Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dodik says he did not discuss secession with Vucic

BELGRADE - Republika Srpska (RS) President Milorad Dodik denied on Friday the claims that he had intended to use Russian support during the annexation of Crimea to secede RS from Bosnia-Herzegovina, and that Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic had stopped him.

Ex ministry official freed on bail after testifying over NGO funds

Alex Rondos, a former adviser to one-term socialist prime minister George Papandreou, was released on a 50,000-euro bail payment on Friday after testifying before an investigating magistrate in connection with allegations of misuse of millions of euros in public funds by a non-government organization called the International Mine Initiative (IMI).

Bosnia Serb Leader Rubbishes Secession Plan

Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska, has denied claims that he planned to declare the independence from Bosnia of the mainly Serbian entity with Russian support - just after Russia annexed the Crimea from Ukraine.

Bosnia Ministers' Party Claims Arrests Were 'Political'

Members of the People's Party Work for Progress in Bosnia have criticised the detention earlier this week of their party's two leaders, saying they suspect political influences were at work.

Bosnia Parties Broke Promises, Survey Shows

A survey by the Istinomjer project, tasked with checking the truthfulness of the promises made by Bosnia's key political parties, said they fulfilled only 48 of 1,941 promises that they made in their election or post-election programmes.

Military reps of 20 countries attend "Shield 04" exercise

BUJANOVAC - Military representatives from 20 countries visited "South" (Jug) military base near Bujanovac in southern Serbia on Thursday, where about 270 members of the Serbian Armed Forces (VS) are taking part in an exercise titled "Shield 04" as part of preparations for participation in UN and EU peacekeeping missions.

Serbia and Bosnia to exchange liaison officers

BELGRADE - Serbian Prosecutor for War Crimes Vladimir Vukcevic and Bosnia-Herzegovina's Chief Prosecutor Goran Salihovic agreed in Sarajevo on Thursday to exchange liaison officers who would be appointed to the other prosecutor's office as representatives of their institutions.

Russia sends aid to flood-affected areas of Bosnia

Russia sends aid to flood-affected areas of Bosnia

SARAJEVO -- A Russian airplane carrying 38 tons of humanitarian aid for the areas affected by the May floods landed on Thursday in Sarajevo.

Interpol to Use Bosnia Victim Identification Expertise

Interpol signed an agreement with the International Commission on Missing Persons to create an international victim identification resource that uses techniques pioneered in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mladic files request against re-opening of prosecution case

THE HAGUE - Ratko Mladic, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), has requested that the prosecution's motion to re-open its case to present evidence about the Tomasica mass grave be denied as it would cause prejudice to his defence at this stage of the trial, the ICTY said in a statement on Thursday.

Two Ministers Arrested in Bosnia For Tax Fraud

Jerko Ivankovic-Lijanovic and Milorad Bahilj, Agriculture and Trade ministers in the Federation entity government, were among 11 persons arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of tax evasion and fraud.

Aside from Jerko Ivankovic-Lijanovic, his brother, Mladen, a lawmaker in Bosnia's state-level House of Representatives, and other members of the family were also arrested. 

Bosnia to Close Mine Where Five Died in Quake

Bosnia's Federation entity, and the power company Elektroprivreda BiH, which jointly own mines in the entity, have decided to close the Raspotocje mine where five people died last Thursday when a quake trapped them underground.

RS leader "convinced" entity will gain independence

RS leader "convinced" entity will gain independence

BANJA LUKA -- Serb Republic (RS) President Milorad Dodik has said that Bosnia-Herzegovina is "a framework" that is endangering the Serb entity.

Bosnia Vows New Sanctions Against Fighters Abroad

After last week's arrests of 16 persons suspected of organizing and financing the departure of would-be fighters in Syria and Iraq, the authorities on Tuesday said a new range of criminal sanctions would soon come into force.