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Police found 24 Migrants in Doboj

The police found seven citizens of Pakistan and 17 from Bangladesh in Doboj, who were smuggled by a person from Mostar with the initials M.H in a “Fiat Ducati” truck, the Doboj Police Department announced.

The vehicle was inspected yesterday, and checks in the official records established that M.H. is a multiple returnee in committing traffic violations and that he owes 12,550 BAM for unpaid fines, so his “Fiat Ducati” was confiscated.

Employees of the Service for Foreigners’ Affairs – Doboj Field Center were informed about persons who did not have identification documents. The duty prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH stated that this crime has the characteristics of the criminal offense of human trafficking.

Zoran Galic, the director of the Border Police (BP) of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) told that members of this police agency have deterred more than 2.000 migrants from trying to cross the BiH border illegally since the beginning of this year, especially after the weather conditions improved when the greatest pressure arose.

Galic emphasized that the state of illegal migration is continuously being monitored and all agreed measures are taken in order to maximally protect the BiH border, which is exposed to pressure, apart from the eastern territory, also in the area of the West Field Office, in Izacic and Strmica units.

“Members of the BiH BP act in accordance with the law and invest all human efforts in the protection of the border. Unfortunately, the lack of capacity of the BP represents a big issue and the level of BiH must react to make joint efforts in order to reduce illegal crossings, ie entry into BiH. It would reduce the number of migrants in the area that carries the greatest burden of the migrant crisis, especially in the Una-Sana Canton (USC), ” Galic stated.

He noted that the results of the work of the BiH BP and operational actions show that this police agency is maximally engaged in the fight against all forms of crime, including smuggling of people, drugs, and cigarettes, and at the same time they conduct daily deterrence and fight against illegal migration.

It was concluded at the meeting that maximum protection of the eastern part of the border and taking all agreed measures and activities to prevent illegal border crossings in BiH would lead to a smaller number of migrants in the area of the Field Office West.

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