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Wednesday, 17 September 2003

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SFOR

Dnevni avaz

SFOR and police do not disclose details about the search of the Hotel Bosnia

Yesterday, neither SFOR's 2nd Battalion of the PPCLI Combat Group nor the Una-Sana Cantonal Ministry of Internal Affairs announced the results of the blockade and search of the Bosnia Hotel owned by Hamdija Abdic, who is also known as Tigar, in Bihac. A meeting was held with SFOR representatives in the Cantonal Ministry of Internal Affairs at which satisfaction was expressed with the good co-operation between the local police and SFOR. However, the details of the results of the search that was completed on late Monday afternoon and aimed at disclosing illegally held weapons have not been reported. The public is only familiar with the fact that four long-barreled weapons, one SKS carbine and various ammunition were found at a ranch in the Vrtoce settlement, which was yesterday claimed not to be owned by Emin Pivic, even though SFOR told the media that it was. (Photo on page 4) /The same in Slobodna Dalmacija (p. 16)/

SFOR

Dnevni avaz

US soldiers from Connor Base patrol round the clock

SFOR units have increased their presence in the wider area of Srebrenica just before the visit of former US President Bill Clinton. SFOR is taking the necessary security measures before Clinton arrives to officially open the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center on 20 September. In order to fully secure the opening ceremony, US SFOR members from the Connor Base near Bratunac are patrolling and carrying out surveillance of the wider area of Srebrenica during the day and night. The RS Ministry of Internal Affairs will provide security for the public gathered at the opening ceremony, just as it did at earlier commemoration ceremonies at this location, while SFOR will provide support and assist if necessary. (Photo on page 11) /The same in Oslobodjenje (p. 3), Jutarnje Novine (p. 3)/

SFOR

Dnevni avaz

Two armed thieves steal 300,000 KM

Two unidentified armed thieves wearing masks and dark sunglasses robbed the Union Bank Branch Office in the settlement of Slatina in Tuzla at 7:55 yesterday. The Tuzla Cantonal Ministry of Internal Affairs deployed more than 150 police officers, in an operation to find the robbers, including the Special Unit. SFOR helicopters provided assistance to the Tuzla Cantonal Ministry of Internal Affairs by flying over the area where the thieves were suspected to be hiding. The first search of the field on Kicelj hill that was completed at 13:00 hours, did not produce any results. An automatic rifle that was used by one of the thieves, a pistol and a coat were found later at the crossroad on the road leading to the Prison farm Kozlovac. The investigation into the case continues. (Photo on page 29)

SFOR

Dnevni avaz

NATO exercise at Manjaca: Helicopters transport combat vehicles

NATO members participating in the Dynamic Response 2003 transported combat vehicles by helicopter at the Manjaca range on Tuesday. The purpose of this exercise was to show that NATO forces were ready to act at any moment if the security of their members in BiH is jeopardized. British Merlin helicopters transported US Humvee combat vehicles. Besides the US Army, the members of MNB (NW) based in Ramici near Banja Luka also participated in this exercise. (Photo on page 8)

SFOR

Jutarnje Novine

Mines and explosives discovered in Prijedor

SFOR members have discovered 87 anti-tank mines and a large quantity of weapons in a hidden bunker in the village of Mirkovac in the Prijedor area. SFOR members have been discovering a large quantity of weapons in the area of Prijedor lately. (Photo on page 3)

SFOR

Jutarnje Novine

Tihic will not remove Dudakovic

A source from the Federation Ministry of Defense said that behind Tihic's request for the promotion of Major General Ramiz was his intention to remove the current Commander of the VF Joint Command General Atif Dudakovic, and that all officers that Tihic wanted to promote were close to the SDA. Tihic's Military Advisor Rasim Delic said that "there is no such thing as a Tihic general or those that he prefers". "According to Article 22 of the Law on Defense, a BiH Presidency member has the right to promote generals and officers in the first officers rank. There is a certain procedure that has been fully complied with when it comes to these Brigadiers and Generals. The proposal for the promotion of Ramiz Drekovic was made by the Joint Command, that is General Dudakovic," said Delic, adding that there was documentation about this. According to Delic, the story that Tihic requested the removal of Dudakovic is completely contradictory and the proposal for promotions had nothing to do with this because the proposal came from the VF Joint Command. "This procedure went through the Federation Ministry of Defense to the member of the BiH Presidency, who, according to the Instructions to the Parties, is required to seek the opinion of COMSFOR before making a decision about demotions or promotions. COMSFOR objected to this because a proposal for the appointment of Generals was received from the Federation Ministry of Defense in the meantime without approval from the BiH Presidency member which is contrary to regular procedure. It is exactly because of this that HQ SFOR has suspended this document," said Delic. According to Slobodna Dalmacija, a source close to the Federation Ministry of Defense reported that had SFOR met Tihic's request, the procedure for the removal of General Dudakovic would be facilitated. The same source said that a dirty war was being waged by some SDA members for a long time against General Dudakovic, behind his back. (Photo on page 5) /The same in Slobodna Dalmacija (p. 16)/

