation. Then-Director of the NPU, Darko Majhenič’s five-year term ended at the end of the previous year, and since then, he had been in charge of the NPU as the acting Director.

7. 11. 2019: At a correspondence session, the Government appointed the acting Director Branka Glojnarič as the Director-General of the Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Money Laundering Prevention; her term began on December 1st, 2019. The Government dismissed Muženič, whose term as Director of this body within the Ministry of Finance would have otherwise ended on February 21st, 2023, but he then resigned and took over the management of the National Bureau of Investigation in June.

It is obvious that the current opposition is accusing the new Government of what it itself has regularly done in the past. Therefore, it is hard to understand why Šarec’s MP, Jerca Korče, is complaining on Twitter: “They dismissed the Director-General of the Police, who, according to Žan Mahnič, was hit by the future; they replaced the personnel in the Criminal Police, the Office for Money Laundering Prevention, and today, the NPU. These replacements are in no way allowed by the law.” It is interesting how nowadays even high school graduates seem to be experts in legislation …

Barbara Majdič