PPIO Daily Media Summary, 28 October 2010

> Police/security issues
Hoffman: Dragan Lukač cannot be FPA Director!
Has SIPA put its operatives in danger?
Ahmetović: New forms of terrorism
Smith: Excellent cooperation between police and prosecutors
> Incidents/crimes
SIPA seize illegal money and gold from Tuzla NLB Bank
Detention extended for three members of Turković group
> Political/other news 
Čović: My policy does not divide BiH!
Dodik: SDP will not head CoM
Jović: We have destroyed Yugoslavia, we will destroy BiH as well!
Dodik’s advisor to become new RS Prime Minister?
GRECO President Kos: BiH has done nothing to fight corruption
Halt in appointment of BiH Anticorruption Agency Director: Elections bring new favourites?
 
 
> Police/security issues
Hoffman: Dragan Lukač cannot be FPA Director!
Dnevni Avaz, front page and pg 4 – Svevlad Hoffman, Chief Inspector of the BiH Border Police, has sent a letter to the Independent Board for the Selection of Federation Police Administration Director saying that Dragan Lukač, Head of SIPA’s VIP and Building protection Department, does not meet the criteria to be selected as FPA Director.
Avaz learns from sources close to the Independent Board that the Board received the letter on Tuesday and that it should be discussed at today’s session, along with the candidates’ applications for the FPA Director post. Avaz has already reported that Lukač is one of the most serious candidates for the post and is also strongly supported by the Independent Board Chairman, Sead Selman.
“Lukač cannot be the candidate for the FPA Director post because he was a member of an executive body, which represents an obstacle to his candidacy in terms of Item 5 of the public vacancy. Namely, in the period from 1997 to 2000, Lukač was Assistant Minister in Posavina Canton Government, which eliminates him from consideration for the post,” said Hoffman.
He further explains that Lukač was appointed Assistant Minister of Interior of Posavina Canton in 1997 “by a political party, i.e. on the proposal by the then HDZ’s Minister of Interior, Mato Jozić”.
 
Has SIPA put its operatives in danger?
Glas Srpske, pg 4, Dnevni List, front page and pg 2 – The publishing of 75 names of the operatives of the BiH State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA), who have been promoted to the rank of Senior Inspector, Inspector, Senior Sergeant, and Sergeant, has caused surprise and fear that criminal circles might misuse this data. Namely, information about an internal vacancy announcement in SIPA, and the fact that 75 persons have been given higher ranks, has been published on SIPA’s website and anybody can see anytime who these persons are.
However, SIPA claims that these persons are police officers, and not secret agents, and that SIPA, as a public agency, must respect transparency in the promotion procedure.
“SIPA is no kind of secret service, the publishing of the names of police officers is not a security flaw, but our obligation,” explained SIPA Spokesperson Željka Kujundžija.
 
Ahmetović: New forms of terrorism
Dnevni List, pg 5, Oslobođenje, pg 8 – Some 100 senior officials from the countries in the region and international organisations are participating in a two-day workshop on national coordination and regional cooperation in combating terrorism in SE Europe.
“In the entire Europe, and therefore also in its SE part, a relatively new form of terrorism, the so-called domestic terrorism, is being developed. It is based on a singular terrorist ideology, while the modalities and objectives of its activities differ from country to country,” said BiH Minister of Security Sadik Ahmetović
 
Smith: Excellent cooperation between police and prosecutors
Glas Srpske, pg 3 – There is an excellent cooperation between police agencies and prosecutor’s offices in BiH, which is one of the preconditions for a successful fight against terrorism, organised crime and all other forms of crime, said Mike Smith, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, during a meeting with BiH Security Minister Sadik Ahmetović yesterday in Sarajevo.
Smith stressed he was impressed by the way in which BiH had managed to structurally organise itself on the cantonal, entity, and State levels.
 
 
> Incidents/crimes
SIPA seize illegal money and gold from Tuzla NLB Bank
Oslobođenje, pg 13, Nezavisne Novine, front page and pg 4, Dnevni List, front page and pg 3, Večernji List, front page and pg 26, Dnevni Avaz, pg 15 – SIPA officers searched three safety deposit boxes of the NLB Bank on Tuesday in Tuzla, seizing 660,000 Euros, 24,000 dollars, 48,000 Japanese yen, and about 2.8 kilograms of gold belonging to the Hrustić family from Vlasenica, which are assumed to originate from criminal activities committed in Italy and Spain. 
The safety deposit boxes in which the money and gold were found were used by three members of the Hrustić family, who are now in custody in Italy. They are suspected of organised crime, illegal drug trafficking and money laundering
The police operation was conducted on the order of the BiH Court, which will decide on further actions, SIPA said in a statement yesterday.
 
Detention extended for three members of Turković group
Oslobođenje, pg 12, Dnevni Avaz, pg 14 – The BiH Court issued a decision yesterday extending the detention for Samir Alagić, Nijaz Zuban and Muamer Zahitović for the next two months. The three are suspected of being members of Zijad Turković’s group, which is being linked to five murders, robbery, and international drug trafficking.
 
