INDICTMENT ISSUED AGAINST 32 PERSONS WITHIN THE "LUTKA” CASE. INDICTMENT REFERS TO ONE OF THE LARGEST ORGANIZED CRIME GROUPS IN POST-DAYTON BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA28.08.2013. 14:38
The Prosecutor of the Special Department for Organized Crime, Economic Crime and Corruption within the Prosecutor's Office of BiH issued an indictment against a total of 32 persons in the Case v. Darko Elez et al.. The accused persons are charged with some of the most serious criminal offenses of organized crime committed in the past 10 years on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The accused persons are, inter alia, charged with:
- First Degree Murder of Vladimir Mačar in Pale in January 2008 by an explosive device planted on the previously stolen vehicle. On that occasion Vladimir Mačar and Milan Vlaškić where immediately killed while an innocent bystander Rade Magazin was initially badly injured but subsequently died. Several other persons were also injured;
- First Degree Murder of Boris Govedarica committed in August 2007 close to a mall in Lukavica. The victim was fired at from an automatic weapon i.e. from two automatic rifles firing more than 15 shots, which led to his immediate death. The murder took place at the crossroad of a busy street, which caused great threat to public safety;
- First Degree Murder of Zoran Golub in August 2008 at the "Sport" cafe in East Sarajevo. The aforementioned person was killed in a catering facility when more than 40 shots were fired at him from two automatic rifles, which caused great danger to the lives of all persons present in the facility;
- Arrangement, planning, and two attempted murders of Đorđe Ždrale, committed during 2006 in the area of East Sarajevo, by way of using firearms on Đorđe Ždrale. During the first attempt he was badly wounded with several shots from a firearm;
- Robbery of a money transport of Privredna banka Sarajevo in the amount of 2.2 million Euros (about 4.4 million BAM), which was committed in Nedžarici in Sarajevo in June 2006, when the vehicle used for money transport to the airport was robbed;
- Robbery of a money transport of Pavlovic International Bank from Bijeljina, which was committed in August 2005 in the area of Han Pijesak by way of intercepting a money transporting vehicle and stealing about 1.8 million BAM;
- Attempted robbery of money from Nova Banka a.d. Bijeljina - East Sarajevo branch in November 2005 when the security guards, who were transporting 2.2 million BAM, used their weapons after being shot at. The robbers were wounded in the shootout and fled in the direction of Sarajevo;
- Robbery of approximately 670,000 BAM from Post Office 2 in Sarajevo, in JUNE 2009 when the money was stolen in an armed robbery and the perpetrators drove away in a van which was subsequently burned.
This indictment shed some light on 5 unsolved murders committed in the area of East Sarajevo as well as several robberies and aggravated robberies that have remained unsolved over the years. The involvement of the Prosecutor's Office of BiH led to progress in detecting and prosecuting the perpetrators.
When committing the robberies and attempted robberies, of which two were carried out in the area of East Sarajevo and two in Sarajevo Canton, members of this criminal organization have often used clothing, equipment, masks and vehicles with police markings which resembled police uniforms and equipment.
The accused persons are charged to have, as members of an organized criminal group which had a clear division of tasks and roles, committed a number of serious criminal offenses with the aim of acquiring unlawful gain, as well as murders which have caused grave consequences for the safety of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The criminal offenses committed by this organized criminal group resulted with consequences felt across BiH and neighboring countries. A significant number of the accused persons are citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia and a number of the accused persons are serving prison sentences in the Republic of Serbia.
During the course of the work on this case extremely good cooperation was maintained with prosecutor's offices and courts in the Republic of Serbia, as well as judicial and police authorities of the Republic of Serbia. The efforts invested in this case are an excellent example of interstate cooperation in the fight against organized crime.
The following persons were charged within the scope of the case codenamed "Lutka":
- Darko Elez (1980)
- Bojan Cvijan (1976)
- Benan Dorić (1969)
- Davor Mandić (1974)
- Branimir Minić (1984)
- Vladimir Pandurević (1980)
- Vaso Ljubibratić (1975)
- Muhamed Ramić (1973)
- Sead Robović (1980)
- Edin Ahmetspahić (1978)
- Davor Elez (1977)
- Ljubisa Lalović (1976)
- Marko Krajišnik (1978)
- Slobodanka Tošić (1986)
- Himzo Ćato (1972)
- Dejan Vukosavljević (1978)
- Nermin Tahirović (1976)
- Elvira Kajević (1972)
- Azim Kajević (1967)
- Mehmed Kajević (1963)
- Elvis Zlatić (1983)
- Admir Ahmetspahić (1980)
- Dragan Vujičić (1977)
- Vladan Parađina (1977)
- Dragan Jevtović (1977)
- Benjamin Halilović (1970)
- Milan Mitić (1960)
- Dragan Obućina (1977)
- Anes Kurbegović (1973)
- Milosav Vesković (1978)
- Slaviša Bobar (1978)
- Mladen Mičić (1975)
Three of the above-mentioned accused persons: Cvijan, Lalović and Vukosavljević were, at the time the offenses were committed, employees of SIPA, BiH Border Police and Ministry of Interior of Sarajevo Canton.
The indictment was forwarded to the Court of BiH for confirmation along with the voluminous evidentiary material collected in 20 binders, with about 500 exhibits in writing that have been collected during the years of investigation in this case
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