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Bosnia Police Raid Federation President's Office

Bosnian State Investigative and Protection Agency is searching the office of the Bosnia's Federation President, Zivko Budimir, on suspicion that he took bribes for amnesty cases.

 

Elvira M. Jukic
BIRN
Sarajevo

The State Investigative Agency in Bosnia is searching the office of Zivko Budimir, President of the Bosniak-Croat Federation, one of two entities in Bosnia, media reported.

Federation public television, FTV, said that Budimir was suspected of taking bribes to approve amnesties in several cases.

Laura Bosnjak, Budimir's spokesperson, confirmed that his office was being raided adding that she could not comment for the moment, except that the President was in his office and that he denied taking bribes.

The Bosnian Prosecutor's Office stated on Thursday that this institution along with the Bosnian State Court had ordered the raids.

The police action concerns corruption, bribes and criminal acts and illegal trading in narcotics, involving dozens of persons in all.

Sarajevo media reported that Budimir had accepted 162 of 435 demands for amnesty for people sentenced for crimes as grave as attempted murder.

Anadolu news agency said police were also raiding sites in the Herzegovinian town of Siroki Brijeg, where the company of Agriculture Minister Jerko Ivankovic Lijanovic's family is located.

The reports are that another company was being raided in the town whose owner was one of those amnestied by Budimir.

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