Indictments issued for Illegal Trade in Excise Products and Smuggling of Migrants

October 17, 2020 1:30 PM

 

Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina has issued an Indictment against Ivan Vranjković, born in 1980 in Široki Brijeg, a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Croatia.

This accused person is charged with illegally acquiring a larger amount of excise goods, namely tobacco that was not marked with control and tax stamps in the manner prescribed by tax legislation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The intention of the accused was to put the tobacco in circulation on the illegal market.

According to the allegations in the Indictment, the aforementioned accused person was transporting around 980 kilograms of cut tobacco in a cargo motor vehicle. The tobacco was wrapped in plastic bags of twenty kilograms each and the accused did not have the necessary documentation for it. The accused intended to put the tobacco in circulation in Mostar, but he was caught while driving the said vehicle in the area of Balinovac settlement, during the control of authorized officials, and he was thus prevented from doing so.

The accused is charged with the criminal offence of Illicit Trade in Excise Products, referred to in Article 210a of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in conjunction with article 26 of the same Code.

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

The accused Haris Helač (1978) is charged, as the owner of a taxi association, with organizing vehicles and drivers for smuggling illegal migrants who did not meet the conditions for a legal stay and movement in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The accused is charged, as the owner of a taxi association, with engaging his employees, upon a previous agreement with a person known to him and for the purpose of acquiring unlawful material gain, in the illegal smuggling of a large number of persons – illegal migrants, who did not meet the legal requirements for entry, stay and movement in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Indictment alleges that the accused, together with two drivers, took over twelve (12) illegal migrants, Iraqi citizens and one Somali citizen, in the center of Sarajevo, and drove them in the direction of Tomislavgrad and the international border with the Republic of Croatia and the EU, and they left the migrants at the agreed location, near the border zone to enable them to cross to the territory of the Republic of Croatia on foot.

Through the activities of the Kamensko-Tomislavgrad unit of the Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the aforementioned accused was detected and deprived of liberty in his vehicle, and illegal migrants were also found and placed under surveillance, while their smuggling was prevented.

The accused is charged with attempting to enable the illegal crossing of the state border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Croatia and committing the criminal offence of Smuggling of Persons under Article 189, Paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

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