Indictment issued against One Person for Transporting over 4,000 Packs of Cigarettes without Excise Stamps

A Prosecutor from the Department III of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina has issued an Indictment against Sretan Vidovic, born in 1979 in Jajce, with prior convictions, a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This accused person is charged with refusing to stop at the stop sign produced by the traffic police in Gradiška during their regular control in August last year, while he was driving a motor vehicle in which he was transporting 4,550 packs of various types and brands of cigarettes that were not marked with the prescribed tax and excise stamps required by the tax legislation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Instead, he continued driving, taking the local road, and he was prevented from fleeing by the police officers who found the said cigarettes in the vehicle.

Also, the accused is charged with unauthorized storage of 607 packs of various types and brands of cigarettes and a small amount of tobacco on the private and business premises of a privately-owned store STR “Lucky” in Gradiška, whose owner and director he is, for which he did not have prescribed documentation on the origin of goods and the paid tax.

These cigarettes have a market value of more than 20,000 BAM.

The accused had previously illegally procured the cigarettes and tobacco from persons known to him, with the intention of selling these excise goods further, to customers in Bosnia and Herzegovina known to him.

The aforementioned accused person is charged with having committed the criminal offense of Illicit Trade in Excise Products, referred to in Article 210a, paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the criminal offense of Unauthorized Storage of Goods, referred to in Article 210b, paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, all in connection with Article 26 of the same Code.

The Indictment has been forwarded to the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina for confirmation.

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