The Malta Independent 4 December 2020, Friday

Updated: Serb accused of killing Hugo Chetcuti has ‘armed robbery’ past; Funeral details announced

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 13:03 Last update: about 3 years ago

The Chetcuti Family and The Hugo's Group have announced that the funeral of Hugo Chetcuti will take place on Thursday 19 July at 10am at Christ the King Church, Pjazza Antione De Paule, Paola.

A Facebook post on Hugo's Hotels group reads: "During the service, attendees are requested to wear black, turn off mobiles and to refrain from filming. In keeping with Hugo's personal convictions, in lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Ursuline Creche, Triq Karm Galea, Sliema, Malta, SLM 1934 (donations can be made online at"

Earlier today it was reported that the man accused of killing Paceville entrepreneur Hugo Chetcuti was using a false name and a fake passport, and had a history of armed robbery. This was said by a former acquaintance to Lovin Malta. 

Bojan Cmelik, 35, stabbed Chetcuti twice in the stomach on Friday 6 June. The businessman died six days later in hospital. The Serbian man was arrested after a chase and was later charged with attempted murder. That charge will now be converted to murder.

According to the report, the accused’s name is actually Bojan Mitic. He was reportedly using a fake passport in Malta.

The man was described as having a “rich” criminal history in Serbia and the Maltese police are investigating his past. 

Mitic had in fact served time in prison in Serbia.

Bojan Cmelik - Photo: Net News

Mitic had participated in many armed robberies in Serbia. He was one of seven men who were arrested for armed robbery in 2005 in Belgrade. Over six million Serbian dinars were stolen in the heist. Mitic managed to escape but was arrested a few days later. The police had found large quantities of cash, weapons, ammunition and ‘phantom’ cash registers in his apartment.

 He spent six years in jail and was released in 2016.

Hugo Chetcuti

The acquaintance said: “I've known Bojan since childhood. I remember he was an athlete, he liked basketball. I cannot believe he did this. He was normal.”

Mitic reportedly came to Malta shortly after his release from prison. He found work at one of Chetcuti’s establishments, where his brother also worked.

Bojan’s brother fled Malta after Chetcuti’s murder, it is being reported. 

The Malta Indpendent had revealed that the Serb was a formed employee at one of Hugo’s establishments. A company spokesperson later said Cmelik had been dismissed some eight months ago but there were no signs of animosity at the time.

Last week, lawyer Joe Giglio, who is representing the Chetcuti family, said the Serb had been sacked after he was found to be drunk on the job. The lawyer also said Cmelik was “mentally disturbed.”


Main photo: James Caruana

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