09.05.2022. / 20:41
GRADIŠKA – The Indirect Taxation Authority (ITA) of BiH could be shaken by a new big affair related to the “mysterious” disappearances of customs pliers, because everything points to the fact that organized crime is in the background.
It is indicative that for the ITA BiH, but also the security agencies in BiH, it is not disputed that, according to confirmed information informercustoms tongs “disappear” or “disappear” exclusively at one border crossing (Gradiška), not even that they are reported by one of the suspects and fugitives in action Pandora.
The public is little or not aware of the great importance of customs pliers in the process of receiving and customs clearance of goods; namely, they are primarily used to seal the consignment in the truck, where the seal in all countries, without exception, means that what is stated in the import / export declaration – is in the cargo space of trucks, vans, containers or other means of transport.
Simply put, those who have customs pliers can do whatever they want with the cargo space, open and close it in several locations, and transport various goods to the final destination.
When one pliers disappears – it should and must be a red alarm that things should not happen, so if the institution works properly and in accordance with the law, it is first necessary to determine where they disappeared and inform all customs terminals and border crossings in the territory of the home country that those customs pliers have been put out of order.
However, this is not the case in BiH. inform came to the material evidence that the disappearance of the customs pliers was reported a few years later! What could have happened at that time – and what was happening, that is, what kind of goods could have been smuggled, who could have participated in it and to what extent – we can only guess.
Inforadaru It has been confirmed that the Gradiška Customs Office (CI) has reported the disappearance of customs pliers that have never been found on two occasions in recent years. From the answers we received from the ITA BiH, it follows that those responsible were fined only in money (!), In the amount of the value of lost customs pliers.
“The Gradiška Customs Office, by its act of 29.11.2012. year put out of use customs pliers number 260 due to malfunctions. These pliers were not found and they were written off through the write-off of small inventory in 2012, and the equivalent of customs pliers in the amount of 147.21 KM was collected from the head of the Gradiška Customs Office. In the Gradiška Customs Office, in addition to the mentioned customs pliers, customs pliers number 281 were lost and put out of use on 24.07.2017. year, and the equivalent of the pliers was collected from the customs officer who last used the sameThey replied Inforadaru from the ITA.
It is worth reminding that the head of the Gradiška Customs Office, who reported the “disappearance of the pliers”, Radovan Đurić, is a fugitive from justice in action Pandora (he was on the run for two months).
We remind you that they are part of the action Pandoraconducted by members of the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA), arrested Kemal Causevic, former director of the ITA BiH, Zdravko Cvjetinovic, current assistant director of the ITA for customs, and dozens of other ITA officials.
All were suspected (or accused) of organized crime in connection with tax and customs fraud, money laundering and abuse of office, which damaged BiH by more than two billion KM.
It was only in May last year that Causevic was sentenced to nine years in prison by a first-instance verdict.
What happened to the other suspects who were under the scrutiny of the largest investigation into organized crime in BiH so far, is perhaps best illustrated by the sentence of former ITA BiH trade union president Mehmedalija Osmic, who pointed out billions (!) Marks of crime in this state institution.
“Pandora” was stopped and was never allowed to penetrate to the end of the crime that existed in BiH, and there were billions at various levels. The investigation was channeled and its goal was to protect the thieving gang that rules the country“, Said Osmic.
The ITA BiH “Don’t Know” how the pliers disappeared
When it comes to “missing” customs pliers, those structures that have them in possession can smuggle what they want through the territory of BiH, even narcotics, and if they are in collusion with miserably paid customs officers, they can easily export the same goods to their final destinations. EU countries, because the shipment will not be checked by anyone in the countries of transit.
The most tragic thing is that the security agencies in BiH, specifically the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA), turn their heads away from this crime in the announcement, while we are witnessing that BiH is becoming a serious transit route for narco-groups that smuggle narcotics in several directions.
That this is so was confirmed by the answer we received from SIPAwhich states that this security agency “was never informed about any disappearance of customs pliers at the border crossings in BiH”.
According to the documentation in his possession informerOn August 27, 2012, the Gradiška pliers customs office number 260 borrowed, and the head of this office, Radovan Đurić, three months later informed the Customs Department of the Banja Luka RC that he had put the pliers out of use due to alleged technical malfunction.
However, the disputed customs pliers were properly kept in the state of fixed assets for 2013, and even 2014!
Only on the regular annual census on December 31, 2015, the Commission determined a shortage of fixed assets, namely customs pliers imprint 260, inventory number pliers 2409076, with the head of CI Gradiška agrees to “settle the damage” due to the disappearance of customs pliers in the amount of 147, 21 KM ?!
According to the information from our sources, the Director of the ITA, Miro Džakula, formed a pro forma commission in April 2016, with the task of determining the factual situation in connection with the determined lack of customs pliers of the number 260.
