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Friday, 9 July 2004

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SFOR

Dani

Bosnian Barometer General Packett impresses BiH public

After impressing the BiH public with his prophetic abilities, self-confidently announcing that the most wanted Serb will be transferred to the Hague Tribunal within eight days, eight months or eight years, the American prophet impersonating COMSFOR General Virgil Packett has now tried to impress the innocent Italian people. On 1 July, in an interview with La Repubblica, an Italian daily, this overly clairvoyant person, who is working on his Nosradamus impression, said: "We are so close to Karadzic that we can feel him breathe. His days are numbered, we will arrest him before the end of the week." To feel his breath is an experience worth $200 million, which is the cost of the approximately 150 failed SFOR operations to arrest Radovan. That is how the real professionals do it. When they want to arrest the most notorious person in the recent history, they do not hesitate to spend a lot of money, so they appoint creatures with a refined sense of hearing and smell. So we should not be surprised if the hypersensitive and clairvoyant Virgil Packett informs us about the type of chewing gum, after-shave lotion or hair gel that Radovan Karadzic uses. Because a sensitive nose can tell the difference between Orbit and Spearmint chewing gums. (Photo on page 16)

SFOR

Slobodna Bosna

Austria deploying troops to BiH

As we are approaching the withdrawal of American troops within SFOR from BiH, the number of soldiers from European countries deployed to BiH is rising. The Austrian Armed Forces recently deployed 40 troops to join the Multinational Special Unit. According to a reliable source. Austria has planned to deploy another 120 soldiers to BiH to set up their own intelligence network that will serve only their own troops on the ground. (p.12)

SFOR

Slobodna Bosna

SFOR investigating who leaks information about operations to arrest war crimes suspects!

According to a reliable source, SFOR is conducting a thorough inspection of all telephone calls made in SFOR HQ in Butmir just before and just after the important SFOR operations to arrest war crimes suspects. According to the source, just before every such operation, an American satellite on the base is turned to a specific position to establish a link with other satellites in order to facilitate easier communication with units on the ground, especially air-borne units. The movement of the satellite antenna is the clear sign that something is about to happen. Local employees then inform people who can alert war crimes suspects of these activities. It is believed that a telephone number in Banja Luka is crucial for these warnings. (p.10)

SFOR

Dani

Bosnian Barometer: Miroslav Nikolic

After SFOR has finally, in accordance with the law, suspended Drago Dragicevic, Chief Inspector in the FBiH Defence Ministry, Miroslav Nikolic, FBiH Defence Minister, still does not have an official explanation for his suspension. In an interview with Vecernji List, Nikolic pretended that he knew nothing about the fact that Dragicevic, as a member of the so-called Zepce Group, had been indicted for war crimes, and therefore was ineligible to hold any public office. "You are aware of the fact that the vetting process conducted by SFOR was not transparent. I have tried to talk to SFOR officials, but they declined. They simply asked for Dragicevic to be suspended," said Nikolic about the suspension of his favorite official in the FBiH Defence Ministry. He does not care about Dragicevic's past, even if it is tainted with blood. (Photo on page 16)

SFOR

Vecerni List

Operation Harvest in Central Bosnia Canton upsets people

SFOR troops have been conducting Operation harvest in the Central Bosnia Canton since 1 July 2004. However, SFOR troops have upset the local population because soldiers have been searching houses for illegally-held weapons. (Photo on the front page and page 3)

SFOR

Jutarnje Novine

A grenade from WWI destroyed in Rajlovac

A grenade from the WWI was recently destroyed in the SFOR Camp in Rajlovac. The grenade was found during construction work on the main gate of the camp. (Photo on page 58)

SFOR

Dnevni avaz

FTV claims there is a mole within SFOR

According to information made public last night by the FTV, the recent SFOR operation to arrest Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic failed because of a mole within SFOR. SFOR has already denied these allegations, but sources close to the international community claim that SFOR intelligence services have been intensively looking for a mole within SFOR. The investigation is focused on SFOR HQ in Butmir. Mark Hope, SFOR spokesperson, refused to speculate on the media speculation, adding that SFOR would continue its operations to help the local authorities. (p.5) /The same in Jutarnje Novine (p.7)/

