The accused include two Tunisian nationals and two nationals of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The seized tobacco and cigarettes without appropriate excise stamps will be confiscated, and a report on the committed criminal offence will be submitted against the perpetrators.
In a coordinated operation conducted under the supervision of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH, authorised officials of the Indirect Taxation Authority (ITA) BiH, in several separate operations, discovered and seized a significant quantity of cigarettes and tobacco, as well as other items used to commit the crime.
The Prosecutor’s Offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina have taken necessary measures and are continuing to work and exercise their roles and competencies envisaged by the Constitution and law. The monitoring of the legality of public procurement procedures has been intensified. Measures will be taken to secure the conditions for carrying out autopsies.
Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina has issued an Indictment against the following person:
Extension of custody has been proposed for the reasons set forth in Article 132, paragraph 1, item d) of the Criminal Procedure Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, due to the fact that the suspect’s behavior seriously endangered the health of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina as he released three persons coming from Austria - one of the countries with intensive transmission of the Coronavirus, who did not have valid travel documents, without referring them to any sanitary or health examination.
Extension of custody has been proposed due to the risk of the suspects’ flight and the danger that, if at large, they might hinder investigation, conceal evidence and influence witnesses or accomplices, or commit a new criminal offence or complete the criminal offence.
It is an international regional operation in which prosecutor’s offices and law enforcement agencies from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia, in a joint cooperation, have discovered organized groups for smuggling of migrants. These accused persons are charged with smuggling of at least 141 illegal migrants.
The defendant Željko Vučeraković (1962) is charged with the international smuggling of narcotic drugs - cocaine from Montenegro into Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Defendant Rassl Beatrix (1962) is charged with attempting to smuggle across the border two illegal migrants, Bangladeshi citizens, hidden in a concealed place of her car.