SFOR

Glas Srpske

What SFOR is looking for in Telekom Srpske the public can only guess

It seems that the more and more frequent raids by SFOR of RS companies have become the favorite "entertainment" of the Stabilization Force in BiH. After such checks the question that is most often posed is whether SFOR has a basis in the DPA for everything that it is doing. Gostimir Popovic, a foreign politics analyst from Banja Luka, said that SFOR had no mandate to carry out such checks of the companies and that, through such behavior, the Stabilization Force has turned into the opposite of what it is supposed to be. "There is not a single letter, item or comma in the DPA that entitles SFOR to do what it is doing. Such behavior of SFOR members, especially in the telecommunications system, represented a violation of privacy, and this is subject to criminal prosecution. The RS authorities and companies that were raided by SFOR in this way should consider possibilities to seek international legal protection," said Gostimir Popovic. Momcilo Novakovic, Head of the SDS Caucus in the BiH House of Representatives, said that SFOR did not have the authority to control the operations of companies or seize their business documentation. He said that SFOR did not have enough experts who could inspect companies such as Telekom and Elektroprivreda RS. "I can draw a conclusion from all this that this was not about checking operations, but about collecting intelligence data for 'producing' various scandals. The consequence of all this could be the changing of the current laws to the detriment of the RS," said Novakovic. Nevenka Trifkovic, PDP General Secretary and a deputy in the RS Parliament, considers that SFOR had not authority to raid certain companies and institutions, but to implement the military aspect of the peacekeeping agreement. "As far as I know, SFOR in BiH has certain authority relating to military issues, which is why it is difficult to link the raids of these companies with this because these raids have nothing to do with the army," said Trifkovic. "The PDP is of the opinion that the power and influence of the IC in BIH have to be reduced. This is the only way for the local authorities to assume responsibility for the situation in the country," said Trifkovic. (Photo on page 5)

SFOR

Dnevni List

Coverdale: Handover of duties in Eagle Base on 30 September

MNB (N) spokesperson Major Jeff Coverdale announced at a press conference in Tuzla yesterday that Eagle Base would hold a handover ceremony on 30 September. Coverdale said that US soldiers from Kansas would be replaced by Minnesota soldiers and would be commanded by Brigadier General Richard Nash. (p. 2)

SFOR

Dnevni avaz

A minor activates a hand grenade in the sewage system

German SFOR Battalion informed the Foca Police Department at about 17:00 hours on Monday that an underage young man was noticed in the town carrying a hand grenade, and that an explosion was heard after this. A police patrol came to the scene of the accident and established that a hand grenade was activated in the sewage system near the town's stadium. One hour later, SFOR members informed the police that they found the young man who caused the explosion. A minor M.S. from Foca was drunk when he was arrested and detained in the Police Department until he became sober. Legal action has been taken against this young man. (Photo on page 30)

AF IN BIH

Oslobodjenje

Vitezit "forgets" to return KM 500,000

The Federation auditors have started an investigation into a loan of KM 500,000 that the former Defence Minister Mijo Anic lent to Vitezit last year. Auditors who investigated last year's business dealings in the Federation Ministry of Defence and found a number of irregularities, ensuing mostly from the parallelisms in the Army and Ministry of Defence, reached a conclusion that the loan in question should not have been given, since one of Anic's assistants at the time was the President of the Vitezit Steering Board. Auditors, who, gave a negative assessment of the business dealings of the Federation Ministry of Defence last year, have now noted a number of contracts concluded with different companies as considered to be suspicious. Last year only, the Federation Army and Defence Ministry exceeded the budget by KM 13.8 million, but that was only one in a row of irregularities discovered by auditors. The Auditor Office concluded that the Minister and his deputy Ferid Buljubasic worked "each on their own" during 2000, spending money often without the other one knowing. Not only did they pay different salaries to soldiers and officers, but they, not so seldom violating the regulations, purchased the same goods at different prices. Also, auditors were not able to find any justification for severance payments to people that were not employed in the Federation Ministry of Defence and Federation Army. They also noticed that salaries had been reported after having already been paid, against all regulations, and that not every soldier had the same right to health insurance. (Photo on p. 8)

BIH - ARMS TRADE

Nezavisne Novine

Trial for Orao scandal continues

The trial of 17 people indicted for the illegal sale of weapons to Iraq, also known as the Orao scandal, continued before the Bijeljina Basic Court yesterday. The court denied the defence team's motion for the exemption of judges Dragomir Zivanovic and Nebojsa Jovanovic. Milan Prica, former Director of the Orao Institute, rejected the indictment. "I did not know of the UN Security Council Resolution, nor was it sent to the Institute while I was the director of the Institute," said Prica. "The Resolution was sent to the Institute in November 2002, and I was then already in prison. The Institute does not have a single contract with Iraq," he empahsised. (Photo on page 3)

