Bosnia, Croatia sign deal over convicts

Bosnia and Croatia signed a deal on Wednesday to stop people with dual citizenship convicted of a crime in one country from avoiding jail by fleeing to the other.

Bosnia, Croatia sign deal over convicts

Bosnia and Croatia signed a deal on Wednesday to stop people with dual citizenship convicted of a crime in one country from avoiding jail by fleeing to the other.

Bosnia's Justice Minister Barisa Colak said more than 100 convicts have fled to Croatia and up to 50 to Bosnia to avoid serving sentences back home.

He said a similar agreement should be signed this month with Serbia, where around 100 convicts from Bosnia have fled.

"Today, we have put an end to the impunity of people who have abused dual citizenship of our respective countries to avoid justice," Croatia's Justice Minister Ivan Simonovic told a news conference after the signing.

Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia all want to join the European Union and effectiveness in punishing war criminals is a key factor for successful membership bids.

Under the new deal, the country that found someone guilty can request that the convict serve the sentence in the country of residence without requiring the person's consent, Simonovic said.

Western Balkan countries do not have common agreements on extradition and residents of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia have used this legal loophole to escape doing jail time.

Reuters

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