PPID Daily media summary, 15 February 2008

> Police reform
BiH CoM adopts draft laws on police
> Incidents/crime cases
Hairdresser brutally beaten up in Trebinje
Another arrest in SA Club shooting
The Gasi brothers stop their hunger strike
East Sarajevo PSC denies information about Djordje Zdrale
> Juvenile delinquency
FBiH HoP adopts Resolution against violence
Sarajevo citizens to initiate new protests requesting authorities to demonstrate responsibility
IC appeal to BiH authorities to implement Strategy against Juvenile Delingquency adopted in 2006
Juvenile prison in East Sarajevo to become operational soon
> Political/other news
HR’s interview for Avaz: Police reform is possible even without SDA
OHR launched a public debate on EU integrations
RS NGOs take joint stance on Kosovo’s independence
SNSD requests from BiH institutions to recognise RS as permanent entity
Canton Sarajevo Chief Prosecutor asked for information on missing original of DPA
 
 
> Police reform
BiH CoM adopts draft laws on police
Glas Srpske, front pg “Green light to Directorate for coordination of Police bodies”; Nezavisne Novine, front page and pg 3 “Draft laws adopted without SDA and SBiH votes” – BiH Council of Ministers adopted yesterday draft laws on seven new police bodies at state level, although none of the Bosniak ministers voted in favour of the new regulations.
“The majority of ministers voted for adoption of laws stemming from the Mostar Declaration and I hope this will be sufficient to bring us closer to the EU. The adopted draft laws will be sent to the Parliament”, CoM Chairman Nikola Spiric stated after the session.
“I respect SDA’s decision not to support these laws. I understand that we’re not in a position to adopt ideal laws, but I’ll always be supportive of those that bring us closer to the EU membership”, said Spiric.
“The draft laws were adopted unlawfully. The Law on CoM stipulates that a draft law can be put on the agenda only if supported by at least one representative of each constituent people”, said the SDA.
Inset “Sadovic: Ridiculous reform” – In the event that the Parliamentary Assembly adopts this ‘ridiculous police reform’, the existing state police agencies will start disintegrating, while BiH citizens will have to pay a high price, a press release from the Security Minister’s Cabinet said yesterday.
“Serb and Croat ministers outvoted Bosniak ministers from the SDA and SBiH minister Sven Alkalaj and ‘established’ the draft laws on ‘police reform’. The agenda was adopted in the same way, which represents the violation of the Law on CoM.”
Inset “USA and OHR welcome the adoption”“The US Embassy in BiH applauds the Council of Ministers for exercising leadership on behalf of the citizens of BiH and furthering BiH’s integration into a free, united, and peaceful Europe”, the US Embassy in BiH said yesterday.
„The adoption of these laws in the BiH Council of Ministers keeps BiH on track with the commitments made to the EU and Commissioner for Enlargement Ollie Rehn in December last year. “Some Bosniak Ministers voted against these proposals – that is their right,” said HR Miroslav Lajcak.
Also reported by BHT; FTV; NTV Hayat; Dnevni Avaz, pg 2Draft police reform laws to be debated by BiH’s Parliament”, “HR and U.S. Ambassador welcome BiH CoM’s decision on draft police reform laws”, “SDA accuses BiH CoM Chair Nikola Spiric of legalizing RS police”;
Oslobodjenje, front pg and pgs 2 and 3 “Draft laws on police adopted without Bosniaks’ consent”; Vecernji List, pg 2 “Outvoting in BiH CoM”; Dnevni List, pg 2 “Will SDA’s delegates be outvoted in BiH Parliament”
 
 
> Incidents/crime cases
Hairdresser brutally beaten up in Trebinje
RTRS, Nezavisne Novine, front page and pg 2 – Support Unit of Trebinje PSC arrested on Wednesday Drazen Sinikovic (28), Velibor Aleksic (33), and Slaven Vukajlovic (32) after they had brutally beaten up Veso Adzic, owner of ‘Veso’ hair salon, because he refused to give them money.
The PSC said the three already had a criminal record. They are now suspected of causing bodily injury and illegal production and sale of weapons and explosive devices.
Dnevni Avaz, front pg and pg 17; Oslobodjenje, front pg and pg 20; Dnevni List, pg 20; Glas Srpske, pg 9;
 