BIH - ARMS TRADE

Blic

Trial for Orao scandal: Prica rejects indictment

Nebojsa Jovanovic, the Presiding Judge of the Trial Chamber, banned reporters from taking notes at the trial. Those who refused to submit their notes were removed from the court room. The rest is the same as in Nezavisne Novine. (Photo on the front page and page 8)

BIH - JUDICIARY

Dnevni avaz

Mensur Brdar, Ljiljan Editor in Chief: FOSS report will be made public! (Front-page story)

Commenting on Munir Alibabic's request sent to Federation Chief Prosecutor, Zdravko Knezevic, to take appropriate measures against those who made the FOSS report public, Mensur Brdar, Editor in chief of Ljiljan, said that reporters were obliged to inform the public about such findings. He said that if the report did not contain evidence of crime then there was no reason why it should not be made public. "But many will be ashamed of the report," he said, adding that Ljiljan would continue reporting on the case and publish all information available. He also said that the absence of a conspiracy to overthrown the governemnt did not mean that the group did not violate other laws. (Photo on the front page and page 3)

BIH - JUDICIARY

Dnevni avaz

Seada Palavric, SDA Vice President: The Federation Chief Prosecutor should have reviewed all allegations made by the FOSS report

Seada Palavric, SDA Vice President, said that the Federation Chief Prosecutor should have reviewed all allegations made by the FOSS report, and not only those about possible putsch. "I cannot believe that the FOSS was so wrong that there is not a single element that constitutes a criminal offence. But if that is the case, than the report should not be listed as classified and it should be made public," she said. Palavric said that the transcripts of Munir Alibabic's talks with his assistants indicated that some law enforcement bodies and some public institutions did not do their jobs properly. (Photo on page 3)

BIH - JUDICIARY

Dnevni avaz

Federation Prosecutor's Office: Ljiljan could be barred from publishing

A source from the Federation Prosecutor's Office who asked not to be named said that Ljiljan could be barred if it continued publishing parts of the FOSS report. The law prohibits publishing information that could jeoparidse state security. (p.3)

FBIH - PARLIAMENT

Nezavisne Novine

SDA: Government will work without HDZ Ministers

"The FBiH Government will work without HDZ Ministers if it has to," said Seada Palavric, SDA Vice President. "I believe that we will overcome these problems, but the Government is not the House of Peoples where national interests are supposed to be protected," said Palavric. (Photo on page 2)

FBIH - PARLIAMENT

Jutarnje Novine

Federation Premier expects HDZ ministers to return to sessions of the Federation Government

Federation Premier Ahmet Hadzipasic expects that those Federation HDZ Ministers who walked out of the session of the FBiH Government will come back to work tomorrow. Hadzipasic expressed regret that this had happened. "We have to turn towards resolving things that are a burden from the past in a correct way, without parallelism and dualism. We have to seek the best solutions for the citizens of the FBiH and BiH. I even think that the FBiH Government will become stronger after HDZ Ministers walked out of the session of the Government last week because inter-party talks are supposed to take place at this time, and the government should get rid of the influence of politics, and become stronger it in terms of experts, and not be turned into the House of Peoples," said Hadzipasic. (Photo on page 4)

ICTY

Oslobodjenje

Milomir Stakic receives salary in Prijedor

The ICTY Trial Chamber sentenced Milomir Stakic, the President of the Prijedor Municipality Crisis HQ, President of the SDS and the first wartime Head of the Prijedor Municipal Assembly, to life imprisonment on 31 July. "However, Stakic is still on the payroll of the Prijedor Health Unit," Dr Spomenka Pavkovic, Director of the Prijedor Health Unit, told Oslobodjenje, explaining that Stakic had been put back on the payroll after an opinion of the RS Ministry of Health and Social Protection arrived at the Health Unit on 17 April last year, and at the request of Stakic's wife. The Ministry made this decision on the basis of Article 119 of the Law on Labour (RS Official Gazette 38/00). Therefore, in accordance with this decision and the Law on Labour, Stakic is entitled to receive 50 percent of the average doctor's salary until his sentence comes in effect. Fadila Memisevic, President of the Association of Endangered Peoples, was shocked when she heard that Stakic has still been receiving his salary from the Prijedor Health Unit. "The RS continues to ignore everything coming from the ICTY, which was established to uphold justice," said Memisevic. (Photo on p.7)/The same in Jutarnje Novine (p.3)/

