Prison sentences to 438 years

Friday March 22nd, 2013
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RS Special Prosecutor’s Office actions end in prison sentences up to 438 years for 157 persons.

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Written by the Center for Investigative Reporting

Indictments by the Special Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Srpska (RS), over the past six years, have resulted in sentences amounting to 438 years and nine months for 157 persons and to fines of 106,000 KM for 17 persons. An Activity Report of the office covering the past six years came up with these figures.

Composed by Chief Special Prosecutor Miodrag Bajić the report states that during this period indictments were brought against 213 persons for organized and economic crime and for other crimes of significance for the RS. When it comes to economic crime, they investigated and issued indictments against general managers of public companies and banks: “Šume Republike Srpske” (Public Forestry Enterprise), “Željeznice Republike Srpske” (Republic of Srpska Railways), “Rafinerija nafte Brod” (Oil Refinary Brod), Robna kuća Boska (Boska Department Store), Investment and Development Bank and others.

The Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo (CIN) has found from this judicial institution that currently proceedings are ongoing against an inspector of the RS Tax Administration, an inspector of the Republic Administration for Games of Chance, the Mayor of the Municipality of Brod, an attorney and a bankruptcy administrator.

Out of verdicts that have been reached for economic crimes, one of the longest prison sentences was pronounced against General Manager of “Željeznice Republike Srpske”, Sreten Telebak. He was sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison for abusing official position and authority with the final judgment by the RS Supreme Court, in April 2011. Telebak was convicted because as the general manager of the RS Railways he sold 89 freight cars below the actual price to the company “Panon-vagon” from Subotica. Also, he was convicted for signing a bad contract yes this would have to be explained with the trade and catering company “Peti neplan” Ltd.  Niševići, for which he provided 25.000 m² of RS Railways land at Omarska station to build a terminal for the warehousing of oil and oil derivatives, obliging this company to transport 1.200.000 liters of oil derivatives monthly on railways of “Željeznice”.

The RS Special Prosecutor’s Office wrote CIN that it could not be held responsible for the length of pronounced sentences and for court criminal policy. It was stated that the longest prison sentence pronounced upon an indictment of the RS Special Prosecutor’s Office was 27 years.

Chief Prosecutor Bajić in the Activity Report stated that upon indictments of the RS Special Prosecutor’s Office final judgments were reached resulting in confiscation of property gain that was obtained from criminal acts in the total amount of 1.5 million marks, while financial investigations were conducted against 16 persons, and property worth over 20 million marks has been blocked.

In 2011, CIN conducted an analysis of cases done by the RS Special Prosecutor’s Office, which achieved the best results in the area of organized crime, and the worst results in the area of economic crime. President of the Republic of Srpska Milorad Dodik early this year threatened that he would abolish the RS Special Prosecutor’s Office if the results were not better.

Responding to the letter from the CIN, the RS Special Prosecutor’s Office has stated that no threats affect its conscientious and responsible work and that it will continue to do  its work in accordance with its authorizations and competencies.

 Published on 21st March 2013

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