Two inspectors of the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) have been arrested on Thursday for abuse of office and on corruption charges, suspected of having obtained, within the scope of their duties and competencies, information from the conduct of special investigations and, by unauthorized and abusing their official position, provided information to persons covered by the investigation into forgery and illegal issuing of diplomas.
They were arrested in an operation codenamed “Pero” (Pen), and are active employees of SIPA.
On November 13th officials of the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) have launched an operational action this morning, codenamed “Pero”, and arrested 22 people so far.
The action is being conducted to issue false diplomas.
Raids of residential and commercial buildings, other premises and movable properties are ongoing at a total of 12 locations in the area of Bihac, Cazin, Sarajevo, Zenica, Visoko, Tuzla and East Sarajevo on suspicion that the suspects in this case have committed the offenses referred to in Article 340 of the Criminal Code of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina organized crime, in relation to the offenses referred to in Article 383 abuse of office and authority, Article 380 receiving gifts and other forms of benefits and Article 272 money laundering.
“These activities are being carried out by orders of the Cantonal Prosecutor’s Office of the Una-Sana Canton and the Cantonal Court of Bihac.