ICTY

Nezavisne Novine

ICTY barrs the publishing of FOSS report

Recently, the ICTY Prosecutor's Office requested that Federation Prosecutor Zdravko Knezevic bar the report compiled by the Federation Intelligence and Security Service (FOSS) on Munir Alibabic being wire-tapped from being disclosed, because it contains information on war crimes suspects' whereabouts. "I received a letter from the ICTY Prosecutor's Office asking that this report be protected, since certain persons mentioned in it worked on the search for war crimes suspects," said Zdravko Knezevic, Principal Federation Prosecutor, yesterday. He added that this report, which after being published in the media made Alibabic the main suspect in preparations for a coup, is highly classified and thus it is the duty of all those who have read the information in the report to prevent it from being leaked to the public. (p.4)

INTELLIGENCE SERVICES

Oslobodjenje

Pudaric resigns from commission controlling the work of FOSS

Svetozar Pudaric, General Secretary of the DSP, has resigned from the FBiH House of People's Commission controlling the work of the Federation Intelligence Security Service (FOSS). In his letter to Sead Delic, the President of the commission, Pudaric said that Delic had failed to convene an extraordinary session of the commission to discuss the work of the FOSS in light of the recent events surrounding alleged preparations for a putsch. He accused Delic of politically discrediting the SDP, adding that SDP deputies in the FBiH House of Peoples would seek Delic's resignation. (Photo on page 3)

INTELLIGENCE SERVICES

Oslobodjenje

OHR finalises law on State Security-Intelligence Agency

Yesterday, Kalman Kocsis, the Chairman of the Expert Commission on Intelligence Reform who was appointed by HR Paddy Ashdown in May 2003, handed the draft law on the State Intelligence-Security Service over to Adnan Terzic, the Chair of the BiH Council of Ministers. Kocsis also announced the disappearance of the two entity intelligence services, the FOSS and OBS, by 1 January 2004, when the state intelligence agency will take over. He also said that the law was one of the best in the world, emaphsising that it would introduce democratic control of the intelligence service. The service would be under the control of the Chair of the Council of Ministers and a BiH House of Representatives' commission and a special security-advisory service within the agency. The law also prohibits members of the agency from being members of political parties. The Main Office will be in Sarajevo and FOSS and OBS employees will continue their work in the state agency. The agency is barred from spying on the international organisations, especially those formed based on the DPA. The agency will no longer collect information about war crimes. If the agency finds out the whereabouts of war crimes suspects, it should inform the Hague Tribunal. The agency is to protect BiH from terrorism, drug and weapons trafficking, spying, organised crime, human trafficking, illegal construction of weapons for mass destruction and so on. The BiH Court will issue the authorisation for surveillance. (Photo on page 4) /The same in Dnevni avaz (p.2), Dnevni List (p.5), Jutarnje Novine (p.6), Nezavisne Novine (p.4), Glas Srpski (p. 2), Blic (p.7)/

OSCE

Jutarnje Novine

Transportation of students to mono-ethnic schools to be stopped

"The OSCE Mission to BiH calls on the local authorities, parents and school masters to stop the practice of transporting students outside the area to which they have returned, and often outside the entity in which they live. This represents an unnecessary problem for children, since many of them have to wait for hours only to be transported on dangerous roads to the school and back. Also, transportation is a big burden on the municipal and cantonal budgets. Stopping this practice of unnecessarily transporting children is an important step in the implementation of the transient agreement for meeting special requirements of child returnees, that was agreed and signed by the Ministers of Education in both entities. With the signing of this agreement, they promised to stop the practice of transporting students to mono-ethnic schools," reads an OSCE press statement. (p.2)

OSCE

Jutarnje Novine

Plavsic transferred to hospital

Biljana Plavsic, the former RS President and a sentenced war criminal who has been imprisoned in a Swedish prison, was transported to a hospital yesterday morning. "We brought her here for a medical check-up and she is now in the hands of the doctors," said Bennie Anderson, a prison official, not willing to comment on Plavsic's health condition. "We were compelled to take her to hospital, because there is no medical staff in the prison at night and over weekends," he added. (p.2)

RS - PARTIES

Oslobodjenje

Damir Hadzic meets with Representatives of RS Association of War Prisoners

Yesterday, Damir Hadzic, the Head of the Novi Grad Municipality in Sarajevo, met with representatives of the RS Association of War Prisoners to discuss their request for putting up a plaque in the Ramiz Salcin Barracks in remembrance of 47 Serbs who were killed there during the war. Hadzic explained that the municipality had not issued a building permit for the plaque. He said that the association had not complied with the legal procedure. The Commission for Marking Distinguished Individuals and Events has found the request of the association unfounded. He also said that the police would stop the association if they tried to put up a plaque. The association said that they would not cause problems. (p.5) /The same in Glas Srpske (p.2)/

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