Some politicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been involved in criminal activities multiple times, while the agencies that are supposed to deal with those problems are under negative political influence, former police chief in Bosnia's Federation (FBiH) entity and current lawmaker in the State Parliament Zlatko Miletic told N1.
In an interview for N1's Pressing, Miletic said it would take more than just one interview to name all those among the politicians who were involved in some sort of criminal activity.
“One part of the public officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are supposed to make crucial reform aspects are, unfortunately, part of those activities and it is not in their interest to have those reforms implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Miletic, who was acting as FBiH Police Administration Director in the period 2002-2010.
“We must find the mechanisms to make the rule of law function. That's the essence of all problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he added.
According to him, Bosnia's law enforcement agencies were modelled after “the best democratic principles in the USA,” but they could do nothing about those involved in crimes because the parliamentary independent boards in charge of appointments in those agencies and monitoring their work consisted of “the loyal and obedient individuals from (political) parties.”
“That's how they made themselves safe and they can behave this way, regardless of their activities,” Miletic explained.
He also commented on alleged criminal procurement procedures during the coronavirus epidemic that are being investigated by competent institutions.
If it weren't for journalists, those activities would never be unveiled, according to Miletic.
“Each prosecutor is obliged to react whenever he learns about a committed crime, no matter who did it. They were late, thinking someone else would do that or that there would be no public pressure. Journalists were the ones who unveiled it,” he stressed, referring to the controversial purchase of medical equipment in Bosnia's both semi-autonomous regions, the Federation and Republika Srpska.
He refused to comment on who might be the person who ordered the purchase.
“I wouldn't like to speak about that, prosecutors should get a chance to prove themselves. I believe they have time to issue an indictment which has to be confirmed by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I hope it will all end in the way that will please the citizens,” he added.