SFOR

Oslobodjenje

Maj. Ozdemu replaces Colonel Karadayi

Yesterday, the transfer of authority between the outgoing commander of the Turkish Unit, Colonel Mehmet Karadayi, and the incoming commander, Maj. Ali Gokcen Ozdemu, took place in Zenica. (p.10) /The same in Dnevni avaz (p.7)/

SFOR

Oslobodjenje

SFOR finds a weapons cache in Novi Travnik

As of 1 July 2004, SFOR troops have been conducting Operation Harvest in the Central Bosnia Canton. Yesterday, SFOR troops found a weapon cache in a private house in Novi Travnik. The list of weapons collected during the operation includes 129,877 rounds of ammunition, 1,445 hand grenades, 142 anti-personnel mines and 364 pieces of small arms. SFOR expressed its satisfaction with the co-operation of the local population. (Photo on the front page and page 7) /The same in Jutarnje Novine (p.3), Nezavisne Novine (p.11)/

BIH - MEDIA

Slobodna Bosna

Is Radoncic trying to save his newspapers from the ruin that is threatening the rest of his business empire?

Last week, the biggest Bosnian media and news publishing and printing company, NIK Avaz, informed its subscribers that its papers, Dnevni avaz, Azra, Sport, Express and other Avaz editions would be printed by the new A-Roto Press d.o.o. Sarajevo as of 1 July and not its former printing company. After this seemingly irrelevant information, certain Avaz sources contacted the editor's office, claiming that this was not an official registration of a new editor, but a highly serious maneuver with far-reaching consequences for the local media, business, and finally, the political and public stage. The same sources consider that the whole business regarding the registration was done because NIK Avaz took a loan for an incredible 20 million KM from a foreign bank that has branch offices in BiH. Other speculation by Avaz's sources says that the management of Avaz is afraid of possible criminal charges being filed as regards its exemption from paying one million KM in taxes, as established by the Finance Police and the Federation Tax Administration and ruled by the Federation Supreme Court. (Photo on page 19)

BIH - PARTIES

Dnevni List

DPA supports Dragan Cavic

The Democratic Patriotic Party supports RS President Dragan Cavic in his efforts to overcome the crisis of institutions and achieve the best solution that will stabilize the newly arisen circumstances in the RS. The DPA also asks for the unified stance of all Serb parliamentary parties towards the minimum of vital national interests of the RS. (p.16)

BIH - PARTIES

Glas Srpske

PDP: Adil confuses the issues

Yesterday, the PDP assessed that SDA Vice President Adil Osmanovic "has confused the issue" when he stated that the SDA would use the RS Chamber of Peoples as a mechanism for blocking the political system. According to the PDP, no one has the right to politically blackmail RS authorities to serve some party's interests, as Osmanovic does. (p.2)

BIH - PARTIES

Dnevni avaz

Adil Osmanovic: Possible radicalization of the situation in the RS

Yesterday, RS Vice President Adil Osmanovic called on President Cavic not to initiate dismissal of Bosniac ministers in the RS Government because it could seriously destabilize RS institutions. "I expect the RS President and the Government to seriously consider the recent decision by HR Ashdown and remove all setbacks that contributed to the failure of BiH to join Partnership for Peace," said Osmanovic at a press conference in Banja Luka yesterday. "A decision to dismiss Bosniac ministers could easily lead to radicalization of the current situation in the RS," said Osmanovic. (p.4)/The same in Glas Srpske (p.2), Nezavisne Novine (Photo on p.3)/

BIH - PARTIES

Dnevni avaz

Rift between Mikerevic and Ivanic appears?

Stuck in a rift between PDP requests for dismissal of SDA ministers in the RS Government and sharp warnings by the SDA that the dismissal of Bosniac ministers could complicate things, Mikerevic is constantly in contact with SDA senior officials in the RS, whom he has asked not to aggravate the situation further and make his current position harder. While some people think that this has been arranged between Mikerevic and Ivanic, that one of them heats up the atmosphere, while the other will resolve the crisis of authority at the very start to the delight of all involved, others believe that a rift has appeared between the two of them. Since the NATO Summit, Mikerevic's standing in international circles has been ever stronger, while Ivanic's has been weaker and weaker. (Photo on p.4)

