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19 July 2013
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Bosnian Prosecution ‘Will Not Succumb to Pressure’

Marija Tausan BIRN BiH Sarajevo
After the Bosnian State Protection and Investigation agency Arrested lawmaker Semsudin Mehmedovic, the Bosnian prosecution confirmed that the arrest was not carried out with its approval.
“The prosecution is undertaking an investigation in this case but further steps will only depend on the quality of evidence,” said spokesperson Boris Grubesic in a written statement.

The Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency, SIPA, arrested former policeman turned MP Mehmedovic early on Friday morning in connection with allegations that officers he controlled during wartime had abused civilian prisoners in the town of Tesanj in central Bosnia in 1992 and 1993.

SIPA also accused the Bosnian prosecutor’s office and chief prosecutor Goran Salihovic of obstructing its investigation.  
Grubesic did not respond directly to the allegations that the prosecutor had obstructed the investigation but instead hinted that he believed that the claims had political motivations.

“We are a judicial institution and we work by the law. The prosecutor’s office of Bosnia and Herzegovina does not wish to and will not be a subject of the squabbles of political and other officials,” he said.

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