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Bosnia President Freed From Jail


Bosnia President Zivko Budimir released from prison in Mostar on May 24.

Bosnia President Zivko Budimir released from prison in Mostar on May 24.

The president of Bosnia's Muslim-Croat federation has been freed from jail following his arrest last month on corruption charges.

The Constitutional Court ruled on May 24 that Zivko Budimir and four co-accused aides all be released immediately.

Budimir was arrested along with 19 other officials in late April in the most high-profile anti-corruption drive in Bosnia since independence more than two decades ago.

A court had order Budimir and his four aides to be held in detention because some of them held Croat passports, raising the risk they might try to flee.

Budimir left the prison in the southern town of Mostar late in the evening on May 24 and was welcomed by dozens of supporters and relatives.

He has been charged with accepting bribes to grant amnesty to a number of convicts.

Budimir denies the charges.

Based on AFP and AP reporting
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