The Chairman of Bosnia’s tripartite Presidency, Zeljko Komsic, confirmed for Radio Free Europe (RFE) on Wednesday that criminal charges will be filed against those responsible, after the text of the RS Law on Medicines and Medical Devices was published in the Official Gazette of Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity.
“Of course, as we announced, criminal charges will be filed against the responsible persons. The RS authorities clearly don’t care about any warnings from the international community. Now, more than ever before, the Prosecutor's Office of BiH is on the move. If this continues, the same will happen with the Armed Forces of BiH, with the judiciary, and when it happens, then the force will have to be the response. If there is no response to what the RS authorities are doing, it will mean that everyone has agreed to what is known as a peaceful dissolution,” Komsic told RFE.
The decree promulgating the Law on Medicines and Medical Devices of the Republika Srpska was published on Tuesday, December 28, in the RS Official Gazette.
The adoption of the Law is the first competency transferred from BiH to the RS after Milorad Dodik, a Serb member of the BiH Presidency and leader of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD), announced the transfer of a number of competencies from the state to the RS entity.
On December 10, the RS Assembly also adopted five conclusions on the transfer of competencies from the state level, regarding the Armed Forces of BiH, the State Investigation and Protection Agency, the Intelligence and Security Agency and the Indirect Taxation Authority of BiH. They claim that it is a matter of “restoring” jurisdictions.
The Prosecutor's Office of BiH is conducting a case against several individuals for violating the constitutional order of BiH, within which the leaders of political parties and some members of the RS Government were also questioned.
The RS President and Prime Minister, as well as other politicians from that entity, are suspected of attacking the constitutional order of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said the leader of the RS Socialist Party Goran Selak after the hearing in the Prosecutor's Office of BiH on December 20.