INDICTMENT ISSUED AGAINST MIDHAT OSMANOVIĆ, A REPRESENTATIVE IN THE PARLIAMENT OF FBIH, AND VELID TORIĆ, ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE TUZLA CANTON HEALTH INSURANCE INSTITUTE. THESE ACCUSED PERSONS ARE CHARGED OF CRIMES OF CORRUPTION, NAMELY ABUSE OF OFFICE OR O19.03.2014. 15:02
- Midhat Osmanović, born on 29 March 1961 in Tuzla, resident of Srebrenik, citizen of BiH, and
- Velid Torić, born on 01 July 1954 in Odžak, resident of Srebrenik, citizen of BiH.
The Indictment alleges that Midhat Osmanović, as a representative in the House of Representatives of the FBiH Parliament, and an official person in the institutions of the Federation of BiH, and Velid Torić, as an Acting Director of the Institute for Health Insurance of the Tuzla Canton, while acting in mutual agreement, acquired illegal property gain by abuse of office or official authority and illegal interceding.
They are charged with asking for money from a temporary employee of the Institute for Health Insurance of the Tuzla Canton, while acting together in an organized manner, and taking the money from that person in the amount of BAM 20,000.00, in order to resolve that person’s employment status.
Midhat Osmanović was deprived of liberty in a coordinated action of police officers of SIPA, after he had taken an envelope with BAM 20,000.00 from the aforementioned injured party on 25 December 2013, in the Tuzla Hotel, and ordered the accused Velid Torić to make a Decision on the Employment of this person. Thereafter, in a swift action conducted by the police and upon the order of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH, the accused Osmanović was deprived of liberty on the spot and the money was confiscated.
The Prosecutor’s Office of BiH conducted a thorough investigation and subsequently filed an Indictment charging Midhat Osmanović and Velid Torić with the commission of the criminal offenses of Illegal Interceding, as referred to in Article 382 of the Criminal Code of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Abuse of Office or Official Authority, as referred to in Article 383 of the Criminal Code of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The criminal offenses perpetrated in this case are an example of abuse of office or official authority and corruption, which were detected and prevented in a decisive action of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH and SIPA, and the public in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been informed about it.
The Prosecutor’s Office of BiH wishes to send a message to all the citizens in our country that it will resume its fight against corruption and organized crime in order to protect the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are the victims of these crimes.
We hereby invite all the citizens to report corruption! By acting together we can achieve significant results and we send a clear message that we have capacities for detecting and prosecuting perpetrators of these criminal offenses, as well as that there will be no untouchables in fighting for the rule of law.
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