PPID Daily Media Summary, 28 August 2008

>Police Reform/Police issues
Seven new police bodies and agencies need to be formed for BiH to get positive opinion of EC
Director of Foca Prison should be stripped off his duties
Higher salaries for police officers
Citizens are complaining that the security guards in trams are not fulfilling their duties
>Crime cases/Incidents/law and order 
Eighteen persons arrested due to suspicion of drug dealing and terrorism
Members of RS Ministry of Interior conducted action in Bileca
The owner of café “Kings” shot in both legs
Still no penitentiary institutions for under-aged persons in FBiH
>War crimes
The Trial Chamber of the ICTY issued "an order in lieu of the indictment" against Florence Hartmann
> Other/ political issues
Lagumdzija denials that he was invited to testify in the case of Algerian group
BiH to be blocked out of European integrations if politicians fail to agree on urgent issues
 
 
>Police Reform/Police issues
Seven new police bodies and agencies need to be formed for BiH to get positive opinion of EC
RTRS - If BiH intends to get positive opinion from European Commission, it will be necessary to form seven new police bodies and agencies within current police structure. But, deadline for establishment of the Independent Board and Citizens’ Complaint Board expired in the mid August. These Boards are important for implementation of Laws on police reform and Laws on future police structures in BiH.
BiH Parliamentary Assembly assumes responsibility to form these police Boards. Competent Commission did not create the Protocol which should define criteria for appointment of police Boards’ members.
“There are delays in establishing of the Commission which would be competent for issues related to forming of new police Boards. Commission was established only ten days before collective vacations and due to that fact we did not hold any meetings in that period”, stated Adem Huskic, President of Commission for Appointment of new PoliceBoards’ members.
We have little time left to form the Independent Board and the Citizens’ Complaint Board. I hope that both Houses of BiH Parliament will soon announce vacancies for new police Boards’ members”, said Lazar Prodanovic, the representative of the SNSD at the House of Representatives of the BiH Parliament.
Unlike the BiH Parliament, BiH Ministry of Security presented list of candidates for directors and deputy directors of three police agencies: Institute for Forensics; Institute for Education and Professional Training of Staff and Police Support Agency. BiH Minister of Security Tarik Sadovic could not specify when the BiH Council of Ministers could issue above-mentioned appointments.
Obviously, problem will occur at BiH Directorate for Police Coordination because Directorate directors and two deputy directors should be appointed by the Independent board for police directors’ appointment. Currently that is being done by the BiH Parliamentary Assembly, and I am afraid that the whole procedure will have delays”, said Sadovic.
Non-forming of new police bodies in a reasonable time will be negatively assessed in European Commission’s Annual Report on BiH’s progress towards EU.
 
Director of Foca Prison should be stripped off his duties
Dnevni List pg. 6 and 7 – New Foca Prison Director, Sinisa Golijanin, was appointed in order to head this institution although he was not allowed to perform any kind of duties at law enforcement agencies due to decision made by IPTF in July 2002.
OHR Spokesperson Mario Brkic also confirmed that Golijanin was disqualified to accomplish any kind of police competences, adding that the “OHR expressed their concerns about this case to RS Ministry of Justice”.
Considering this fact, we were surprised that Golijanin was still ranked as the best candidate for the position of Director of Foca Prison. The appointment was conducted by the RS Minister of Justice and he is the one who should explain his decision,” announced Brkic.
RS Ministry of Justice refused to comment on this case. Dnevni List quoted an official statement made by the Ministry for the online publication Justice Report few days ago, stating that Golijanin’s appointment was in accordance with the existing rules in procedures.
RS Deputy Minister of Justice, Bosko Djukic, stated for this publication that this Ministry, although it was not obligated to do it, asked for the list of decertified police officers from the RS MoI. He also reiterated that Golijanin’s name was not on that list.
 
Higher salaries for police officers
Dnevni Avaz pg. 8 – Una-Sana Canton Government on their session held yesterday gave their approval regarding agreement with the Labor Union of Secondary School Education, Una –Sana Canton Police Labor Union and, Una –Sana Canton MoI Police Officers Labour Union. In accordance with this agreement, the police officers and teachers will receive higher salaries.
 
Citizens are complaining that the security guards in trams are not fulfilling their duties
Dnevni Avaz pg. 13 – After the incident which occurred in one of the trams yesterday morning, as two men started to verbally insult each other in front of other passengers, citizens of Sarajevo started to complain that there are no security guards in the trams. GRAS’s press office refused to give any comments regarding this incident.
 
