SIPA arrests Persons responsible for Damaging Budget of Bosnia and Herzegovina by 36 Million BAM

Police officers of the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) have on Tuesday, on the orders of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH, started an operational action code-named “Delta”.

Searches of residential and business buildings and movables are underway at a total of 29 locations in the area of Brcko, Obudovac, Bijeljina, Tuzla, Srebrenik, Zivinice, Sarajevo, Zenica, Travnik, Novi Travnik, Vitez, Posusje, Grude, Ljubuski and Mostar.

“These activities are carried out on the basis of suspicion of committing a criminal offense under the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, organized crime in connection with the criminal offenses of illicit trade in excise products and money laundering,” SIPA said.

The suspects are charged with setting up an organized crime group in cooperation with other persons, with the aim of gaining illegal property, for the purpose of illegal marketing of smoking tobacco and cigarettes, without paying excise duty on smoking tobacco and cigarettes, and without marking the mentioned products with excise stamps of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which damaged the Budget of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the amount of about 36,000,000 BAM on the basis of unpaid excise duty on smoking tobacco and cigarettes.

These activities are carried out in cooperation with officials of the Indirect Taxation Authority and several police agencies in BiH.

More information on the results of the operational action “Delta” will be known after the implementation of the orders of the Court of BiH and the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH.

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