B&H: Indictment issued in Pandora 2 case the accused are charged with financial abuse amounting to BAM 1.7 mil

Having conducted an extensive investigation, Prosecutor of the Special Department for Organized Crime, Economic Crime and Corruption issued an Indictment against the following persons:

BiH Prosecutors Office

Kemal Čaušević, born in 1966 in Sarajevo

2.    Anes Sadiković, born in 1976 in Prijepolje

3.    Sedinet Karić, aka Sido, born in 1969 in Srebrenik

The accused are charged as follows: Čaušević is charged, as the Director of the Indirect Taxation Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with making contact with the importers of a large quantity of textile from Turkey, China and Hungary into Bosnia and Herzegovina, namely with Anes Sadiković and Sedinet Karić who are owners of several legal entities- companies dealing with import, in 2007, promising them preferential treatment during the import for their companies, by reducing the amounts subject to customs clearance, avoiding detailed inspections and accepting invoices for which he knew to contain inaccurate data, asking from Sadiković and Karić to pay BAM 1,000 for each truck imported, as a counter-service. The aforementioned persons agreed to do so, and they were giving him the money at various locations in Sarajevo and Banja Luka.

In this manner, multi-million damage has been caused to the budget and all the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, since the actual amounts of customs duties were not charged and, in the period from 2007 to 2011, the accused Sadiković and Karić gave the accused Čaušević the total amount of BAM 1.72 million for the import of more than 1,700 truckloads of textile, of which amount Anes Sadiković gave around BAM 1.2 million, whereas Sedinet Karić gave around half a million BAM.

The accused Kemal Čaušević is charged with putting the money acquired by the commission of criminal offences into legitimate circulation, without any loan indebtedness, by purchasing a larger number of expensive real estate and land in Sarajevo and its surroundings in the amount of BAM 1.2 million. The aforementioned real estate was blocked upon the request of the Prosecutor’s Office and a motion to seize the property acquired by the commission of the criminal offenses has been forwarded to the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Čaušević is additionally charged with the abuse of office and with making possible for the companies who participated in the public procedure for the procurement of the services of printing control stamps on securities for the purposes of the Indirect Taxation Authority of Bosna and Herzegovina to illegally pay around BAM 200,000 as an alleged damage incurred in the competition procedure, although no actual damage was incurred.

These accused persons are charged as follows:

–      Kemal Čaušević is charged with the criminal offenses of Abuse of Office under Article 220, Money Laundering under Article 209 and Accepting Gifts and Other Forms of Benefits under Article 217 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina

–      Anes Sadiković is charged with the criminal offense of Giving Gifts and Other Forms of Benefits, as referred to in Article 218 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina

–      Sedinet Karić is charged with the criminal offense of Giving Gifts and Other Forms of Benefits, as referred to in Article 218 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Prosecutor’s s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be proving the allegations in the Indictment by summonsing around fifty (50) witnesses and expert witnesses and submitting more than a hundred (100) pieces of evidentiary material.

Moreover, the Prosecutor’s s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina will resume its investigation in relation to several suspects, including some of the high-ranking officers of the Indirect Taxation Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina who are also subject to investigative activities within the Pandora case.

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The Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina

17 February 2017