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Illegally registering and reselling real estate property of deceased

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Introduction

The case involves a group of over 40 people and legal entities, including a former interior minister, judge, prosecutor, lawyers, court expert witnesses and a public notary, who are charged with organised crime, abuse of office or authority, violation of the law by the judge, money laundering, forgery, fraud and assisting an offender after the commission of a criminal offence. The key defendant, former interior minister Alija Delimustafić, is charged with organising a criminal group that illegally registered and resold the real estate of deceased persons in Sarajevo Canton, among other crimes.

Country
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sector
Public institutions
Offence
Abuse of official position or authority
Phase
1st instance procedure

Description of the case

The case involves a group of over 40 people and legal entities, including a former interior minister, judge, prosecutor, lawyers, court expert witnesses and a public notary, who are charged with organised crime, abuse of office or authority, violation of the law by the judge, money laundering, forgery, fraud and assisting an offender after the commission of a criminal offence. The key defendant, former interior minister Alija Delimustafić, is charged with organising a criminal group that illegally registered and resold the real estate of deceased persons in Sarajevo Canton, among other crimes.

The indictment claims that in court cases led by judge Lejla Fazlagić-Pašić, the real estate of deceased persons was registered to members of the group and their relatives. The properties were then sold to others. Through these illegal acts, group members gained illegal benefits of over KM10 million (€5 million). The members of the group abused their official position in the court administration to ensure that properties of people who had died could be sold and entered in the court’s property register illegally.

The defendants were indicted on 6 October 2017. Delimustafić was in custody but has paid bail and is now under house arrest. Judge Fazlagic has fled to Croatia.