The accused are charged with the exploitation of at least 17 victims, foreign nationals, mainly from Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
The activities were carried out by SIPA police officers on the order of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH, with the support of employees of the ITA BiH, the BiH Border Police and police agencies from both entities.
This case was conducted within the framework of regional cooperation in the fight against war crimes impunity, which was also supported by Mr. Serge Brammertz, IRMCT Prosecutor.
The news article regarding the issuance of the Indictment was published on 09 July 2021, and it can be read below:
An investigator of the Special Department for War Crimes is on the site, where, pursuant to a Prosecutor’s order, he coordinates the work of authorized persons participating in the exhumation process.
The appeal requests the Court to reverse the decision and order custody as the only adequate measure for the smooth continuation of the proceedings.
An Appeal was filed in relation to all five suspects.
In several media reports, in the past few days, disinformation was published that some police agencies had refused to carry out the orders and requests of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the case of Osman Mehmedagić and others
The Prosecutor in charge of the case of Darko Elez et al
. requested that one of the persons deprived of liberty be heard as a witness in the case conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
After being contacted by police officers of the Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina in connection with the seizure of a larger quantity of cigarettes, namely 13,470 packs of cigarettes found in a vehicle at the border crossing near Trebinje without the necessary documentation and valid BiH excise stamps, the duty Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina gave instructions for the seizure of the said vehicle and the found cigarettes, and he also gave further instructions to police officers to document this criminal offence.