PPID Daily media summary, 09 February 2009

>Police issues
Brcko District Police presents statistics for the year 2008
Car thefts reduced in Trebinje
Livno Canton police statistics address an issue of heavy drugs consumption
> Incidents/Crime cases
Vitez folk club security guard wounded in shooting
Juveniles arrested for smashing shop windows in Tuzla
Five juveniles arrested for disturbing Trebinje Imam
Press conference by East Sarajevo PSC: Police investigating all unsolved murders
BiH Minister of Justice Colak: BiH should defend Vukovic as Croatia defended Laptalo
OHR: Vukovic case is an issue for local institutions
>Political/Other issues
Head of EC Delegation to BiH Kourkoulas reminds Chair of BiH CoM Spiric about the obligations regarding visa abolishment
SBiH comments on the issue of state property
RS PM Dodik at Munich conference: Europe expects that OHR closes down soon
PDP’s Leader Ivanic sends letter of resignation to BiH Parliament HoR
Dusanka Majkic: Citizens will pay for the mistakes of ministers
 
 
> Police issues
Brcko District Police presents statistics for the year 2008
Oslobodjenje pg 16 – Chief of Brcko District Police Goran Lujic confirmed that security situation in the District is similar to the one from the previous year or even better. Number of reports on violation of public peace and order has been decreased. There are more persons involved in incidents aged between 30 and 50 than those aged between 18 and 30. Number of traffic accidents and fatalities has been decreased as well in comparison with the year 2007, while total number of reported crimes in 2008 was 1401, which is 46 crimes less than in 2007.
 
Car thefts reduced in Trebinje
Nezavisne Novine, pg 12 – One car was stolen in January in east Herzegovina area, while 27 cars were stolen in the same period of 2008, Trebinje PSC has confirmed.
The only car theft, which was registered in Trebinje, was solved successfully.
The PSC stresses that the considerable decrease in car thefts is the result of round-the-clock work and increased security measures and activities that the police have been implementing for quite some time now.
 
Livno Canton police statistics address an issue of heavy drugs consumption
BHT - Canton 10 police statistics of drug consumption cases address the issue of heavy drugs use.
“What is the most concerning is that the heavy drugs have been frequently found during the police operations lately – heroin and cocaine (as in the last year’s case) – and that the age limit has been progressively going down”, statedHead of the Crime Department of Livno Canton Ministry of Interior, Husein Bukvic.
“We have noticed that every day in the afternoon several patients come here, asking for syringes and needles, and therefore we assume that the syringes are used for consumption of drugs”, said Director of “Livno” pharmacy, Marko Lijovic.
Although Cantonal MoI and Public Health Institute have persistently requested data on drug addicts in this Canton from local health institutions, they have never been provided with those. “They would always refer to the Hippocratic Oath”, says Lijovic.
The “Livno” pharmacyconfirmed that there were still registered addicts asking the Livno doctors for help.
“Up to five persons were occasionally asking for our help in order to get methadone in 2008. These addicts are registered in the Addiction Center in Mostar. They come to us only when they do not have any money for heroin”, says Dr. Djurdjica Mladina-Perisa.
 
 
> Incidents/Crime cases
Vitez folk club security guard wounded in shooting
Nezavisne novine pg 12, Vecernji list pg 21, Press RS pg 17 – A security guardat ‘Label’ folk club in Vitez was badly wounded in a shooting late Saturday night, Central Bosnia Canton MoI confirmed yesterday.
Senad Petak (43) was rushed to a hospital in Nova Bila; his condition is now stable. Petak told the police that two brothers from a nearby village were in the club; one of them was constantly going into the ladies’ room, provoking the girls, which is why both of them were asked to leave. Then they waited for Petak to go home and shot him in front of his house in Novaci, near Vitez.
Dnevni Avaz (pg16) learns that three persons were apprehended in relation to the shooting.
 
Juveniles arrested for smashing shop windows in Tuzla
Nezavisne novine pg 13, Glas Srpske pg 17 – Four juveniles were rampaging through Tuzla on Saturday evening, smashing windows on two shops and throwing a brick at a shop owner, police said on Sunday.
All four juveniles were questioned in the presence of their parents.
 
Five juveniles arrested for disturbing Trebinje Imam
Nezavisne novine pg 4, Vecernji list pg 20 – Five teenagers from Trebinje were arrested on Saturday evening for disturbing the local imam, the RS MoI said on Sunday.
“Imam Husein Hodzic called the police saying that somebody was banging on his door and ringing the doorbell,” the MoI says in a press statement. 
The police went to imam’s home immediately and apprehended the juveniles, who admitted the offence in the presence of their parents.
 
