National Security Agency
Montenegrin Deputy PM Dritan Abazovic and former head of National Security Agency Dejan Perunicic (right). Photo: Government of Montenegro
Special State Prosecutor Milivoje Katnic said Perunicic is suspected of abuse of office, after conforming that an illegal surveillance bug was found in his office.
European countries have pressed the US and Denmark over reports the two worked together to spy on top European politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Danish broadcaster DR said Denmark's Defence Intelligence Service (FE) collaborated with the US National Security Agency (NSA) to gather information from 2012 to 2014.
Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnic (centre) at a press conference in Podgorica. Photo: PR Centar.
"A case was established at the Special State Prosecutor's Office and a pre-investigation process has been launched. More information and data cannot be disclosed in order to protect the criminal proceedings," the Special Prosecutor's Office told BIRN.
National Security Agency boss Dejan Vuksic, meeting with Montenegrin Deputy PM Dritan Abazovic. Photo:Photo: Government of Montenegro
"There is evidence … that part of the documentation was destroyed - files on secret data collection made without a previous decision in accordance with the law," Vuksic told the daily newspaper Vijesti.