Journalist: My life is in danger, Bosnian Prosecution under political control

Journalist: My life is in danger, Bosnian Prosecution under political control

Journalist: My life is in danger, Bosnian Prosecution under political control Izvor: N1 BiH

There is a great likelihood that I would be killed if I returned to Banja Luka, Bosnian journalist Slobodan Vaskovic, notorious for his investigative stories into alleged crimes committed by people performing some of the highest functions in all branches of Bosnia's government, told N1's Amir Zukic on Wednesday evening.

“I haven't been to Banja Luka for the past two and a half years and since then I've lived in five different countries, Serbia being one of them where I currently reside. Unfortunately, institutions don't exist in Bosnia, there is no one to react, institutions have been completely devastated and privatized,” Vaskovic said adding:

“According to my information, I would be under grave danger if I returned to Banja Luka and the territory of Republika Srpska (Bosnia's Serb majority part). There is a high probability that I would be deprived of life. I am a free man, I want to write the truth and what is really happening. I do not want to be anyone's slave for a false security.

Vaskovic blames the Republika Srpska (RS) entity Ministry of Interior Dragan Lukac for his situation, but also for the stall in the case of David Dragicevic, a young man who was mysteriously murdered in March of 2018.

“Dragan Lukac is absolutely the most responsible person for the situation that I'm in,” Vaskovic stressed, adding that Lukac and the entity police are allegedly preventing the arrest in the Dragicevic case because of their alleged involvement in the murder.

“Lukac does not allow the arrest of David Dragicevic's murderers. Lukac and the police, as well as the RS Prosecution and the top heads of the regime in the RS, absolutely know who they are.

He claims that police is allegedly “protecting the murderers because some of its members participated in the murder and there is evidence for that. The evidence will be made public when the ruling structure changes in the RS and the country.”

Asked whether the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA – Bosnia's special police) dares to arrest RS officials, as it does officials from Bosnia's Bosniak-Croat shared Federation (FBiH) entity, Vaskovic said they would arrest anyone had they had a warrant from the Prosecution.

“They (the Prosecution) are not doing that because of the political influence from the SNSD (Dodik's Alliance of Independent Social Democrats) and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). These two parties have the absolute control over the Prosecution through Chief Prosecutor Gordana Tadic and Milan Tegeltija, the head of Bosnia's High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (the institution in charge of sanctioning and appointing judges and prosecutors in the country),” Vaskovic told N1.











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