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One Month Detention for Suspects in an Operation Code-Named Launderer

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) ordered a 30-day detention of Denis Zahović and Irfan Bidžević which could last until mid-August of this year.

In a press release, the court wrote that the suspects Adnan Čaušević, Benjamin Omerbašić, Semir Žiga, Salem Mujkić and Amir Alagić were not going to detained—as proposed by the BiH Prosecutor’s Office—but released.

Denis, Irfan, Adnan, Benjamin, Semir are Amir charged with organized crime, money laundering and tax evasion, while Salem was charged with abuse of office and authority.

After hearing evidence the court found beyond reasonable doubt that Zahović and Bidžević had committed crimes they had been accused of. Defendants are kept in custody because the authorities are worried that they might attempt to flee the country. The prosecutors submitted a detention motion yesterday. The suspects were arrested in the beginning of the week in an operation code-named Perač (the Launderer) which took place in Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Bihać.

The Federation of BiH Police Authority (FUP) wrote in its press release that at least one of Dunmorr Group AG’s firms and 84 persons. They are suspected of an organized fraud of citizens, money laundering and tax evasion. European Union citizens lost around five million KM, while BiH budget was damaged for more than half million KM. Edin Vranj, head of FUP’s Crime Division, told yesterday at the press conference that here was an organized network of 160 people who were offering shares of different firms on German stock-exchange. They artificially generated interest in their shoddy shares which then led to their fast rise in value on the stock exchange. After the sales frenzy, interest in the shares slumped again and the shares quickly lost value. The naive buyers were unable to sell their worthless shares to anyone else.

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) published a news related to this boiler room scam on Tuesday. BiH national were involved in it, notably, Goran Samardžija who is the majority owner of Dunmorr’s branch office in BiH. He resides in Belgrade.

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