Goran Salihovic has been suspended as Bosnia and Herzegovina's chief prosecutor pending completion of disciplinary proceedings launched against him on suspicion of abuse of office and powers, the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council decided on Wednesday.
The decision was made following a motion by the Office of the Disciplinary Prosecutor.
Disciplinary action was taken after media reports claimed that Salihovic had leaked sensitive information to Republika Srpska president Milorad Dodik through intermediaries. The information concerned ongoing investigations into suspected financial wrongdoing by the Bosnian Serb leader.
One of the intermediaries was journalist Mato Djakovic, who would meet privately with Salihovic and pass the information he received from the chief prosecutor to Dodik, as shown by telephone calls that were monitored by the State Investigation and Protection Agency. The contents of one of the calls reached the media.
Djakovic was heard explaining to Dodik what Salihovic had told him about the investigations into business transactions of the banks Bobar Banka and Pavlovic Banka.
After the transcripts of the calls were published in the media, Security Minister Dragan Mektic publicly accused Salihovic of obstructing the investigations, stressing that he should be dismissed if the fight against corruption and organised crime in the country was to continue.
Salihovic said earlier this week that the disciplinary proceedings against him had been launched in revenge for an investigation he had ordered against Dodik for organising the unconstitutional referendum in the Serb entity of Republika Srpska last Sunday. "All this is a frame-up," Salihovic said.