BIH - PARTIES

Dnevni avaz

SDS Main Board supports PDP request for dismissal of SDA ministers

"The SDS is supporting a PDP request for the dismissal of three RS Ministers from the SDA, and the Main Board has concluded that the dismissal of these ministers is unavoidable following Sulejman Tihic's rude and anti-Dayton attacks and humiliating accusations against the RS," said Acting SDS Director Dragan Cavic yesterday. He also said that the Main Board requested that RS Premier Dragan Mikerevic "immediately appoint new Bosniac ministers in accordance with the principle of constituency in the Government". Cavic thinks that such a decision cannot destabilize BiH, as "the Federation functions even without any representative of RS political parties".(Photo on p.4)/The same in Jutarnje Novine (p.7), Glas Srpske (p.2), Nezavisne Novine (Photo on p.3)/

BIH - PARTIES

Dnevni avaz

Tihic: We won't allow dismissal of Bosniac ministers

Commenting on a request by the PDP that SDA Ministers in the RS Government be dismissed, Chair of the BiH Presidency Sulejman Tihic said that the SDA would not do anything that might destabilize the Republika Srpska, especially not on state level. "However, we will do anything to prevent the intention of the PDP and SDS to dismiss the Bosniac Ministers. They do not represent only the Party of Democratic Action, they also represent one constituent people, and they represent citizens of the RS. This request is not an attack against the SDA, but against the principles of equality and constituency of the peoples in the RS," said Tihic. "The ultimate goal of the PDP and SDS is for the RS Government to have Bosniac ministers that are not legally elected and are not supported by citizens of the RS," said Tihic. (p.5)/The same in Oslobodjenje (Photo on p.4)

BIH - SCG

Oslobodjenje

Letter from Belgrade to mothers from Srebrenica and Zepa

The Belgrade Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Belgrade sent a letter to the Association of Mothers from Srebrenica and Zepa to express their shame at what happened in Srebrenica in July 1995. The letter reads that many in Serbia are ashamed at crimes committed in Srebrenica. "However, the state is not ready to admit that it had sent tanks and weapons. Criminals are at large, while those in prison are hiding their true intentions," the letter reads. Some 50 members of the Initiative have announced that they will attend the funeral in Potocari on 11 July to express their solidarity with the victims of genocide. (Photo on page 3)

BIH - SCG

Oslobodjenje

Tadic apologises for the date of his inauguration

On Thursday, Boris Tadic, the newly elected Serbian President, admitted that the date of his inauguration "unfortunately coincided" with the anniversary of the Srebrenica tragedy. He apologised to all upset by the date of his inauguration and asked for understanding because "there was no bad intention." He also said that he had not taken part in setting a date for his inauguration. (Photo on the front page) /The same in Glas Srpske (p.2)/

BIH - SCG

Oslobodjenje

Prvoslav Davinic, SCG Defence Minister: I think that Karadzic has been arrested

Prvoslav Davinic, SCG Defence Minister, believes that Radovan Karadzic has already been arrested. "Carla Del Ponte's statements indicate that Karadzic has been arrested and that he will be shown to the public at the most convenient moment," said Davinic, refusing to elaborate. (Photo on page 3)

COUNCIL OF MINISTERS

Dnevni avaz

SBS under the authority of Ministry of Security

At its session held yesterday, the BiH Council of Ministers established proposed Draft Laws on the State Border Service and on Monitoring and Inspection of the Crossing of Borders which will be forwarded in the parliament by summary procedure. The Draft Law on SBS envisages that this service will be put under the authority of the Ministry of Security. The issue of the appointment of the SBS Director will also be resolved. The latter law does not tackle the issue of crossing of the BiH border with a passport issued by UNMIK. The Council of Ministers also allocated 30,000 KM for the marking of the ninth anniversary of the tragedy in Srebrenica. (Photo on page 2) /The same in Dnevni List (p. 4), Jutarnje Novine (p. 7)/

CRIME

Slobodna Bosna

German police had evidence that Juka Prazina was killed by Zijo Orucevic on the order of Senad Sahinpasic Saja!

