The head of Montenegro’s State Audit Institution, SAI, has quit after clips of a sexual encounter with an unknown woman hit media in the region.
Miroslav Ivanisevic, former finance minister and president of the SAI, has resigned after finding himself at the centre of a sex scandal on Wednesday.
Leading opposition dailies Dan and Vijesti published a picture of him in his underwear in his office along with the decription of recordings uploaded on YouTube on March 17.
The clips reveal a sexually intimate conversation between the minister and a younger woman.
“I am informing the Montenegrin public that I am submitting my irrevocable resignation… assessing that my behaviour, which has attracted the attention of the media and the public, is unsuitable for my state function,” Ivanisevic said in a statement.
Ivanisevic was finance minister from 1998 to 2004 and deputy prime minister from 2004 to 2006.
A court in Bari, Italy, accused him of being connected to crime group engaged in cigarette smuggling and money laundering, but acquitted him in 2010.
In June 2012, the newspaper Vijesti revealed that the government paid 250,000 euro for the legal fees for his Italian trial because “the case was connected to activities which Ivanisevic undertook as a member of the government and, hence, were significant for Montenegro’s international position.”
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