Investigation 16 Jan 17

Scrapped US Health Conference Costs Bosnia Canton Dear

The former director of the Health Insurance Institute of Sarajevo Canton faces a lawsuit after spending more than 20,000 euros on a conference in the US that never took place.  

Denis Dzidic
BIRN
Sarajevo
Kenan Crnkic, the former director of the Health Insurance Institute of Bosnia’s Sarajevo Canton.

Kenan Crnkic, the former director of the Health Insurance Institute of Bosnia’s Sarajevo Canton faces a criminal complaint for paying the Center for Transatlantic Relations of John Hopkins University in Washington about 20,000 euros to organize a regional conference on health reform that never took place.

The Institute’s new director, Samir Turkovic - who realised the money was missing following an audit - told BIRN that he filed the charges against Kenan Crnkic last February because Crnkic never obtained the approval of the board of directors of the Institute to spend the cash. The board “is the only body legally authorized” to do that, Turkovic said.

The conference on cooperation between health institutes in the region should have taken place in Washington in November 2015.

Preparations were interrupted, however, when Crnkic was axed in August 2015 for excessive spending, as was said at the time.

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