Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Western Balkan countries join efforts to fight organised crime


A recent joint sting operation underlines the effectiveness of a united regional front against crime and corruption.

By Jusuf Ramadanovic for Southeast European Times in Sarajevo -- 16/12/09


The arrest of the Elez crime group resulted from co-operation between the police forces of Serbia and BiH. [AFP]

Late last month, Serbia's Special Prosecution Office filed an indictment against Bosnian gang leader Darko Elez for a number of crimes. He and five others are charged with extortion, drug trafficking, illegal possession of arms, document forgery. Elez faces the additional charge of inciting murder.

The indictment also charges the six with assisting those wanted by the police to escape from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to Serbia. An investigation in BiH is under way, though the group has not yet been formally charged. Bosnian officials are co-operating with the Serbian authorities.

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