US sanctions against ‘blamelessly corrupt’ Bosnian prosecutors

WASHINGTON – The US government on Monday imposed sanctions on a Bosnian prosecutor accused of involvement in corruption and undermining democratic processes in the western Balkans.

The Treasury Department said its Office of Foreign Assets Control had imposed sanctions on prosecutor Diana Kajmakovic, whom the agency described as a “brazenly corrupt prosecutor with ties to criminal organizations.”

According to the Ministry of Finance, Kajmakovic was identified during a major law enforcement crackdown on organized crime and drug trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Investigators analyzed encrypted conversations that mentioned Kajmakovic working in support of drug dealers and other criminals, the agency said.

Kajmakovic allegedly helped conceal evidence, prevent prosecution, and aided criminal activity in exchange for personal gain, and helped block an investigation into her alleged criminal partners.

The US government uses 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.

“Diana Kajmakovic has continued to undermine democracy and the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Brian E. Nelson, Treasury Department assistant secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in an emailed statement.

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