 
>Crime cases/Incidents/law and order
Eighteen persons arrested due to suspicion of drug dealing and terrorism
BHT - Eighteen persons were arrested in the scope of joint operation of RS Ministry of Interior and FBiH Ministry of Interior, due to suspicion of illegal drug dealing and terrorism. Thirteen persons were arrested in the region covered by Trebinje Public Security Center, and five in the region of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton. Four persons are still at large. The arrests were carried out upon the order of the County Prosecutor’s Office in Trebinje. The arrested persons were handed over to RS Special Prosecutor’s Office in Banja Luka.
Twenty-nine locations were searched during the operation conducted on Wednesday – 24 in the region covered by Trebinje Public Security Center and five in the territory of FBiH (three in Medjugorje and two in Mostar). The most of locations were searched in Trebinje – 22, while two locations were searched in Gacko.
“The organized criminal group, apart from the person who was their organizer, consisted of ten members with different roles within the group. In accordance with their roles and evidences collected, they are suspected of having committed the most serious criminal acts of organized crime and criminal associating of unauthorized production and drug dealing and criminal acts of terrorism,” statedthe Head of Trebinje Public Security Center, Goran Zubac.
All 18 arrestees were transferred to RS Special Prosecutor’s Office in Banja Luka, followed by strong police cordon. Zubac also announced another press-conference for Thursday. The Director of RS Ministry of Interior’s Police, Uros Pena, will participate at the press-conference, in order to reveal more detailed information on previous operations.
FTV reported that according to available information provided by police agencies, 35 persons have been arrested since August 23rd until Wednesday: Marica Culum, Goran Svorcan, Radenko Svorcan, Nikola Glusac, Radivoje Glusac, Zeljko Ilic, Ilija Bjeletic, Boris Skocajic, Zoran Bajcetic, Boris Samardzic, Borislav Kovacevic, Miljan Vujovic, Vladimir Vujovic, Dragan Zrnic, Dragan Travar, Nikola Saraba, Risto Saraba, Dragan Savovic, Borislav Tasovac, Rade Susic, Predrag Radjen, Dragan Jelic, Milorad Jelic, Kosto Spekaric, Jovo Siskovic and Nikola Cecez. The search after Tiho Gudelj, Vaso Ljubibratic, Vasilije Spirto, Aleksandar Rikalo and Igor Mastilovic is in process.
According to unofficial information, Ranko Pejovic from Foca, the member of FBiH Ministry of Interior’s Special Unit, is among the suspects for drug dealing. He was suspended and detained. This operation is the most successful one so far.
“This operation is going to have a strong influence on those dealing with drugs in the region of BiH. Several law enforcement agencies have cooperated based on information that have been collected for several months,” said theSpokesman of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton Ministry of Interior, Srecko Bosnjak.
The arrests are a part of the regional operation that was also conducted in Montenegro and Croatia at the same time.  The operation will be continued during the forthcoming days as well.
Dnevni Avazin their front page article titledWar against drug mafia“ informed that Pejovic, for whom Dnevni Avaz claims that his first name is Radenko, was former member of the RS MoI and was already several times under suspicion of being involved into smuggling of vehicles stolen on the territory of Montenegro.
We hat some information that Pejovic was involved into several criminal acts. An investigation was launched and in some way he was brought into connection with the group which was smuggling stolen cars from Montenegro, but after that he left RS MoI and got an employment at the FBiH Police Administration”, stated a source at the RS MoI. 
Explosions, car thefts and drug trafficking were routine in Trebinje during past few years. Residents of Trebinje lived in fear, with no confidence in police, prosecution or judiciary. Biggest problem in the past was that after the arrests, courts would release those persons. This time, police has successfully done its job. Next move is to be done by Prosecutor’s Office and Courts, reported RTRS.
Also reported by: NTV Hayat, OBN, Oslobodjenje pg. 25, Dnevni List Front Page “Another six persons arrested in Mostar and Medjugorje“and pg. 23, Vecernji List Front Page „Cocaine drug chain broken“ and pg. 23, Nezavisne Novine Front Page and pg. 2, Glas Srpske Front Page and pg. 5, Press RS Front Page and pg. 16 and 17
 
Members of RS Ministry of Interior conducted action in Bileca
NTV Hayat - Members of RS Ministry of Interior conducted an action in Bileca. The action ended with submitting denouncements against twenty six persons, members of a drug-dealing group which is suspected of transporting 500 kilograms of marijuana across the state border. Value of transported marijuana amounts about a million BAM.
‘’Interrogations are still in progress. BiH Prosecutor’s Office will demand from BiH Court to order custody for twelve persons’’, said the spokesman of BiH Prosecutor’s Office, Boris Grubesic.
Also reported by: Vecernji List pg. 23, Nezavisne Novine pg. 2
 