Press conference by East Sarajevo PSC: Police investigating all unsolved murders
Dnevni avaz pg 14 – Last year, 881 criminal offences were registered in the East Sarajevo PSC’s AoR, which is 8 percent less than in 2007, while 787 criminal reports were filed against 817 persons, Zeljko Maricic, Head of the East Sarajevo PSC’s General Crime Department, stated at a press conference on Friday.
Maricic said eight murders and seven attempted murders were committed last year. All murders were committed by unidentified perpetrators. He said that four murders were solved (or 66,7 percent) and that reports were filed against four persons, stressing that the PSC continues to work on unsolved murders from the previous period.
Maricic also stressed that 720 criminal offences (or 81,7 percent) were solved, which is 2,8 percent more than in 2007. Reports were filed against 817 persons, or 13,8 percent less than in 2007, including 50 juveniles and 144 repeat offenders. 
Eighteen drug trafficking cases were registered in 2008; four kilos of marijuana were seized, as well as 340 grams of heroin, 190 grams of cocaine, and three cannabis plants. Speaking of car thefts, Maricic said that the number of stolen vehicles was reduced by 20 percent in comparison with 2007.
 
BiH Minister of Justice Colak: BiH should defend Vukovic as Croatia defended Laptalo
Vecernji list front page “BiH should defend Vukovic as Croatia defended Laptalo” and pg 6 – In his interview for the daily BiH Minister of Justice Barisa Colak commenting on the case of Assistant to BiH Security Minister Vjekoslav Vukovic who was arrested in Croatia as a suspect in the case of an assassination attempt, Colak said that this case was one more proof that cooperation with Croatia should be at the higher level. He added that this case was discussed in the BiH Parliament and during the discussion the case of Croatian Captain Kristijan Laptalo was also mentioned (Laptalo was detained a few years in Greece after a large amount of drugs was found on the boat that he was in charge of. After a few years of detention he was released a few months ago. Croatia helped Laptalo and his family in resolving of this case) Colak added that he believed that the state and its institutions should have reacted more promptly when protection of BiH citizens is in question. Commenting on appointment of Milorad Barasin as the Chief BiH Prosecutor and journalist’s conclusion that in this way Croats have lost another position, Colak said that the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council should have taken into consideration ethnic representation of BiH peoples. He added that this is not a good message to BiH Croats. Colak also stated that the Prud Agreement should be supported.
On the page 12 Vecernji list reports that BiH Minister of Justice Colak requested from his Croatian colleague Ivan Simonovic the information about Vukovic case, but Simonovic replied that he was not obliged to give information to another country since Vukovic is Croatian citizen.
Colak believes that BiH would not act that way if Deputy of Karamako (Croatian Police Minister) had been arrested. There are certain speculation that Croatian intelligence services have been wiretapping Vukovic although he had been BiH Minister of Security at the time.
 
OHR: Vukovic case is an issue for local institutions
Press RS pg 4 - The Office of the High Representative /OHR/ never comments on media speculations, a spokeswoman for OHR Ljiljana Radetic stated about the text posted on the web site www.necenzurirano.com reading that OHR was ready to guarantee Croatian judiciary to release BiH Assistant Minister of Security Vjekoslav Vukovic.
“That is an issues for local institutions to deal with”,  said Radetic.
 
 
> Political/Other issues
Head of EC Delegation to BiH Kourkoulas reminds Chair of BiH CoM Spiric about the obligations regarding visa abolishment
Oslobodjenje front page “No abolishing visas for BiH” and pg 2 – Head of EC Delegation to BiH Dimitris Kourkoulas sent a letter to the Chair of BiH Council of Ministers Nikola Spiric reminding of an obligation to carry out crucial reforms that would meet criteria laid out in the Road Map for Liberalization of Visa Regime. Kourkoulas emphasized that key elements include establishing of the central, state-level anti-corruption team and adoption of a law on telecommunication systems and databases. Letter also reminds that EC Monitoring Team will visit BiH at the beginning of March in order to evaluate a progress in fulfilling conditions set under the Road Map. Daily adds that regardless of this, BiH and its officials have done nothing to meet key criteria. BiH Security Minister Tarik Sadovic told Oslobodjenje that he has been insisting on establishing anti-corruption team at the state level for seven times in the past 2 years: “This would be a state body that would work on implementing strategic plans, not an investigation body that the RS fears and which is a reason for lack of agreement on the establishment.” As for a law treating telecommunications and databases, daily explains that situation is similar as the RS objects separating civil and police registers. Sadovic also denied that he is blocking visa regime liberalization process by preventing an adoption of the rulebook on internal organization of the Agency for Identification Documents, Registers and Data Exchange of BiH (IDDEEA) at the last CoM session.
Dnevni avaz pg 4 – Sadovic explains that the rulebook envisaged creating many more positions in favor of Banja Luka over other cities/towns.
 
