Investigation and Protection Agency Officer suspended over Corruption Scandal

Director of the Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) Perica Stanic today suspended the inspector Marko Pandza against whom disciplinary proceedings were initiated, was confirmed to Patria by Luka Miladinovic, SIPA spokesperson.

“The Disciplinary Commission has initiated disciplinary proceedings because of the existence of suspicion that he has committed more serious violations of official duty, behavior that violates the reputation of the police body and the abuse of official status,” Miladinovic said.

The eight-minute video, filmed in November 2018, was published by the Bosnian investigative news portal Zurnal, and shows a an officer named Marko Pandza from the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) meeting in a cafe with businessman Nermin Alesevic and Milan Tegeltija, the head of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC).

In the video Pandza appears to act as an intermediary between Tegeltija and Alesevic, as they discuss Alesevic’s case, which has been slowly handled by the Canton Sarajevo’s Prosecutor’s Office.

Tegeltija, as the head of the HJPC, the body that appoints judges as well as prosecutors and disciplines them, asks Alesevic for the case number and the name of the prosecutor handling it but does not directly ask for any money or favors from the businessman.

Yet when the three exit the cafe the video shows an exchange between Pandza and Alesevic, in which Alesevic counts out the equivalent of US $1143.6 in Bosnian money and hands it to Pandza, who assures him he will give the money to Tegeltija.

“He will take care of it,” Pandza assures Alesevic.

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