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09SARAJEVO388 2009-03-27 16:13:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Sarajevo
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BOSNIA - SIPA ACTION AGAINST ID FRAUD ANGERS DODIK

Tags:   PGOV PINR PREL KCRM KJUS KAWC BK 
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RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC
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					  C O N F I D E N T I A L SARAJEVO 000388 

SIPDIS

EUR (JONES), EUR/SCE (FOOKS, MCGUIRE), INL (CARROLL),
EUR/ACE (KEETON); S/WCI (WILLIAMSON; VIBUL-JOLLES); NSC FOR
HELGERSON; OSD FOR BEIN; DOJ FOR OPDAT (ALEXANDRE)

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/27/2019
TAGS: PGOV PINR PREL KCRM KJUS KAWC BK
SUBJECT: BOSNIA - SIPA ACTION AGAINST ID FRAUD ANGERS DODIK

REF: SARAJEVO 228

Classified By: DCM Judith B. Cefkin for Reasons 1.4 (B) and (D)

CIPS Operation Nets Key Officials in the RS
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1. (U) The State Investigative and Protective Agency (SIPA),
acting on the order of the State Prosecutor's Office, on
March 24 arrested three officials in Bijeljina in eastern
Republika Srpska (RS) in connection with the fraudulent
issuance of Citizenship Identity Protection System (CIPS)
identification cards to criminals, including supporters of
persons indicted for war crimes (PIFWCS). The arrested
officials include two police officials -- Goran Dzelmic,
Chief of Uniformed Police at the Bijeljina Police Station and
Tomo Macar, Deputy Chief of the Janja Police Station -- and
Dragana Knezevic, a civil servant in the RS Ministry of
Interior. All three were later released from custody until
trial. SIPA officials also questioned Dragi Milosevic,
Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Department at the
Ministry's headquarters in Banja Luka and its third highest
ranking official, along with Slobodan Nikic, the Deputy Chief
of the Bijeljina Police Department. The operation was part
of a wider state-level investigation, which had resulted in
the arrests of twenty individuals operating in several cities
throughout Bosnia.

Reactions from the RS


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2. (U) The RS police did cooperate in the arrest;
Nonetheless, news of the operation drew swift, negative
reactions from RS PM Dodik. In statements to the press,
Dodik claimed that SIPA's involvement in the operation was
unnecessary, insisting that RS police officials were capable
of carrying out operations against their colleagues without
SIPA's assistance He also claimed that SIPA was being used
by "foreign prosecutors," who are not accountable for their
actions, to undermine the RS. Notably, Dodik said that RS
efforts to counter the influence of foreign prosecutors may
lead to a "redefining of all relations in BiH," which
presumably was an allusion to his earlier threat to pull
ethnic Serbs out of state-level institutions if the State
Prosecutor's investigation into alleged corruption by Dodik
and other RS officials proceeds. Minister of Interior
Stanislav Cadjo publicly criticized the latest CIPS-related
operation, saying that it had greatly damaged the Ministry
and the RS police, and that the operation had resulted from
poor communication between the State Prosecutor's Office and
the RS Ministry of Interior, for which the State Prosecutor's
Office was responsible.

COMMENT


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3. (C) Although this latest CIPS operation was a
straightforward law enforcement operation, RS PM Dodik chose
to politicize it, using it as a pretext to continue his
campaign to discredit SIPA and the State Prosecutor's Office.
This investigation is not related to the investigation
targeting Dodik for corruption, however. Regardless, Dodik's
rhetoric in the CIPS case, much like that in the corruption
case, further underscores the challenge we face in promoting
the rule of law and strong state-level judicial institutions
in Bosnia.
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