BiH: General Savčić is not in Serbia

BiH: General Savčić is not in Serbia

Serbian authorities have said that General Milomir Savčić, for whom an international arrest warrant has been issued, is not in Serbia and that there is no information that he crossed the border at any crossing.

Due to different interpretations of the events in the last few days regarding the detention of Savčić nd his escape, the Court of BiH issued a statement in which it says that “on 9 August 2021 the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued a Decision terminating the prohibitive measures previously imposed on the accused Milomir Savčić, while granting the Motion filed by the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina to order the accused into pre-trial custody on account of his failure to comply with the prohibitive measures.

The announcement reads that during the previous course of the proceedings, upon the Motion filed by the BiH Prosecutor’s Office, under Court’s Decision, apart from the breached prohibitive measure, the following prohibitive measure was also imposed on the accused Milomir Savčić: ban on leaving the place of residence and the travel ban. The accused’s movement is restricted to the territory of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the seizure of all travel documents, or passports, of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as travel documents of Serbia and IDs, as well as the ban on issuance of new passports and the use of ID to cross the state border. All the foregoing measures were still in force at the time when the custody hearing was being held upon the Motion filed by the BiH Prosecutor’s Office on 9 August 2021.

The BiH Prosecutor’s Office filed with the Court a Motion to order pre-trial custody due to the fear that he will destroy, conceal, alter or falsify evidence or clues relevant to criminal proceedings, and the particular circumstances indicating that he will hinder the criminal proceedings by interfering with witnesses, accessories or accomplices. The Court reiterates that the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH did not move the Court to order pre-trial custody due to the flight risk, nor did the Court receive evidence pointing to such a risk. As a result, the Court did not detain the accused after the hearing, pending Court’s decision.

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina reminds the public of its role defined in the Criminal Procedure Code of BiH, namely that the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH is the only body in charge of criminal prosecution, and that in ruling on custody the Court is bound by the motion, reasoning and evidence submitted by the Prosecutor’s Office.