TEAM UZUNOV EXCLUSIVE:
De-classified Australian immigration file reveals:
BORIS TRAJKOV - SBS JOURNALIST HAD CRIMINAL RAP-SHEET – SBS Management refused to investigate despite hundreds of complaints
by Sasha Uzunov
A long-time Special Broadcast Service (SBS) Radio journalist with the Macedonian language program had criminal convictions for illegal gambling and attempted bribery of Victoria Police officers, according to a de-classified Commonwealth immigration file (1966-72) lodged with the National Archives of Australia.
Mr Boris Trajkov, who worked for the Australian public ethnic broadcaster SBS (3EA radio station in Melbourne) from 1975 to 2000, was convicted in 1969 of running a cafe/restaurant in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy where he permitted illegal gambling, known as gaming, to take place in a back room and sold sly grog (illegal alcohol).
When raided by Victoria Police, Mr Trajkov offered two policemen, Senior Constable G.F. Jacobs and Constable O'Shannasy a bribe. But the cops refused.
In 1991 an official complaint was lodged by a Macedonian community organisation with SBS Management about Mr Trajkov, but no employee police check was conducted, which is mandatory in the Australian public service.
A previous search with the National Archives of Australia has revealed that the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) opened a file on Mr Trajkov because of his close association with diplomats from the then communist Yugoslavia.
In a previous story, parts which were not published for legal reasons, Mr Trajkov denied he had criminal convictions but claimed he was the victim of "mistaken identity."
Mr Trajkov emigrated to Australia in 1967 from then Yugoslav controlled Macedonia, and opened a cafe/ restaurant in Melbourne.
Victoria Police report of conviction - Boris Trajkov, 1969.
In 1991 The United Macedonians of Victoria organisation wrote to SBS Management and the then Minister for Communications, Kim Beazley, raising concerns about Mr Trajkov's past.
SBS's investigation included asking Mr Trajkov about his past activities, which he denied. No employee police check, which is mandatory for the Australian Public Service, was conducted. Instead Mr Trajkov threatened to take legal action. However, since 1991 no writ for defamation has been lodged with the Victorian Supreme Court by Mr Trajkov.
The letter from SBS Management in response to complaints about Mr Trajkov.
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