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RS President Milorad Dodik
Photograph: HINA/ TANJUG / DRAGAN KUJUNDZIC / ua

The president of the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, has been summoned for questioning by the Bosnia and Herzegovina State Prosecutor's Office, as part of an investigation into organising an illegal referendum held in this entity on 25 September, the Banja Luka-based media reported on Monday.

Radio-Television Republika Srpska and the Nezavisne Novine daily carried separate statements by spokesman for the State Prosecutor's Office Boris Grubesic who confirmed that Dodik was served with a summons for questioning.

Earlier today, it was announced that the Prosecutor's Office had opened an investigation into the referendum that had previously been banned by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Constitutional Court and that people involved in the organisation of the referendum would be questioned.

The case was opened 20 days ago and was given a priority status.

Failure to comply with Bosnian Constitutional Court decisions carries a sentence of six months to five years in jail.

The Constitutional Court has not yet officially informed the Prosecutor's Office that its rulings had not been implemented.

Court Registrar Zvonko Mijan said on Monday that decisions regarding the status of January 9 as Republika Srpska Day would be discussed at a hearing scheduled for September 29 and 30.

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