SUSPECTED FOREIGN FIGHTER TRANSPORTED TO BIH AND ORDERED INTO CUSTODY22.04.2019. 10:53
In accordance with the international obligations assumed by the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in particular UN Security Council Resolution no. 2396 and other related resolutions and the Additional Protocol of the Council of Europe to the Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (ETS 196), which Bosnia and Herzegovina has undertaken to comply with and implement based on membership in the United Nations and the Council of Europe, as well as in accordance with the membership in the Anti-Terrorism Coalition, the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH has, in cooperation with the BiH Border Police, the State Investigation and Protection Agency, the Ministry of Security of BiH, the Intelligence and Security Agency of BiH and Sarajevo Canto MoI, as well as in coordination and cooperation with the Government of the United States of America and the Embassy of the United States of America in Sarajevo, undertaken activities that resulted in the transfer of a BiH citizen from the Syrian battlefield against whom the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH is conducting an investigation for the criminal offenses of Organizing a Terrorist Group under article 202d (2) in conjunction with the criminal offense of Unlawful Establishing and Joining Foreign Paramilitary or Parapolice Formations under article 162 b (2) of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina and in conjunction with the criminal offense of Terrorism under article 201 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
An international arrest warrant was issued for this person pursuant to the Order of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as a Decision ordering Custody. The Judical Police officers of the Court of BiH have taken the individual to the Detention Unit of the Court of BiH. Criminal proceedings will continue in accordance with the law.
The Prosecutor’s Office of BiH expresses its further willingness and commitment to uphold the laws and international obligations in the fight against terrorism and would like to convey its gratitude to all the law enforcement agencies in BiH and particularly the United States Government and the US Embassy in Sarajevo, for their support and assistance in undertaking these activities.
Dear Media Representatives, when transmitting news please bear in mind that persons referred to in the news and information of the BiH Prosecutor's Office, have the status of a suspect or an accused person. Let us remind you of the principle of presumption of innocence, which defines that no person shall be considered guilty until his/her guilt has been established by a final verdict.