PPIO Daily Media Summary, 7 April 2010

> Police/security issues
Police in all cantons seek equalisation of salaries
Pena: RS Police best in BiH
BiH to get first prison for female juvenile offenders
> Incidents/crimes
Murder in Pale
Shooting incident in Zivinice
Banja Luka PSC seizes smuggled cigarettes
Two arrested for drug trafficking in Sarajevo
USC veterans stage protests
Mostar MoI Case remains in Sarajevo
> Political/other news
Inzko meets Steinberg, Moratinos: Situation in BiH is troubling
Dodik: RS not interested in constitutional changes
Dodik: We need to ban face-covering veil
 
 
> Police/security issues
Police in all cantons seek equalisation of salaries
Dnevni Avaz, pg 11 – Police officers in all cantons will go on general strike unless the Federation Government urgently adopts a decision on the equalization of police salaries, claims Elvedin Mioc, President of the Police Trade Union in Zenica-Doboj Canton.
According to Mioc, the salary gap between officers in Zenica-Doboj Canton and the FMoI, who perform the same job and have the same competencies, ranges from 401 to 1.447KM.
“A police officer’s basic salary in Orasje is 400KM, in our canton it is 516KM, while in Sarajevo it exceeds 800KM,” says Mioc, adding that Zenica’s officers received the support from most of their colleagues in all cantons and that their protests will be staged in front of the OHR because they are aware that they have nothing to look for in front of the Federation Government.
 
Pena: RS Police best in BiH
Glas Srpske, front page and pg 7, Nezavisne Novine, pg 8, Dnevni Avaz, pg 8 – Marking the RS Police Day, RS Minister of Interior Stanislav Cadjo stated yesterday in Banja Luka that “this institution has developed into the best security institution in BiH, ready to respond to all given tasks”.
Speaking of the appointment of a new RS Police Director, Cadjo said that the new director will be selected within legally defined deadline.
RS Prime Minister Milorad Dodik said that the RS Police is important not only for the security of RS citizens, but because it is also an element that proves the autonomy and independence of the RS within the Dayton Peace Agreement.
 
BiH to get first prison for female juvenile offenders
Nezavisne Novine, pg 11 – Republika Srpska will soon get a prison for female juvenile offenders, the first of such kind in BiH.
Bosko Djukic, RS Assistant Justice Minister for Criminal Sanctions Execution, has confirmed that the prison will be opened within the ‘Kula’ penitentiary in East Sarajevo, where the only juvenile prison in BiH is located.
Djukic explained that ‘Kula’ will be renovated soon and that a special section will be created for underage female offenders who committed serious crimes.
 
 
> Incidents/crimes
Murder in Pale
Nezavisne Novine, front page and pg 14, Glas Srpske, front page and pg 17, Dnevni Avaz, front page and pg 17 – Zagorka Samardzic (75) was murdered at 2AM yesterday by her cousin Milanko Samardzic in her home in Serdar Janka Vukotica Street in Pale. The murderer was arrested shortly after. Unofficially, he was hitting the woman with a glass bottle until it broke and then slit her throat with a piece of broken glass. His motives are unknown.
 
Shooting incident in Zivinice
Dnevni Avaz, pg 16 – Armin H. shot Muamer M. (24) in Zivinice’s settlement Jezero on Monday morning. The shooting was preceded by a verbal conflict between the two in front of the shooter’s house. Armin H. was arrested, but the motive for the shooting is currently unknown.
 
Banja Luka PSC seizes smuggled cigarettes
Dnevni Avaz, pg 16 – Officers of Banja Luka PSC have searched three locations in Bosanska Kostajnica, seizing 2.270 boxes of smuggled cigarettes belonging to brothers Ognjenovic, Drasko (43) and Darko (37). The cigarettes were handed over to the municipal Inspection Service.
 
Two arrested for drug trafficking in Sarajevo
Dnevni Avaz, pg 17 – Officers of Canton Sarajevo MoI’s Anti-Narcotics Department arrested on Monday evening two persons suspected of illegal drug production and trafficking. A bottle of methadone, money and a mobile phone were seized from I.E., while 10 packs of heroin, money and two mobile phones were seized from K.R.
 