After conducting a six-year-long investigation into the possible involvement of Senad Sahinpasic Saja in the assassination of Juka Prazina, the Bavarian Criminal Police closed the investigation on 15 December 1998 because there was not enough evidence for a prosecution. The investigation by the Munich Prosecutor's Office into Saja being possibly linked to Juka Prazina's assassination opened at the end of 1993 and was based on tapped phone conversations. As stated in a police report, Saja said in one of his phone conversations on 5 December 1993 that Juka, who was residing in Belgium, had been killed early on 4 December, despite the fact that his body had not yet been found at that time. Then, the Bavarian Criminal Police started questioning several of Juka's friends and persons with whom he was in contact during his stay in Germany. It is obvious from the witnesses' testimonies and questions asked by the police investigators that the German police had serious indications that Prazina had been killed by Zijo Orucevic from Mostar. According to the information available to the Munich police, Orucevic arrived in Germany from Croatia with a passport issued to a man called Vedran Corda. The German police also had a copy of Corda's passport, which was shown to each of the witnesses, who had to identify him. All the witnesses were questioned about the links between Juka and Saja, and one of Sahinpasic's close associates stated that he knew that Prazina had threatened Saja on several occasions. "Saja was linked to people from Sandzak. He was the only one who could hurt Juka, since he had a lot of money. Sandzak people were Juka's biggest enemies. In my opinion, Saja talked Zijo into issuing an order for the assassination of Juka," witness A.M. told the German police. (Photo on page 26)

CRIME

Dani

Judge Salem Miso: I would sentence Bajramovic again

In February 2001, Judge Salem Miso sentenced Ismet Bajramovic, also known as Celo, Mahir Radzo and Mevsud Licina for the murder of Rahman Hajdarpasic to 67 years in jail. The Supreme Court upheld his decision. During and after the trial, Judge Miso was receiving death threats and was given police escort around the clock. Recently, Aleksandra Martinovic, a Sarajevo Canton Court judge who retried Bajramovic, Radzo and Licina, ruled that Bajramovic was not responsible for the murder of Hajdarpasic. She also ruled that Radzo and Licina had killed Hajdarpasic in self-defence. Miso said that, with the same evidence, he would again render the same sentence. He is no longer under police protection. He praised the work of John McNair, Head of the BiH Prosecutor's Office Special Department for Organised Crime, Economic Crime and Corruption, saying that other prosecutors at all levels should look up to him. He said that the police were doing their job, but that prosecutors must institute legal proceedings against perpetrators. (Photo on page 12)

FBIH - PARLIAMENT

Dnevni avaz

Half of an outstanding pension to be paid in 15 days

The Federation Government decided to pay out the second half of the outstanding pension for October 2000, and earmarked KM 20.9 million for this purpose and an additional KM 209,357 for payout costs. In accordance with the Government's decision, the money for this outstanding pension will be transferred into the account of the Federation Pension and Disability Insurance Fund within 15 days. (p.2)

ICTY

Slobodna Bosna

The Hague investigates role of the ABIH 2nd Corps in events in Vozuca

The former Commander of the ABiH 206th Brigade, Semsudin Muminovic, left for The Hague few days ago. According to reliable sources, he will testify about the events that occurred in August 1995 during the liberation of Vozuca. This will be just another testimony in a series of the already given to Hague investigators over the past several years. During the operation of the ABiH in Vozuca, dozens of Serb soldiers and civilians were killed. The previous investigation mainly paid attention to the role of the ABiH 3rd Corps units. Semsudin Muminovic is the first officer of the 2nd Corps who has been suspected of committing crimes in Vozuca in the summer of 1995. (p.15)

ICTY

Dnevni List

Prlic and others on provisional release from 19 July?

According to information from The Hague, the Hague Tribunal Status Conference is scheduled for 19 July 2004, when the request by six indicted Croats from BiH, Jadranko Prlic, Bruno Stojic, Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petkovic, Valentin Coric and Berislav Pusic, to be provisionally released should be discussed. (p.3)

INCIDENTS

Nezavisne Novine

Mother and two children killed by a hand grenade

On Wednesday night, around midnight, a family tragedy occurred in Trebinje in which Slavica Tripic, aged 32, and her two daughters Sara, aged 8, and Sandra, aged 5, were killed when a M-52 hand grenade exploded. By all indications, Slavica Tripic committed suicide and intentionally killed her daughters. (Photo on p.2)

INTERVIEWS

Slobodna Bosna

Clinton's Administration proposed to Karadzic to hide in India or Russia!

Former Serb Sarajevo leader and one of former Radovan Karadzic's closest associates, Milovan Cicko Bjelica, gave an exclusive interview to Slobodna Bosna. Bjelica was detained by SFOR in mid-May and held for one month. In his interview he talks about his links to the fleeing Bosnian Serb leader, questioning by SFOR and secret negotiations between Karadzic and foreign diplomats.

