Fmr. Organised Crime Prosecutor Erik Larson to fight corruption in Sarajevo

NEWS 15.07.2020 15:20
Source: Ured predsjednika Crne Gore

Former Organised Crime Prosecutor Erik Larson is expected to arrive in Sarajevo and take over the duty of senior advisor at Cantonal Anti-Corruption Office, on July 22, N1 confirmed Wednesday.

Larson's arrival at the Anti-Corruption Office is the US Embassy in Sarajevo's support to this cantonal institution, which is expected to reveal many corruption scandals and prosecute them, in which a new senior adviser should have a special role.

The Sarajevo Canton's Anti-Corruption Office is competent and authorized to collect, verify and process data on the property of public office holders, establish and maintain the Register of Property Data, as well as initiate misdemeanour and criminal proceedings for violations of the provisions of the law.

Erik Larson has previously served as the INL Senior Justice Advisor at U.S. Embassy Podgorica.

Prior to arriving in Montenegro in December 2013, he was stationed in Pristina, Kosovo as a member of the U.S. Contingent at EULEX working as an International Prosecutor in the SPRK (Special Prosecution Office of the Republic of Kosovo). He has been working overseas since 2003.

His prior assignments have been in Bosnia, where he served as an international prosecutor in both the Special Department for War Crimes and Special Department for Organized Crime and Corruption of the State Prosecutor’s Office, as well as with the Anti-Crime and Corruption Unit of the Office of the High Representative – in charge of overseeing the civilian implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement which ended the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia, on behalf of the international community.

Larson also served with the United Nations as the OIOS Chief Resident Investigator for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and as a UNODC Crime Prevention Expert in Austria.

Prior to deploying overseas, he served as a Captain in the Military Police and is an experienced criminal law attorney.

Erik Larson received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. He also has a Diploma in Islamic Studies from the University of Sarajevo.