Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.