70 Bosnian citizens under investigation for terrorism

The State Prosecutor's Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina said on Wednesday it was investigating 70 people suspected of involvement in terrorism and was taking special steps in monitoring the movement of Bosnian citizens fighting alongside terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Chief Prosecutor Goran Salihovic met in Sarajevo on Wednesday with an anti-terrorism task force consisting of representatives of all security agencies in the country. A statement issued after the meeting said that the State Prosecutor's Office and the security agencies had opened investigations in 33 terrorism-related cases to date, covering 70 persons.

The 70 people are suspected of organising terrorist groups, public incitement to terrorist activity, recruitment for terrorism, illegal formation of and recruitment for foreign paramilitary or parapolice units, crimes of terrorism and terrorism-related activities.

Charges have been brought to date against 20 persons in connection with fighting in Syria and Iraq, and two more indictments are expected to be issued soon.

The statement said that several citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina currently in Syria or Iraq have contacted law enforcement authorities with the intention of returning to Bosnia and Herzegovina, saying that they are willing to admit their guilt and cooperate with Bosnian justice authorities.

A number of Bosnian citizens who fought in Syria or Iraq have been identified by Turkish security services. They are now in investigative custody in Turkey and will probably be extradited to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Last update: Wed, 30/03/2016 - 18:23

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