23 July 2004
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina - This morning, SFOR detained Rajko
Banduka, on the suspicion that he has been engaged in activities contrary
to the Dayton Agreement.
Rajko Banduka has been transferred to a secure detention facility for
further investigation. The local authorities are being notified of this
operation and are being asked to provide assistance in the investigation
surrounding the suspect's activities.
The detention is being followed by a search of his residence for evidence
of illegal activities affecting a safe and secure environment. The intent
is to conduct this search with minimal impact on the citizens of Bijeljina.
SFOR requests the citizens of Bijeljina to remain clear of the area of
the search so that it can complete the operation in the safest and most
efficient means possible; SFOR appreciates the patience, cooperation,
and understanding of the law-abiding citizens of Bijeljina as we all strive
to ensure the safety and future interests of this community and the country.
This detention and the subsequent search are being conducted in accordance
with the SFOR mandate to ensure the safe and secure environment in this
country. The detention and investigation are essential to the future of
Bosnia and Herzegovina; individuals who act against the rule of law threaten
the safety and security of everyone.