The owner of café “Kings” shot in both legs
Nezavisne Novine Front Page and pg. 12, Glas Srpske pg. 15, Press RS pg. 17 – The owner of Banja Luka’s café bar “Kings” Bojan Mrdja (29) was shot in both legs by an unknown person who was wearing biker’s helmet and was all dressed in dark clothes.
“He approached the bar and fired three shots in Mrdja. After that he run away to a car where drivers was already waiting for him and they drove away towards the ‘Leather factory’”, says eyewitness who did not want his name to be mentioned.
The eyewitnesses think that shooter shot at wrong person because, as they said, Mrdja never had any problems with the Law nor was involved in any kid of illegal businesses.
Banja Luka Police announced that they had been informed about the shooting incident at on Tuesday night. It was confirmed that three shots have been fired at Mrdja. Police did not want to reveal any more details.
Prosecutor Mirsada Hadzic ordered the investigation in order to indentify the perpetrator.
Also reported by: Vecernji List pg. 23, Dnevni Avaz pg. 16, Oslobodjenje pg. 24  
 
Still no penitentiary institutions for under-aged persons in FBiH
FTV - Besides a number of serious criminal acts committed by under-aged persons, there are still no penitentiary institutions for under-aged persons in FBiH. Although it has been announced, Sanski Most Municipal Council did not consider giving an approval for the construction of such institution. Therefore, BiH Ministry of Justice will announce another location in a month.
The number of serious criminal acts committed by under-aged persons increased during the past years. One murder was processed at the Municipal Court in Sarajevo in 2007, and four in 2008. Without a penitentiary institution for under-aged perpetrators, prosecution and jurisdiction are forced to determine much lower punishments for murders committed by under-aged persons than foreseen by the law.
“It is obvious that the negative attitude of local community is what causes difficulties in finding the right location for the construction of such an institution,” statedFBiH Minister of Justice, Feliks Vidovic.
Certain under-aged persons under custody order are serving their sentences at Zenica penitentiary, along with adults, until such institution is constructed.
 
>War crimes
The Trial Chamber of the ICTY issued "an order in lieu of the indictment" against Florence Hartmann
BHT - The Trial Chamber of the ICTY issued "an order in lieu of the indictment" against Florence Hartmann, former spokeswoman of The Hague Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte. She is charged with “knowingly and intentionally obstructing justice” by making public the confidential information contrary to the Appeals Chamber decisions. The information pertains to the decisions granting confidential status to documents from the Supreme Defense Council that Belgrade handed over to the prosecution in the Slobodan Milosevic case.
Also reported by: FTV, RTRS, Dnevni Avaz pg. 3, Oslobodjenje Front Page “Florence Hartmann accused of obstructing justice” and pg. 9, Dnevni List pg. 4, Vecernji List pg. 10, Nezavisne Novine pg. 5, Glas Srpske pg. 3  
 
 
> Other/ political issues
Lagumdzija denials that he was invited to testify in the case of Algerian group
Oslobodjenje Front Page “Information ‘cooked’ in Dodik’s headquarter” and pg. 5– After Banja Luka`s daily press announced that president of SDP BiH Zlatko Lagumdzija has been invited to testify about the arrests of members of the so-called Algerian group, he denied the media announcement  and claimed that neither American nor any other court has asked him to testify.
 Lagumdzija was supposed to give his testimony in front of Washington court.
Not a singe American court, or foreign or domestic institution contacted me regarding this question,” declared Lagumdzija, explaining that this story was created in “Banja Luka’s headquarter of the RS PM Milorad Dodik.” and was attempted to “throw shadow” on Lagumdzija’s appearance on the democrats convention in Denver and the speech he was holding there. He also said that he is ready to testify any time about what really happened in 2001 in BiH.
Dnevni Avaz “Lagumdzija is saved by his diplomatic passport” informed that the SDP leader is having diplomatic immunity during his stay at the United States and can not be forced to testify before any US court unless he decides to give his statement voluntarily. This is the official statement given by the BiH Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the American Embassy in BiH as a respond to their question regarding the purpose of Lagumdzija’s visit there.
Nezavisne Novine, however, reported that the Regional Court in Washington still hasn’t made a decision if Lagumdzija will be invited to testify at all.
 Also reported by: FTV, NTV Hayat
 
BiH to be blocked out of European integrations if politicians fail to agree on urgent issues
RTRS - BiH will be blocked out of European integration process if leaders of political parties in BiH fail to agree on urgent issues, stated Carolina Ravaud, the Special Representative of the Council of Europe Secretary-General.
“BiH leaders should meet continuously and discuss on many problems that BiH is currently confronting with. It is a scandalous to see members of BiH Presidency unable to agree on any of important issues. However, one ship cannot have three captains”’, she stressed.     
 
 
 
Front Pages:
Dnevni Avaz – War against drug mafia
Oslobodjenje – Florence Hartmann accused of obstructing justice
Dnevni List – Another six persons arrested in Mostar and Medjugorje
Vecernji List – Cocaine drug chain broken
Nezavisne Novine – Arrested for drugs trafficking and terrorism; The owner of café shot in both legs;
Glas SrpskeDetention for lawyer Marica Culum requested;
Press RS – Culum caught because of “sneakers”;

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