Another arrest in SA Club shooting
Nezavisne Novine, pg 13 – Admir Beciragic (24) is the sixth suspect arrested in connection with the attempted murder in SA Club in Sarajevo.
Beciragic is suspected of aiding a suspected murderer, Amar Zulic (24) from Sarajevo.
Similar reported in Dnevni Avaz, pg 16; Oslobodjenje, pg 21;
 
The Gasi brothers stop their hunger strike
Nezavisne Novine, pg 2 – Several sources confirmed last night that Muhamed Ali Gasi, Aziz Gasi, and Mirso Krasnic had stopped their hunger strike.
The Gasi brothers, Krasnic and five other persons went on a hunger strike last week after the Cantonal Court in Sarajevo refused to release them on bail.  
Nezavisne Novine, pg 13 “Muhamed Ali got sick in courtroom” – Cantonal Court in Sarajevo yesterday ordered two months of extended detention for the Gasi brothers and Mirso Krasnic. The four-hour session was interrupted when Muhamed Ali Gasi got sick. According to his lawyer, Gasi got an epileptic attack. The session was resumed in the presence of Gasi, after he was given medical aid.
Also reported by FTV; NTV Hayat, BHT; Oslobodjenje, front pg and pg 20 “The Gasi brothers to remain behind the bars”; Dnevni Avaz, pg 16 “Muhamed Ali Gasi got”; Dnevni List, pg 20 “Detention extended for the Gasi brothers”;
 
East Sarajevo PSC denies information about Djordje Zdrale
Nezavisne Novine, pg 5 – Police do not have information that Djordje Zdrale has invested money in disco club ‘Rodeo’ and that Anes Kurbegovic participated in the attempted killing of Zdrale, East Sarajevo PSC stated yesterday.
“The police have no information whatsoever about the co-ownership of the disco club. Information that recently arrested Anes Kurbegovic participated in the attempted murder of Djordje Zdrale are inaccurate as well”, says the PSC.
East Sarajevo police stress that they do not want to stand behind certain statements, allegedly originating from police sources that can negatively affect the safety of certain citizens and their property.
 
 
> Juvenile delinquency
FBiH HoP adopts Resolution against violence
BHT; FTV; NTV Hayat; Dnevni List, pg 5; Dnevni Avaz, pg 9; Oslobodjenje, pg 4; Nezavisne Novine, pg 2 – FBiH House of Peoples adopted Thursday a Resolution against juvenile delinquency and ordered the Government to urgently amend the criminal legislation and provide conditions for execution of sanctions against juvenile offenders.
Representatives of FBiH Government did not attend the HoP’s session.
Additionally, Oslobodjenje, pg 5 “Police to patrol around schools and in public transport vehicles”; FBiH, NTV Hayat, BHT reported that Sarajevo Canton Assembly adopted Action Plan for prevention of juvenile delinquency.
 
Sarajevo citizens to initiate new protests requesting authorities to demonstrate responsibility
Oslobodjenje, pg 5 – The daily reports that while police are extensively operating on identifying persons who were throwing stones and other items at the Cantonal building during protests on Wednesday, Sarajevo citizens are planning to organise new protests this Saturday at 1300hrs, but the venue has not been set yet. The aim is to peacefully and dignifiedly call on authorities to demonstrate responsibility.
Commenting on recent protests and responsibility of Cantonal Government, Fadil Sero, Director of Civil Society Promotion Centre, noted that Sarajevo Canton Government should realise that apart from security issues, there are also problems in education, health service, traffic sector, and etc. in Sarajevo Canton.
“Sarajevo Canton Government has to demonstrate its responsibility. Police Commissioner Himzo Selimovic cannot solve security issues all by himself. Selimovic can only turn citizens into his informers; Government should be the one to make citizens its social partners.”
 
