Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic’s workplace known as on Tuesday for an inner investigation after a person falsely claiming to be Prince Stefan Cernetic of Montenegro and Macedonia attended the nation’s Statehood Day celebration in Cetinje.
On July 13, the person posted pictures in his pretend prince guise on his Fb web page from the Statehood Day celebration hosted by Djukanovic.
“Cernetic was not on the listing of visitors drawn up by the Workplace of the President of Montenegro. The Workplace of the President just isn’t answerable for check-ups on the visitors coming into the reception,” Djukanovic’s workplace advised BIRN.
“We name upon the related companies to analyze how this oversight occurred,” it added.
On his Fb web page, Cernetic posted images from the celebration posing with Djukanovic and Montenegrin Prince Nikola Petrovic Njegos, the grandson of King Nikola, who dominated the nation between 1860 and 1918.
On the identical day, Cernetic was hosted by the highest bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, Metropolitan Joanikije, who baptised Cernetic’s son Ivan.
“His Imperial and Royal Highness the Prince of Montenegro, on the reception with Mitropolit Joanikije… The event was the christening of Prince Ivan, the second son of Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Montenegro,” Cernetic wrote on Fb.
The Serbian Orthodox Church and Cernetic didn’t reply to BIRN’s queries about how the assembly was organised.
Sixty-two-year-old Cernetic is definitely a meals journalist who was born in Torino, Italy.
He made worldwide headlines in June 2017 when he was accused in Italy of fraud after fooling native authorities, diplomats and Hollywood actor Pamela Anderson into considering he was a prince from Montenegro.
Police within the city of Brindisi claimed that Cernetic and one different individual travelled round Italy in a Mercedes bearing the Republic of Montenegro’s diplomatic plates and flags.
However they attracted suspicion by spending every week at a luxurious resort in Puglia. When the resort offered the invoice to the Montenegrin International Ministry, it refused to pay.
Media reported that in the course of the investigation, the Italian authorities confiscated a lot of counterfeit stamps, diplomatic permits, and certificates of worldwide awards emblazoned with the Montenegrin coat of arms and logos.
The Montenegrin embassy in Italy warned that Cernetic “speaks and acts as an individual who’s current and influential in Montenegrin establishments, which is completely not true”.
The pretend prince’s Fb web page, created in February 2014, attests to the number of distinguished folks he has met. He has additionally conferred nugatory knighthoods, awards and different honors on lots of them.
Amongst his images are enterprise tycoons, politicians, real royals resembling Monaco’s Prince Albert II, and high-ranking members of the Catholic and Orthodox church buildings.
Cernetic met Pamela Anderson in November 2014 and gave her what he claimed was a damehood. He named the actor Countess of Lilies for her “contribution to the safety of marine animals”.