Q: You want to say that SFOR investigators mainly referred to newspaper articles, and not their operational data. If you were followed so long, did they present taped phone conversations or some other concrete facts to you?

A: They had some notes, but all the questions were linked to your texts. In the end, the investigators were themselves convinced that many things did not make sense and had nothing to do with reality. They did not offer me any other proof. However, there were some photos from assembly sessions, weddings, celebration of religious holidays that they found during a search of some facilities or in my house but these were ordinary photos showing even IC representatives. There was not a single document, video or tone recording. If they had had this type of proof, I would probably not be here today but before the BiH Court.

Q: Do you maintain contact with Radovan Karadzic's family?

A: After my removal, I have had no contact with that family. I met with Ljilja Karadzic twice, once at the funeral of the Serb Sarajevo Mayor, Predrag Lasica, and the other time when I handed over an invitation to her. Nobody from this family called me or showed interest in how I am living after everything that has happened to me.

Q: What were the consequences that resulted from you being put on the black list of the US and EU?

A: I had a company that was registered only on paper but was not actually working. I did not have a current account in the RS or anywhere else, so that the ban of my accounts did not mean anything, and I did not plan to travel to the US or anywhere abroad. However, I jeopardized my family and was out of a job. I applied at the Employment Center and was receiving 40% of a personal income, while I had health insurance through my wife. I cannot do business with anybody without causing them trouble because I am on the black list.

Q: Before arresting you, SFOR arrested Dusan Tesic Bato and Zeljko Jankovic Luna who were in 1998 suspected of assassinating Srdjan Knezevic, Deputy Head of the Serb Sarajevo Public Security Center. Did the investigators talk to you about Knezevic's assassination, given that they were linked to this case?

A: They only asked me if I was related to Jankovic. I answered them that I was not, and that I was in his and Tesic's company only several times. They asked me if I knew something about this assassination, and asked about my relations with certain persons, but this was a 'by-the-way' sort of question.

Commenting on the deal made between Richard Holbrooke and Radovan Karadzic, Bjelica said: "The US Administration should explain why Madeleine Albright came to Banja Luka in 1997 to visit former RS President Biljana Plavsic. At that time, she made an offer to her for Radovan to leave the RS for India, South Africa, one of the former Russian states, Greece or even the FRY. "Why did she offer this if there was no such agreement?" asked Bjelica. (Photo on page 22)

OHR

Dani

Lord Ashdown's pensioners

Dani has investigated the financial background of 59 RS officials recently removed by Paddy Ashdown from political life. Dragan Kalinic, the former President of the SDS and RS National Assembly, was collecting donations for the construction of the first maternity ward in the RS. He has raised some KM 10 million, but the ward was never built, nor has he ever answered the question of where the money ended up. He owns three apartments and several pharmaceutical shops in Belgrade. Mirko Sarovic, former member of the BiH Presidency, has never accounted for the KM 106 million raised for the construction of Serb Sarajevo while he was the Mayor of Serb Sarajevo. He owns a private house in Lukavica and one more in Belgrade. Zoran Djeric, the provisionally suspended RS Minister of Internal Affairs, has full control of a border crossing in Visegrad, through which high-tariff goods are being smuggled. His cousin is the Director of the Terpentin factory in Visegrad. Milan Ninkovic was the RS Defence Minister who was the middle man in the sale of nuclear weapons from a Liberian arms dealer. The RS Government paid KM 6 million to the dealer, who in return sent Karadzic only some gelatin. Nevertheless, 600,000 KM was paid to Karadzic's bank account in Italy, and Ninkovic must have earned something. Dusko Kornjaca, Head of the Cajnice Municipality, was also the Director of the Cajnice Hospital. At Karadzic's initiative, Milan Tupajic, the Head of the SDS caucus in the RS Assembly, was appointed the Co-ordinator of the construction of an airport in Sokolac. All oil businesses linked to the construction of the airport were controlled by Dusan Borovica. Goran Popovic, the President of the SDS Banja Luka, was the Director of the RS Customs Administration in 2001, when the Customs and Fiscal Assistance Office exposed embezzlement worth millions. Pantelija Damjanovic is a co-owner of the Bosna hotel in Banja Luka. These are the financial backgrounds of some of the 59 RS officials recently barred from holding public office. (Photo on page 22)

