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Bosniak-Croat President Arrested In Corruption Crackdown


The president of the Bosniak-Croat Federation, Zivko Budimir

The president of the Bosniak-Croat Federation, Zivko Budimir

Bosnian police have arrested the president of one the country's two political entities as part of a corruption investigation.

A spokesman for the prosecution said on April 26 that police had arrested Zivko Budimir, who is president of the Bosniak-Croat Federation, and at least 18 other officials.

The spokesman, Boris Grubesic, said members of the group were suspected of "abuse of office, illegal intermediation, receiving and giving bribes, organized crime and drug trafficking."

Under a U.S.-brokered peace deal to end the 1990s war in the Balkans, Bosnia was split into two autonomous regions joined by a weak central government.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina Federation is dominated by Bosnian Muslims, known as Bosniaks, and Croats.

The other region is the Serb Republic.

Both have a high degree of autonomy.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa
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