Swiss Probe Bosnian Company Over Money Laundering Suspicions
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland, OAG, has confirmed to BIRN that it is conducting criminal proceedings against a Bosnian citizen, Ibrahim Zudjelovic, amongst others, on suspicion of money laundering.
"As part of these criminal proceedings, Switzerland has requested the authorities in Bosnia for mutual legal assistance. The OAG can confirm that searches by the Bosnian authorities were carried out in response to this request," the OAG said in a statement to BIRN.
Zudjelovic is one of the founders of Sarajevo-based Sadvi consulting company, which deals in engineering and technical consultancy, according to Bosnia's database of companies.
Another Bosnian, Boro Ananovski, listed as a contact person for BONICO AG, a Zurich-based company for management, consulting and training, was also named by the OAG.
Zudjelovic and Ananovski are allegedly involved in money laundering with, so Bosnian news website Zurnal reported, Energoinvest, which is a publicly owned Bosnian engineering and energy company with an export orientation.
Zurnal's sources assert that suspicious jobs in Lybia and Saudi Arabia form part of the investigations and that Zudjelovic and Ananovski are suspected of bribing foreign officials in joint businesses.
Zudjelovic, Anadanovski and Energoinvest did not reply to BIRN's inquiries by the time of publication, seeking more information first.
Bosnia's State Investigation and Protection Agency, SIPA, confirmed to BIRN that it had carried out searches in Sarajevo, in the municipality of Ilidza, where Sadvi's consulting firm is located, and in the municipality of New Town. SIPA did not reveal any more information.
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