Bosnia revokes 500 citizenships granted to foreigners

A special commission of Bosnia-Herzegovina's government has almost completed a revision of citizenships granted to foreign citizens during the country's 1992-1995 war, Sarajevo daily Dnevni Avaz reported Wednesday quoting a commission official.

Bosnia revokes 500 citizenships granted to foreigners

A special commission of Bosnia-Herzegovina's government has almost completed a revision of citizenships granted to foreign citizens during the country's 1992-1995 war, Sarajevo daily Dnevni Avaz reported Wednesday quoting a commission official.

The head of the commission, Vjekoslav Vukovic said that the government had so far revoked 500 citizenships, while additional checking was underway for another 60 cases.

Most of the people with the revoked Bosnian citizenship - a total of 330 - had not been living in the country for several years already, he said.

The rest of them received the decision that their Bosnia- Herzegovina citizenship had been revoked, but they used legal instruments to try to change the government's decision and stay in the country, Vukovic said.

Citizenship was revoked mostly from people from Islamic countries - like Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey - who came to Bosnia-Herzegovina to help Bosnian Muslims fight against Serbs and Croats during the 1992-1995 war.

Most of them decided to stay in Bosnia after the war, where they later married local women and formed families.

A number of them also came from some Eastern European countries, like Russia.

The commission was given a mandate until February 2008 and would continue to work, but the focus would now be on the citizenships granted to people from the states of the former Yugoslavia, Vukovic said.

It is believed that 15,000 Bosnian citizenships were given to people from the former Yugoslav republics.

DPA

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