Bosnia and Herzegovina: former Interior Minister detained
14 Nov 2016

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s former wartime interior minister was among more than a dozen people detained over the weekend on allegations of being part of a group involved in crimes including real estate fraud and money laundering.

Alija Delimustafic, who served during the country’s 1992-1995 war, was detained on Friday and remanded for 30 days along with four other people. Another eight people who were detained and released over the weekend were placed under judicial supervision and a ninth surrendered himself on Monday.

Prosecutors also announced that two more people were wanted over the case, including a former judge at Sarajevo’s Municipal Court, Lejla Fazlagic.
Authorities allege that Delimustafic was the leader of a criminal group that included lawyers and municipal clerks.

The group is alleged to have committed property fraud through illegal zoning in central Sarajevo, as well having court rulings issued that allowed them to take control of and resell abandoned properties via the use of proxy companies.

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