The US sanctions the Bosnian minister in the fight against corruption

WASHINGTON – The US government on Monday imposed sanctions on the head of Bosnia’s autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation and others who acted less than a week later imposed sanctions against a prosecutor accused of involvement in corruption and undermining democratic processes in the Western Balkans.

The Treasury Department said its foreign assets control office on Monday imposed sanctions on Prime Minister Fadil Novalic, saying he misused pensioner data he obtained through his official position in the week before the 2018 election. Novalic is said to have used pensioner data to send letters detailing his benefits and promising increased pensions.

The new sanctions come after prosecutor Diana Kajmakovic described the Ministry of Finance as ” brazenly corrupt prosecutor with links to criminal organizations”, was sanctioned last week.

In addition, Bosnian tycoon Slobodan Stankovic and his engineering firm Integral Inzenjering AD Laktasi have been sanctioned for alleged links to corruption in the construction sector.

The Treasury Department said that large construction projects are often handed over to Stankovic’s firm without fair and open competition and that the bulk of Stankovic’s wealth comes from public funds.

The US government is counting on one supreme command signed by President Joe Biden as the power to impose sanctions. The order is aimed at people who threaten international stabilization efforts in the Western Balkans.

“Today’s action underscores how politicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina are undermining democratic institutions and processes for their own political gain and rewarding their networks of patrons,” said Brian Nelson, Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, in a statement.

“We will continue to target those who destabilize the region and their supporters and hold them accountable.”

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