The commission, however, “failed” to determine how the defect occurred, ie whether the pliers were lost, stolen, or otherwise stolen.
Later, the internal control of the ITA, acting in the control procedure, concluded that the same pliers were probably kept in a condition as defective, and then lost, since there is no evidence that they were officially written off ?!
However, the Department of Internal Control, based on the act of the head of CI Gradiška from November 29, 2012, stated that measures were taken to prevent the misuse of customs pliers, and could not determine in the direction of determining responsibility, because there was doubt there was indeed a shortage or disappearance of customs pliers imprint number 260.
The Department for Business Services of the Regional Center of Banja Luka declared, in Official Gazette of BiH No. 68/17, the customs pliers of imprint No. 281, inventory marks 10-09-1097, for which the head of the Gradiška CI, Radovan Đurić, was also in charge and use for use and storage, are also invalid.
Customs pliers seal shipments
Our source from the ITA explains that each organizational unit of the ITA BiH lengthens its pliers with a three-digit code, and some customs offices have longer and more customs pliers. In them, by the way, a metal customs seal is placed, which also has a plate part with the country code (BiH), and in the continuation of that plate part is a serrated part that is placed in pliers. A customs rope is placed on this part and by pressing the pliers, the rope, which protects the contents of the shipment, is sealed or fixed in the metal wrapper of the seal, while the seal is imprinted with a three-digit mark.
In international transport and during customs clearance, ie entry of goods into a country and its transport until final unloading, this seal means that the truck has what is on the import / export documentation.
“The number and mark of seals is recorded in the customs transit declaration, and the inviolability of seals and customs ropes, and their comparison with the data from the transit declaration, are a guarantee that the contents of the shipment or goods in a particular vehicle are a truck, van, container , package, tank or similar and which is declared at the border, the same one that arrives at the customs office of destination inland, where customs clearance is performedExplains the source of Inforadar.
Or vice versa, in the case of export, that the goods cleared for export at the customs office are identical to those that appear at the border crossing when leaving the country.
More precisely, if criminal groups want to transport large quantities of drugs without hindrance, this is easily done with the help of “lost pliers”. Our source reminds that control is already weak in transit countries.
“If the documentation indicates that the destination is BiH, the countries of transit are all countries on the route from the exporting country, for example Turkey, to BiH. You can load various goods on the truck that you report properly, and you also snatch a certain amount of drugs somewhere, send it to Banja Luka, for example, and time it so that the truck in BiH enters the night shift when it is dark, at a crossing that cannot be inspected. is carried out at the border, and it is known that most of the crossings in BiH are due to poor infrastructure. Let’s say that it is the Gradiška crossing and let’s say that the customs officer seals the shipment, because there is no possibility to unload it, and you and your friend open it, remove the content that is important to you, re-seal it with your seals from lost customs pliers and send to the customs office of destination, as if nothing had happened“, Explains our source.
It is similar in the opposite direction, ie when exporting.
“The truck is cleared for export with a delivery note for example to the Netherlands. On the way from the export office to the border crossing, insert drugs or whatever, seal it and send it on. It is to be expected that most of the transit countries will only compare the customs characteristics, ie confirm that the intact customs rope and seal are listed on the customs documents, e.g. 2 x 115, means that there are two seals with imprint number 115 on the vehicle / container, and it will pass the vehicle to the destination in the Netherlands ”, explains an insider from the ITA.
Record drug seizures
An international investigation will determine whether the missing customs pliers are also responsible for smuggling hundreds of kilograms of skunk in recent years from BiH to Hungary.
This route would certainly not have been revealed even today if in October 2020, a truck driver (71) from BiH, who was driving bales of paper from Banja Luka to Slovakia, did not have a bizarre accident while unloading skunk at a gas station near Budapest.
A BiH citizen fell into one of the bales of paper upside down while throwing out his skunk bags, and thus remained stuck until the police arrived. It was this arrest of BiH citizens that later led to a record seizure of skunks in the Republika Srpska and an action codenamed “Storidž”.
The truck was officially sealed, and the customs declaration stated that it was transporting bales of paper. On the way from Banja Luka to the border crossing, the truck most likely stopped in Nova Topola, where smugglers threw bags with tens of kilograms of skunk, which has a million value in the EU, into the cargo area. After they dropped the drugs, the truck was sealed again and sent to the border crossing.
Our source from the security agencies reveals that the smugglers could have used some of the missing customs pliers in order to cover up the shipment.
It follows from all this that the loss of customs pliers can only be a classic negligence, but it is hard to believe. Putting everything in a broader context and a state institution ruled by severe corruption and shaken by strong scandals, it is very likely that the missing customs pliers are used by organized criminal groups to smuggle various types of goods, narcotics and even people.
Source: Capital.ba – Informacija je capital by www.capital.ba.
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