OHR

Oslobodjenje

Ashdown orders RS Commission for Srebrenica to disclose all documents

Yesterday, Paddy Ashdown ordered the RS Commission investigating events surrounding the fall of Srebrenica to disclose all documents in its possession. He also said that he would extend the deadline for seven days after 17 July, if the commission demonstrated its willingness to properly use the extra time. On Wednesday, Milan Bogdanic, the Chairman of the RS Commission, said that the commission would not be able to finalise the list of those who went missing from Srebrenica in July 1995 by 17 July. (Photo on page 3) /The same in Dnevni avaz (p.2), Jutarnje Novine (p.4)/

OHR

Dnevni avaz

Ashdown harmonises canton laws with BiH law on education

Paddy Ashdown has issued decisions rectifying the failures of Central Bosnia Canton, West Herzegovina Canton and Canton 10 to bring their primary and secondary education legislation into line with the BiH law on education. With these decisions, sanctions imposed on budgetary support to the HDZ in these three cantons will be lifted. Funds that have been withheld in the course of the sanction period will not be returned, but will be used for educational purposes in the relevant cantons. (p.9) /The same in Jutarnje Novine (p.2), Vecernji List (p.3)/

SREBRENICA

Glas Srpske

RS Government allocates 50,000 KM to Srebrenica

At its session held yesterday, the RS Government allocated 50,000 KM from its budget reserves for the marking of the anniversary of the tragedy in Srebrenica. This decision was made at the request of the Srebrenica Mayor. (p. 2)

SREBRENICA

Oslobodjenje

Arrival of 20,000 visitors expected

"Some 338 new identified victims of the Srebrenica tragedy will be buried in Potocari near Srebrenica on 11 July on the ninth anniversary of the genocide against Bosniacs in Srebrenica," it was stated at a session of the of the Anniversary Ceremony Organization Board held in Srebrenica on Thursday. The ceremony will start at 12.05 p.m., when the state anthem will be played and the state flag raised, and then the song "Srebrenica Inferno" will be played. Approximately 20,000 family members, friends and citizens living in this country and abroad are expected to attend the funeral proceedings. Some 160 buses from 32 municipalities and about 300 passenger vehicles will arrive in Potocari. Dragoslav Markovic, Head of one section of the Bijeljina Public Security Center, said that the ceremony would be secured by 700 RS police officers, and that it would proceed as all the previous gatherings in Potocari had. According to Jutarnje Novine, a convoy carrying the remains of the Srebrenica victims will pass through Sarajevo on its way to Potocari today for citizens to bid farewell to the victims. (Photo on page 5) /The same in Dnevni avaz (p. 3), Jutarnje Novine (p. 4)/

SREBRENICA

Jutarnje Novine

Provocation possible

Abdurahman Malkic, President of the Anniversary Ceremony Organization Board, stated yesterday that problems and unplanned incidents could happen. "I am aware that some war veterans associations in Bratunac called on municipal associations to get together at demonstrations in Bratunac on Sunday. According to my information., these demonstrations in Bratunac could cause a big number of people to come together. "I hope that the RS MUP will do everything to provide a safe environment for all the participants in the Sunday event," said Malkic, adding that SFOR will be at an elevated alert level in order to be able to react if the security of the participants in this ceremony is endangered. (Photo on page 4)

TERRORISM

Dnevni avaz

Zdravko Knezevic: About Pogorelica before the end of June

Zdravko Knezevic, the Chief Federation Prosecutor, said that the Federation Prosecutor's Office would make its stance on the Pogorelica case known before the end of June. Bakir Alispahic, Irfan Ljevakovic, Enver Mujezinovic, Edham Veladzic and Ejub Ikic are suspected of terrorism. Knezevic refused to disclose any details about the Pogorelica case. (Photo on page 4)

TERRORISM

Oslobodjenje

There is no danger from mujahedin

Branko Domjanac, Brcko Mayor, stated on Thursday that, according to information that he had received from the police, there were no camps for the training of mujahedin in the area of the Brcko District, and that the situation in the village of Maoca, where a certain number of supporters and Wahabi members were living, was stable. "Their presence does not destabilize the situation in this area, and for now, there are no major incidents or problems that could cause some negative consequences," said Damjanac at a press conference. He said that the police was monitoring the situation regularly in order to prevent any possible negative events in a timely manner. (Photo on page 7)

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