IC appeal to BiH authorities to implement Strategy against Juvenile Delingquency adopted in 2006
BHT; NTV Hayat; FTV – The representatives of the Council of Europe, French Embassy to BiH, Delegation of European Commission to BiH, Open Society Fund, OSCE Mission to BiH, Organization Save the Children UK and UNICEF sent an open letter to BiH authorities on all levels, appealing for urgent implementation of the Strategy against Juvenile Delinquency adopted in 2006.
 
Juvenile prison in East Sarajevo to become operational soon
Glas Srpske pg 6 “Opening in March”; Nezavisne Novine, pg 2 – The construction of the juvenile prison in Kula in East Sarajevo is in the final phase and its official opening is expected to take place in the beginning of March, RS Justice Minister Dzerard Selman has said.
“The Ministry of Justice has allocated 500.000 KM for the construction of juvenile prison in East Sarajevo”, he added.
 
 
> Political/other news
HR’s interview for Avaz: Police reform is possible even without SDA
Dnevni Avaz, front pg and pg 5 – In his interview for Avaz, the HR Miroslav Lajcak stated that Kosovo independence would not create any instability in BiH, although he did not exclude a possibility that some individuals might try to abuse that act.
Lajcak pointed out that he expects BiH political leaders to demonstrate their responsibility, and stressed that the IC will not permit any instability. He refused to comment on the recent statements by SPONA, Radical and SDS parties’ leaders on RS secession in case of Kosovo independence. 
"BiH is a sovereign, internationally recognised state,”  said Lajcak, and added, “If anyone takes any measures against BiH order and stability, they must be ready to face consequences",
To a question whether the International Community has enough power for that, Lajck responded that there should be no doubt about the determination of the IC in that respect. 
Do not have doubts at all about decisiveness of the IC! What I've said is not just a product of some of my thoughts, but of intensive consultations with the representatives of the IC in BiH,” HR said.
As to the future of OHR and conditions for OHR’s closure, the HR explained that the issue will be decided at next PIC’s meeting in February, adding that once OHR is closed, EUSR office will take over activities in BiH further on.
He expressed his disappointment that SDA changed its stance on police reform, and said, “There are other five parties ready and willing to keep a promise given to me and EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn. Those parties want to prove that   majority in the Parliament will support them in this project.”
Asked whether it means that police reform can be implemented even without SDA, he confirmed affirmatively.
As to the SDA’s accusations that there is no true police reform and that three European principles have been finally given up, the HR wondered, ”And, what is an alternative? Do they offer any positive alternative? No, they do not offer anything! Neither EU integrations nor police reform progress! Rejecting proposals leads this country to crises. All of us can idly sit and criticise everyone else - the EU, the HR, other political partners. Instead of it, it is better to make a step forward, take best possibilities offered for the time being so that the country can join EU integrations, and then continuously work on improving situation.”
According to Lajcak, no one has right to take BiH citizens as a hostage to its parties’ stands. “Even if he is convinced, he is absolutely right, he has no right to do that,” stressed the HR.
He also said that Constitutional changes are necessary but there is no right political climate for them at the moment. “That’s why we have to focus on the issues we have to solve now, and that is, first and foremost, the EU integrations,” concluded Lajcak.  
 
OHR launched a public debate on EU integrations
BHT; FTV; NTV Hayat, RTRS; Dnevni Avaz, pg 2 – TheHigh Representative and EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajcak initiated on Thursday in Sarajevo a public debate with BiH citizens on the process of   EU integration of this country.
The HR stated it is time to enable the citizens of BiH to take an active role in the process of EU integration and to voice their opinions on which way the EU integrations can contribute to better life in BiH.
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s European future is not a project between the political elite and the European Union, but requires involvement and full support from all sectors of society. And in that light, it is necessary to change current unsatisfying situation,” said HR.
The campaign will include public debates to be held in 16 towns and cities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina over the next two months.
Inset – I am sorry Komsic chose some other priorities- Although he was announced as a participant in the OHR’s public campaign, Zeljko Komsic, BiH Presidency Chair, did not show up yesterday.
By saying “I am sorry that Komsic have chosen some other priorities,” Lajcak expressed his regrets over the fact that Komsic was absent. The daily learns that Komsic’s office cancelled his participation the day before the opening of the public debate, without any justification.
The paper notes that opening of the public debate was attended by numerous IC representatives, ambassadors, politicians, representatives of NGOs, but it was evident that few BiH officials attended it. Although all BiH and RS and FBiH Parliament members were invited to attend, most of them did not show up.
Also reported by Glas Srpske, pg 4 “Citizens’ voice should be heard”; Nezavisne Novine, pg 5 “Citizens should be involved in EU integration process”; Vecernji List, pg 4 “Citizens to be involved in EU integration process”; Dnevni List, pg 4 “Citizens’ pressure on local politicians”;
 
