05 SEC AGO
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The highest courtroom in Bosnia on Friday launched the nation’s intelligence chief following his detention and interrogation on prices of cash laundering and abusing his workplace to forge college diplomas.
Osman Mehmedagic, head of the Intelligence-Safety Company (OSA), was arrested on Wednesday on the request of state prosecutors who stated he was being investigated for the abuse of workplace or authority and for forging the paperwork and cash laundering.
Bosnia’s state courtroom rejected the prosecutors’ request to maintain Mehmedagic in detention for 30 days whereas the investigation is below means and an indictment issued.
Nevertheless it banned Mehmedagic from speaking with different suspects within the case of alleged diploma forgery, in addition to with prosecution witnesses and anybody else aside from his attorneys.
The prosecutors stated they might enchantment towards the choice to set him free.
Political Cartoons on World Leaders
The arrest of Mehmedagic, a Muslim Bosniak, prompted an uproar in ethnically divided Bosnia, with Bosniak politicians accusing the prosecutors of appearing on political orders by Croat and Serb political leaders.
Mehmedagic’s lawyer Senka Nozica stated there was no foundation to accuse him of the felony acts he was suspected of.
Final month, police arrested the director of the American College in Sarajevo and Tuzla for reportedly illegally issuing a diploma to Mehmedagic. The director was launched from detention this week.
In October, Mehmedagic and an affiliate have been charged with abuse of workplace for allegedly utilizing company assets to spy on a person who had filed a felony criticism towards him, however the courtroom acquitted them of the fees. Prosecutors appealed.
Corruption is widespread in Bosnia, which has been dominated by the three rival ethnic communities after the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia within the Balkan wars of the 1990s, infiltrating all spheres of life, together with the judiciary, training and well being.
(Reporting by Daria Sito-Sucic; Modifying by William Maclean)
Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.