Meeting of prosecutors in Banja Luka

Seizure of illegally acquired property

Published on: March 22, 2019

How to timely secure and permanently seize illegally acquired property was a topic in the focus of today's meeting (March 22, 2019) in Banja Luka, which was attended by prosecutors from the District Public Prosecutor's Offices in Banja Luka, Doboj and Prijedor took part, and prosecutors Republika Srpska Public Prosecutor's Office (RS) - Special Department for Combating Corruption, Organized and Toughest Forms of Economic Crime.

"A direct and informal discussion of the problems prosecutors face in their work contributes most to broadening the knowledge of prosecutors and prepares them to more efficiently prosecute criminal offenses of corruption and organized crime," said Republic Public Prosecutor Svetlanka Bijelić, moderator of the meeting.

At this meeting, prosecutors had the opportunity to exchange experiences, good practices and challenges related to financial investigations, which are the prerequisite for successful property seizure. The prosecutors discussed how to detect, track and identify the property acquired illegally, and what is the best way for prosecutors to make a motion for seizure of such property.

Prosecutor Marija Vučko, the head of the Office for seizure of property acquired through criminal offenses of the USKOK (State Attorney of Croatia - Office for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime), shared her very valuable experience with the prosecutors.

After a meeting in Tuzla last month, this is the second meeting between prosecutors in BiH which was supported by USAID's Justice Project in BiH as part of partnership programs with the POs, and in cooperation with the project "Strengthening Public Integrity in the Federation of BiH and the Republic of Srpska" funded by the UK Government.