Friday, October 12, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (October 12, 2007) – A two-day operation carried out by the police in Grude, Posusje and Siroki Brijeg resulted in the discovery of 30 stolen vehicles, 160 car engines and various other car parts, mainly Volkswagen, Mercedes, Audi and Fiat.

Edin Vranj, Chief of the Organised Crime Department of the FBIH entity explained how this case is a perfect illustration of the way in which criminals abuse the fragmentation of police in Bosnia: “Vehicles are stolen in one location, chassis numbers forged in another and then distributed to a third location.”

Vranj expressed concern at the number of car waste disposals and the way the function in the West-Herzegovina Canton: “It seems that these locations very often serve as disposal locations for vehicles stolen all over Bosnia, Croatia and Germany, to name just a few countries.”

One person was arrested. Two others are still at large. Police appealed on citizens to call the nearest police station if they have any information on their whereabouts.

“We have reasons to believe that there were some leaks about the operation,” Vranj concluded. “We will do our best to discover by whom.”

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