A Bosnian court has sentenced a former Balkan security minister to six months in prison for corruption
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina – A Bosnian court on Monday sentenced a former Balkan security minister to six months in prison for corruption.
The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina ruled on Monday that Sadik Ahmetovic abused his position due to illegal financial gain at the cost of the state budget.
The case is related to project contracts for the ministry from 2011 and 2012 that were worth about 7,000 euros ($ 8,500).
Ahmetovic says he will appeal the verdict, which he described as a political trick against him. He called on prosecutors to turn to the “great crime” in Bosnia, which is among the most corrupt countries in Europe.
“Those who ordered all this can’t scare me,” he said. “We will see what the institutions will say, I believe in justice in this country.”
Ethnically divided after the devastating 1992-1995 war, Bosnia remains politically and economically weak, with widespread corruption and fragile institutions.
The country of 3.3 million people is seeking entry into the European Union, but the reform process is largely stalled and slow.