Serbia should extradite Darko Elez to BiH today, confirmed the Chief Prosecutor of BiH Gordana Tadic at the session of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of BiH.
Following a decision of the High Court in Belgrade, the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH will take all necessary activities to take over and prosecute this suspect for criminal
This decision is, among other things, the result of the efforts and cooperation of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH and the Republika Srpska Ministry of Interior, in coordination with partner judicial institutions and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia.
In the coming days, coordination and communication activities will be carried out with partner police and security agencies, in order to transport the said suspect and accused in the cases of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH as soon as possible.
On February 23rd, the Court of Appeals in Belgrade approved the extradition of Darko Elez to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the final decision should be made by the Minister of Justice of Serbia, it was said in this court.
A spokeswoman for this court, Mirjana Piljic, said that Elez was being extradited to BiH for a certain category of criminal offenses for which the conditions for him to be tried before a court in BiH were met. She mentioned that this court only determined that the conditions were met, and it is still under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice.
The court rejected the appeal of Elez’s lawyer and confirmed the decision of the High Court in Belgrade from January, which determined that the conditions for Elez’s extradition were met due to a series of serious criminal acts of organized crime committed in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Elez was arrested at the end of December last year, according to the order of the Special Department of the High Court in Belgrade.
Darko Elez had two passports and two citizenships – Serbia and BiH. In 2012, Elez was sentenced to nine years in prison in Belgrade, as the organizer of a criminal group that traded in drugs, extorted
In 2013, another indictment was filed against him in Sarajevo for several organized crime crimes. He was also arrested in the police operation “Puppet” in 2013.