Sarajevo: Government officials caught taking part in illegal party amidst the coronavirus pandemic

Sarajevo: Government officials caught taking part in illegal party amidst the coronavirus pandemic

Sarajevo Canton police forces raided on Monday night the “Golf Club” restaurant in Sarajevo after a video showing a large group of people celebrating without protective masks, gloves and even the minimum social distancing, surfaced on social networks.

On the spot, police officers found 16 persons and fined them with EUR 500, but that is not all.

Among the participants of the “corona party” were Minister of Foreign Trade in BiH Council of Ministers, Staša Košarac, Chief of General and Abdominal Surgery at the Clinical Center of the University of Sarajevo, Jusuf Šabanović, member of the Expert Body of the cantonal Ministry of Health for the monitoring and analysis of the situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Nihad Fejzić, the delegate at the Sarajevo Canton Assembly, Fahrudin Pecikoza, as well as several popular Sarajevo singers.

They gathered on the occasion of Šabanović’s birthday. Košarac later said that he came just to offer his wishes and that he was there for a short period of time. He said that he was sorry but did not offer his resignation.

The leader of the main opposition Democratic Progress Party (PDP), Branislav Borenović, however, on Tuesday demanded that Košarac be dismissed from the position of minister.

Jusuf Šabanović has already been dismissed as Chief of General and Abdominal Surgery at the Clinical Centre of the University of Sarajevo (KCUS).

“Due to non-compliance with the prescribed measures and the created danger for the KCUS employees and patients, Dr Šabanović was referred to self-isolation and the epidemiology procedure”, the KCUS Director General’s Office said.

Minister of Health of the Sarajevo Canton, Rusmir Mesihović, dismissed this morning Nihad Fejzić from the Expert Body on COVID-19. Other participants will be also fined in accordance with the law.

The tragedy of this case is not the fact that a group of adults gathered at a forbidden place, without even taking precautionary measures. The real tragedy of the case is the fact that those who broke the law were the same public figures who, since the outbreak of the pandemic in BiH, have been calling on citizens to respect the restrictive measures, “#stayhome#” and avoid gatherings./ibna