SBiH comments on the issue of state property
BHT, Dnevni avaz pg 5, Nezavisne novine front page “Against new entities” and pgs 2,3, Glas Srpske pg 3, Dnevni list pg 5 -- SBiH concluded that the agreement between leaders of SDA, HDZ BiH and SNSD on the issue of state property ignores the fact that BiH is the only owner of all state property. SBiH President Haris Silajdzic claims that the agreement leaves only the property required for functioning of the state at the BiH level. He added that the agreement strengthens entities at the cost of the state. Silajdzic reminded that the BiH Constitution and agreement on succession of former Yugoslavia assign state property solely to the state level, adding “everyone admits that it is the unquestionable property of BiH… but nevertheless it is being questioned in the proposed agreements.
Oslobodjenje front page “Instead of two, we will get several entities” and pgs 2,3 – Silajdzic underlined that one should first determine whether the Dayton Agreement was implemented, and who is to blame if this is not the case. Also carries other SBiH’s senior officials repeating the party’s stances about return and census.
 
RS PM Dodik at Munich conference: Europe expects that OHR closes down soon
Glas Srpske front page “Europe expects soon closure of OHR” and pg 2 – RS Prime Minister Milorad Dodik told Glas Srpske that most international officials he met at the Munich conference expect the OHR to be closed down soon. According to Dodik, they all expect BiH to make significant progress in EU integration process this year, to strengthen the internal capacities and solve the essential issues in BiH. Most international officials, underlined Dodik, believe that the political processes in BiH should be owned by local politicians, although some of them still believe in international intervening. Dodik further noted that the international officials welcome the Prud Agreement, especially its solution for status of Brcko District. As for the new High Representative, Dodik said that most international officials agree that Miroslav Lajcak’s successor should be from Europe.
 
PDP’s Leader Ivanic sends letter of resignation to BiH Parliament HoR
Dnevni avaz pg 4, Nezavisne novine pg 3, Oslobodjenje pg 2, Press RS pg 4 - Leader of the Party of Democratic Progress (PDP) Mladen Ivanic confirmed yesterday that he sent letter of resignation on position of speaker of BiH Parliamentary Assembly House of Representatives. Deputy President of PDP Branislav Borenovic said that official request for RS Minister of Labor and Veterans Bosko Tomic, BiH Deputy Minister of Defense Igor Crnadak, and BiH Deputy Minister of Transport and Communication Veselin Poljasevic to be relieved from their offices has been sent.
Above mentioned resignations are related to braking of coalition between PDP and Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD), with which PDP transferred to opposition both at RS and BiH level.
Glas Srpske front page “Local level questionable too” and pg 4– SNSD Secretary General Rajko Vasic commented that PDP members, if they had any sense of honor, would resign themselves. According to Vasic, Ivanic gets a very good salary in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, but he let his party colleagues down, as many of them are going to lose their jobs now. Article comments that consequences of the coalition breakup are already visible in the Pale Municipal Assembly, where PDP deputies managed to reject the amendments to the Budget proposed by SNSD.
Dnevni list pg 4 – In a statement to daily, Ivanic said he is ready to support the ruling coalition when it comes to the Brcko District and probably the issue of state property. He however added his party will not support the constitutional reform.
 
Dusanka Majkic: Citizens will pay for the mistakes of ministers
Dnevni list pg 5, Oslobodjenje pg 2 – SNSD’s delegate at the BiH Parliament House of Peoples Dusanka Majkic stated that a possibility for former Mujahedeens to sue BiH at the Strasbourg-based European Human Rights Court claiming a multi-million compensation was a bad signal to BiH citizens that they would have to pay for the failures of incompetent ministers holding key positions in BiH institutions.
"Supposing it is true that Mujahedeens plan to sue BiH, I think it could be a good lesson to BiH what  might happen in the future because of porosity of its borders it now has. Amateurs, like Minister of Security Sadovic, holding such an important positions like safeguarding the borders, should safeguard borders of this country too. It is clear that this is strictly under his competence and this is the case of his lack of wanting to sort things out", she added.
 
 
Front pages:
Dnevni avaz – Spiric aims to take over control by avoiding the law
Oslobodjenje – 25th anniversary of Sarajevo Olympic Games
Nezavisne novine – Bankruptcy happens faster than break of purchase contracts  
Dnevni list – Parties took 13 million of KM
Glas Srpske - Local level questionable too
Vecernji list - BiH should defend Vukovic as Croatia defended Laptalo
Press RS – Sesum beaten up in Hungary!

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