RS NGOs take joint stance on Kosovo’s independence
RTRS, Glas Srpske, pg 2 “Kosovo independence without precedent”; Nezavisne Novine, pg 4 “Secession of RS without referendum” – In the event that the EU decides to unilaterally recognise Kosovo’s independence and violate the international law, the Serb Movement of Nongovernmental Organisations (SPONA) will demand from the RS National Assembly to declare independence without organising a referendum.
“If some countries of the former Yugoslavia decide to recognise the independence of Kosovo, we’ll demand from RS executive and legislative authorities to return the transferred competencies from BiH to RS, within the Dayton Agreement”, SPONA President Branislav Dukic stated yesterday in Banja Luka.
“If so-called Kosovo Assembly can unilaterally declare independence from a legal and legitimate country such as Serbia, why shouldn’t legal RS NA have the right to declare RS independence”, said Dukic.
Dukic added that SPONA will follow the activities of similar organisations in Serbia on Sunday, “which means that protests are possible”.
Similar reported by FTV; BHT; NTV Hayat; Oslobodjenje, pg 3 “SPONA again calls on RS secession”; Dnevni List, front pg and pg 3 “Kosovo crisis – Demands for RS secession”
 
SNSD requests from BiH institutions to recognise RS as permanent entity
Nezavisne Novine, pg 4 – “Today or tomorrow, SNSD will send a declaration to BiH Parliamentary Assembly saying that BiH institutions consider RS a permanent entity. Unwillingness to adopt this declaration will represent a clear message about their stance towards the issue of RS”, said SNSD leader Milorad Dodik. 
He reiterated that RS will not recognise the independence of Kosovo and added that RS Government will do everything in its power to ensure peaceful situation in RS.
Also reported in Oslobodjenje, pg 3 “SPONA again calls on RS secession”
 
Canton Sarajevo Chief Prosecutor asked for information on missing original of DPA
FBiH, NTV Hayat, BHT, Oslobodjenje, pgs 2 and 3 - SarajevoCanton Chief Prosecutor Branko Sljivar asked on Thursday BiH Presidency and Presidency Chair Zeljko Komsic to submit to the Prosecutor’s Office information regarding the missing original of the Dayton Peace Agreement from the Presidency archive.
Sljivar stated that Prosecution shall take necessary measures and activities in order to assess possible criminal responsibility in case of destroying or theft of archive materials.
Information on the disappearance of the original of Dayton Peace Agreement from the Presidency Archive was confirmed on Wednesday by BIH Presidency Chair Zeljko Komsic, who announced that the police was asked to perform investigation of this case.
Allegedly, BiH Presidency civil servants say they have not seen the original of DPA for years.
Also reported in Dnevni Avaz, pg 3 “Sljivar to investigate disappearance of DPA”; Dnevni List, pg 3 “Sarajevo Prosecutor Sljivar to investigate where original of DPA disappeared”; Nezavisne Novine, pg 3 “Investigation about missing original of DPA”

 
Front pages
Dnevni Avaz – Police reform is possible even without SDA
Oslobodjenje – Draf police reform laws passed without Bosniaks’ consent
Dnevni List – Independence of RS requested
Vecernji List – Mostar: Humiliating match for Croatian victims
Nezavisne Novine – Draft laws adopted without SDA and SBiH votes
Glas Srpske – BiH CoM: Green light to Directorate for Coordination of Police bodies

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