All 13 members of the council which oversees the work of Bosnia’s judiciary who participated in a meeting on Thursday expressed support for the head of the institution amid calls for his resignation over alleged corruption.
Local web magazine Zurnal accused the head of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC), Milan Tegeltija, of speeding up cases before the courts in return for payment.
According to Zurnal, a State Police officer, Marko Pandza, took the money on Tegeltija's behalf. The portal wrote that Pandza took some €1,000 from a man who was being tried so that Tegeltija could speed-up the investigation.
Immediately upon the publication of the text, the Head of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC), which appoints judges and prosecutors and disciplines them, Milan Tegeltija published a public statement saying Zurnal's text is a "complete fabrication and a malicious lie" that he was caught in any form of corruptive activity, arguing that he never took part in any such activity in his life.
Security Minister, Dragan Mektic, called on Tegeltija to resign over the matter.
But 13 of the 15 members of the HJPC who attended the meeting unanimously expressed support for Tegeltija and called on the Prosecutor’s Office, which has formed a case regarding the allegations, to investigate the matter and make a decision on it as soon as possible.