 
 
 
 
 
> Political/other news 
Čović: My policy does not divide BiH!
Dnevni List, pg 6, Večernji List, pg 2, Oslobođenje, pg 4, Dnevni Avaz, pg 4 – HDZ leader Dragan Čović met with Croatian President Ivo Josipović and Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor yesterday in Zagreb, where he received ‘an absolute support’ from the Croatian leadership.
Čović said that he ‘presented a picture a bit different from the one presented by SDP’s Željko Komsić and Zlatko Lagumdžija’. He repeated that 99 percent of the votes Komšić had received for the Croat member of the BiH Presidency came from Bosniaks, and asked Josipović to support BiH on its European path, “which is possible only with the equality of all peoples”. Čović said that it is impossible to form power without the HDZ, for this party has received 62 percent of the Croat votes.
“A Croat needs to be appointed Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers and this person should be selected by the HDZ BiH. I have been given assurances that the Cabinet of President Josipović will send such message, also during his forthcoming visit to BiH,” said Čović.
Čović also said that Prime Minister Kosor was supportive of his policy, “because it is not the policy that divides BiH”.
“Everything we say is beneficial to BiH. BiH is undermined by those who think they can choose something without Croats,” said Čović. 
 
Dodik: SDP will not head CoM
Dnevni List, pg 7, Dnevni Avaz, pg 8 – SNSD leader Milorad Dodik has said that his party finds it unacceptable to get an SDP representative as Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers.
In an interview with the BHT, Dodik said that this position should be given “to a genuine, and not camouflaged, representative of the Croat people in BiH,” stressing that Dragan Čović is the right person for the CoM Chairman, as he represents the party that has received the greatest support of the Croats.
 
Jović: We have destroyed Yugoslavia, we will destroy BiH as well!
Press RS, front page and pgs 4-5Ivo-Miro Jović, senior official of the HDZ and member of BiH Parliament’s House of Peoples, warns in an interview with Press RS that Croats had destroyed Yugoslavia for they were treated as of minor importance and that they are ready to do that again to BiH if they are denied equality of the two other constituent peoples!
Jović claims that the representatives of the Croat people are ready to use most radical forms of the political fight in the event HDZ President Dragan Čović is not appointed new Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers.
“If Bosniak political parties continue to reject the talks on constitutional changes that would enable the Croats to form their own federal unit by the example of the RS and FBiH, we do not exclude the possibility of definite division of BiH,” said Jović.
 
Dodik’s advisor to become new RS Prime Minister?
Oslobođenje, pg 2 – According to information from sources within the SNSD, Slavko Mitrović, Advisor to RS Prime Minister, stands the best chance of becoming Milorad Dodik’s successor. The daily notes that “what makes him different from other candidates is the fact that he was actually offered this position, while others are trying to impose themselves as new RS Prime Minister.”
Mitrović is one of the SNSD founders and, although ‘politically invisible’, represents the party’s grey eminence. Besides Dodik, he is one of the central figures in determining strategic directions for the SNSD.
 
GRECO President Kos: BiH has done nothing to fight corruption
Dnevni Avaz, front page and pg 5 – It is clear to BiH's citizens that nobody is fighting corruption, says Drago Kos, an anticorruption expert and President of the CoE’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), in an interview with Avaz.
“BiH has not processed one single high-level corruption case for a long, long time now, unlike other countries in the region,” says Kos while commenting on the Transparency International’s latest report, which was published two days ago.
Asked to comment on the fact that BiH has remained the most corrupt country of the Western Balkans and is at the very bottom of Europe with regard to perceived level of corruption, Kos said: “To be honest, I expected such result. BiH has not done anything concrete in the fight against corruption for years. The TI report actually reflects the real situation in your country”.
Speaking of what could be expected from the newly-formed BiH Anticorruption Agency, Kos said: “I know that much has changed and diminished since the first draft laws have been created. The law does not bring such strong solutions as it was anticipated in the beginning. Still, it is high time that the Agency started working, because that would mean that somebody had finally started the fight against corruption, and then amendments to the law could be created. It is important that we have an agency to start from scratch and, in a year or two or five, help others move forward”. 
 
Halt in appointment of BiH Anticorruption Agency Director: Elections bring new favourites?
Dnevni Avaz, pg 5 – The fact that the BiH Anticorruption Agency has not become fully operational, although a year has passed since the Law on this agency has been adopted, clearly shows how much BiH’s ruling structures are interested in dealing with this burning social issue.
The parliamentarians were not alarmed by the fact that BiH is the hotbed of corruption in the Balkan region and that it is among the leading countries sinking deeper into the mire of corruption. Candidates for the Agency Director, who have passed the written part of the exam, have been waiting to be summoned for the interview for months, so that the final list of names of the candidates for Director and his deputies could finally be sent to the BiH Parliament.
“It is not in the interest of those who have achieved good election results (the SDP) to see the persons who have so far been mentioned as favourites manage the Anticorruption Agency. There is a suspicion about the credibility of certain persons who have been considered favourites for this post,” said a source close to the BiH Parliament.
The interview with the candidates was scheduled for 25 October, but the session was not held due to the lack of quorum. Avaz learns unofficially that the interview should take place on 3 November.
  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Front pages     
Dnevni Avaz – GRECO President Kos: BiH has done nothing to fight corruption
Oslobođenje – FBiH Government: Veterans pensions not to be changed in October
Nezavisne Novine – Power-sharing talks: SDP and HDZ on opposite sides of the world
Glas Srpske – New RS Government to be composed mostly of economists and lawyers
Press RS – Jović: We will destroy BiH just as we destroyed Yugoslavia!
Dnevni List – SIPA seizes 2.8 kilos of gold and 660.000 Euro
Vecernji List – Bugojno’sCroats embittered: Warlord Mlaćo returns to teach maths in Grammar School!

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