Bosnian Federal Prime Minister in Detention, together with Solak and Hodzic, suspected of Laundering of 10.5 Million BAM

May 29, 2020 4:30 PM

 

The Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina will propose 24-hour detention for Fadil Novalic, Fahrudin Solak and Fikret Hodzic, it was confirmed for Radiosarajevo.ba.

Fadil Novalic, Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and suspended director of the Federal Civil Protection Administration Fahrudin Solak and owner of Srebrena Malina company Fikret Hodzic, were officially arrested after being questioned at SIPA yesterday, where they were detained overnight.

“Prime Minister Novalic is still at SIPA premises. During the day, the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH will submit a proposal to the Defense and the Court of BiH to order 24-hour detention. The court should schedule a hearing within 24 hours,” Vasvija Vidovic, Novalic’s lawyer, told Radio Sarajevo.

She added that she could not say anything about the case for now.

He is suspected of conspiracy to commit a crime, money laundering, forgery of official documents, abuse of office and receiving bribes and other forms of benefit.

Novalic, Solak and Hodzic were questioned as part of an investigation into the purchase of 100 respirators from China, which cost 10.5 million BAM. The investigation is being led by the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH, whose statement is expected.

Purchased respirators are unusable in intensive care units and procured with citizens’ money, without a tender and through the Srebrena Malina company, owned by TV presenter Fikret Hodzic.

This morning, Spokesman of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH, Boris Grubesic, told FENA that the prosecutorial team of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH is working intensively on this case, and that more information will be known during the day.

SIPA representatives could not comment on the case this morning.

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