BIH PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE CARRIES OUT ACTION TO FIGHT ORGANIZED SMUGGLING OF LARGE AMOUNTS OF TOBACCO27.01.2021. 14:03
On an order of a Prosecutor from the Special Department for Organized Crime, Economic Crime and Corruption, an action was carried out in the areas of Foča and Bijeljina, aimed at several suspects who are subject to investigation as an organized criminal group engaged in illicit trade in excise products.
The unlawful sale of cigarettes and tobacco products illegally distributed on the black market in Bosnia and Herzegovina caused great damage to the budget of Bosnia and Herzegovina due to tax and excise evasion, and the suspects acquired great material gain through the commission of these criminal offences.
These activities are a result of several months of thorough investigation conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with SIPA, and the aforementioned persons are under investigation for the criminal offense of Organized Crime, referred to in Article 250 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in conjunction with the criminal offense of Illicit Trade in Excise Products, referred to in Article 210a of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The investigation continues.
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