Extension of custody has been proposed due to the risk of the suspects’ flight and the danger that, if at large, they might hinder investigation, conceal evidence and influence witnesses or accomplices, or commit a new criminal offence or complete the criminal offence.
It is an international regional operation in which prosecutor’s offices and law enforcement agencies from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia, in a joint cooperation, have discovered organized groups for smuggling of migrants. These accused persons are charged with smuggling of at least 141 illegal migrants.
The defendant Željko Vučeraković (1962) is charged with the international smuggling of narcotic drugs - cocaine from Montenegro into Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Defendant Rassl Beatrix (1962) is charged with attempting to smuggle across the border two illegal migrants, Bangladeshi citizens, hidden in a concealed place of her car.
The defendants, Vitomir Tomić (1959) and the company Promex TV d.o.o. Zvornik, are charged with tax evasion in the amount of BAM 89,358.90 by which the BiH budget was damaged.
A Prosecutor and an Investigator from the Special Department for Organized Crime, Economic Crime and Corruption, together with SIPA police officers, have undertaken activities in coordination with their counterparts from Slovenia in order to prevent possible money laundering related to the procurement of protective masks for a Slovenian company.
Prosecutor in charge of the case has requested that the measure of custody be extended on the basis of all the grounds for custody described in Article 132, Paragraph 1 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Prosecutor’s Office of BiH is actively working on the investigation with a view to filing an indictment.
A prosecutor from the Terrorism Section requested the extension of custody for suspects Hamza Labidi (1998) and Emir Ališić (1970) for another two months.
Efficient detection and prosecution of all criminal offences that could endanger the health and safety of citizens and are linked with the prevention of and protection from the spreading of the Corona virus - COVID-19 is of utmost importance, as we have seen that irresponsible and unlawful behavior of individuals can cause unfathomable damage to citizens.