Work meeting of the Task Force for the fight against terrorism was held yesterday at the premises of the Prosecutor’s Office of B&H. The main topic were the current activities in fight against terrorism, monitoring and prevention of activities related to terrorism, as well as the need for strengthening capacities of the Prosecutor’s Office of B&H and the appointment of prosecutors in the Department of Terrorism, in which only one prosecutor currently works in full capacity.
Minister of Security of B&H Dragan Mektić said that a mechanism is soon to be created, under which all security and intelligence agencies in B&H will become one body that will fight the terrorism.
“Determination and trust is the key. I believe we have definitely created a possibility to fight against terrorism and any kind of endangering B&H with terrorism as one body. We will establish an operational group and we need strong prosecution and strong operational group, since nearly 60 cases related to terrorism are currently being treated in the Prosecutor’s Office of B&H and security agencies,” Mektić said.
Mektić highlighted that the key is in making the operational group functional within the next 10 to 15 days, and invited the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (VSTV) to as soon as possible appoint a certain number of prosecutors in order to start dealing with 60 cases related to terrorism.
“The operational group will not be exclusively in service of the Prosecutor’s Office of B&H, but in service of all prosecutions where criminal cases of terrorism are being processed. Moreover, we will create a database on potential terrorists in order to make information available to all agencies. We will lower the fight against terrorism from the highest agencies towards the lowest local levels, thus including every police officer,” Mektić said.
Mektić said that the change of political framework has also been considered at the meeting, and that it has to be decided whether the changes will be done within the existing laws or a new law should be passed, giving greater authority to the agencies and the police.
Spokesman of the Prosecutor’s Office of B&H Boris Grubešić said that in the past period this judicial institution has brought charges against 20 persons for terrorism regarding the departures to Syria and other foreign battlefields, and that investigation is being conducted against 20 more persons for criminal offenses of terrorism and terrorist activities connected with Syria.