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Recent Bosnian Minister Charged Over Suspected Abuse Of EU Funds

Dragan Mektic was Bosnian security minister until last week.
Dragan Mektic was Bosnian security minister until last week.

Bosnian prosecutors have announced charges against former State Security Minister Dragan Mektic and three other men in a case in which they are suspected of abusing their office and corruption related to an EU-funded firefighting project.

A spokesman for the Bosnian Prosecutor's Office, Boris Grubesic, told RFE/RL that the four were accused on December 30 of "having committed a crime of high corruption that harms Bosnia-Herzegovina's international reputation."

Grubesic said the case stemmed from alleged irregularities in connection with a roughly $220,000 EU-funded, interstate project on cross-border cooperation in firefighting.

The other accused men are two former aides and the owner of a fire-safety institute.

Mektic was the country's security minister until a week ago, when a 14-month impasse was broken and a new government took office.

He has declared his innocence and said the allegations were a "personal, paranoid" reprisal by the country's prosecutor-general, including for his past accusations of official corruption.

EU delegation officials declined to comment on the case.

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