USC veterans stage protests
Dnevni Avaz, front page and pg 11 “Support Unit sent against veterans” – More than 600 demobilised soldiers of Una-Sana Canton protested yesterday in front of the USK Government building, expressing their dissatisfaction over unpaid pensions and other benefits. The police cordoned off the area around the Government building, but the veterans broke through the line and then encountered the riot police securing the entrance. The police tried to push them back, but the protesters entered the building eventually. The veterans had a meeting with USK Government officials and were told that their requests “cannot be fulfilled because the cantonal budget has not been adopted yet”.
Remzo Causagic, one of the protest organisers, said several veterans were injured.
Oslobodjenje, pg 13, reports that “thanks to the MoI’s Support Unit, the veterans were stopped without a major incident”.
Nezavisne Novine, pg 6, says more than 100 veterans participated in the protest and the Support Unit prevented them from entering the building.
 
Mostar MoI Case remains in Sarajevo
Dnevni List, pg 6 – The BiH Court remains competent in the case against 11 former officials of Herzegovina-Neretva Government and MoI, the court council announced yesterday, thus rejecting the request of all defendants’ attorneys that the Court of BiH declares itself incompetent in this case. The decision was made although HNC Government had informed the BiH Court that it acquits of responsibility the defendants in the Mostar MoI case “because the Government suffered no consequences and therefore has no legal and property requests towards the 11 accused”.
 
 
> Political/other news
Inzko meets Steinberg, Moratinos: Situation in BiH is troubling
Oslobodjenje, pg 2, Glas Srpske, pg 3, Dnevni Avaz, pg 2 - The High Representative and EU Special Representative, Valentin Inzko, met yesterday in Sarajevo with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Anhel Moratinos and US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.
“The situation in the country is troubling and October’s elections present an opportunity to reverse this trend,” said Inzko. The EU and US officials expressed hope that the election campaign would focus on creating better living conditions for all, as well as on concrete actions to ensure BiH moves as quickly as possible towards EU and NATO.
“These concrete actions relate to the economy and in general the reforms that will turn BiH into a credible EU Candidate country,” said Inzko. “It also means that political leaders refrain from artificially raising tensions”.
Noting calls for discussions on peaceful dissolution, EU and US officials agreed with the HR/EUSR that Dayton does not provide for such a possibility. “These statements are unacceptable and they must stop,” said Inzko, who underlined that “BiH can only join the EU and NATO as a State, there is no other option”.
Moratinos and Steinberg are visiting BiH to encourage and accelerate progress towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
 
Dodik: RS not interested in constitutional changes
Glas Srpske, front page and pg 3 – SNSD President Milorad Dodik stated yesterday in Banja Luka that “constitutional changes are not needed because they are part of a political skulduggery cooked up by Sarajevo and certain international representatives in an attempt to modify BiH according to their wishes”.
“They are trying to implement that under the pretext of some functional organisation, and they think that the only functional BiH is the one they want. They didn’t even bother to try to build functional BiH on the Dayton principles,” said Dodik.
He confirmed that he will attend the meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Anhel Moratinos and US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg in Sarajevo today.
The RS is nether now interested in constitutional changes nor after the elections. I expect nothing from this meeting,” said Dodik.
 
Dodik: We need to ban face-covering veil
Glas Srpske, front page and pg 2, Nezavisne Novine, pg 7, Vecernji List, pg 3, Dnevni List, pg 6, Oslobodjenje, pg 3 – SNSD representatives in the BiH Parliament will submit a declaration condemning the Turkish genocide against Armenians, SNSD leader Milorad Dodik announced yesterday.
“Already today the SNSD Caucus will propose that the BiH Parliament adopts a declaration condemning the genocide that Turkey committed against Armenians in the same form as done by other western countries,” said Dodik.
The SNSD representatives will also propose the adoption of the law banning face-covering veils for all persons in BiH.
“That law has been adopted by certain European countries and we think we should come closer to the European standards as well,” said Dodik.
 
 
Dnevni Avaz – OIC’s Ihsanoglu: War is heavy burden for political leaders in BiH
Oslobodjenje – Sarajevo Business Forum: Investing in BiH is good business
Nezavisne Novine – Life gets increasingly expensive in BiH
Glas Srpske – BiH’s leaders to meet EU-US officials today: RS does not need constitutional changes
Dnevni List – Derventa authorities refuse to remove coffee bar illegally built near Catholic church
Vecernji List – Zvonimir, you are our hero! (boy from Neum suffers electric shock while trying to save a friend)

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