Bosnia's top judicial official testifies in alleged corruption scandal

Bosnia's top judicial official testifies in alleged corruption scandal

Bosnia's top judicial official testifies in alleged corruption scandal Izvor: N1

The head of Bosnia's top judicial institution, Milan Tegeltija, testified, on Thursday, before the acting prosecutor, in the case of alleged corruption scandal shaking the top of Bosnia's justice system, the Prosecution's statement said.

Last week, Bosnian investigative news portal Zurnal published a text, saying they have a video allegedly showing Nermin Alesevic, a businessman from Bosnia's northern town of Velika Kladusa, giving some €1,000 to an officer called Marko Pandza, from the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) – Bosnia's special police.

Zurnal wrote that Pandza was allegedly supposed to give the money to Milan Tegeltija, the head of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) which appoints judges and prosecutors and disciplines them, who would then look intoAlesevic's case.

Tegeltija denied the allegations as false and malicious, announcing a lawsuit against the portal for slander. He then requested protection from the Bosnia's Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies after Bosnia's Security Minister Dragan Mektic called for protests in front of the HJPC building in Sarajevo.

The Directorate denied his request, arguing they could not find evidence of threats to his safety.

On Wednesday, SIPA suspended the Marko Pandza, pending the investigation. He being investigated for gravely breaching his official duty, abusing his position and damaging the reputation of the Agency.

Tegeltija was summoned to testify as a witness in the case, the Prosecution wrote in their statement.

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