Operation “PANDORA” - a successful operation in the field of customs fraud, tax evasion, smuggling and money laundering
“PANDORA” was one of the most complex operations carried out in June 2014 by the investigative authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Prosecutor’s Office, State Investigation and Protection Agency - SIPA and Indirect Taxation Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina).
This operation was a continuation of previous operations code-named “BOS” and “MASTER”, targeting organized crime groups dealing with import of textile and other goods originating from China and Turkey. The operations “BOS” and “MASTER” were carried out in cooperation with Customs and Tax Authorities of Hungary and having the valuable support of SELEC. The mentioned operations are interconnected taking into consideration that some of the arrested individuals were active in more groups, applied the same modus operandi and performed similar criminal offences.
Investigators searched 30 business and residential buildings used by the suspected persons during Operation “PANDORA” which resulted in the arrest of 42 persons. At the same time, some of the arrested individuals are suspected of abusing the provisions of a trade agreement between Bosnia and Herzegovina and EU by exempting from customs duties individuals who imported vehicles from EU, based on preferential origin even though they knew that the vehicles originated from third countries (Mexico, Argentina etc.).
7th Steering Group Meeting of the European Strategy for Danube Region
Bucharest/ Romania, 1 July 2014 - SELEC was represented by Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, at the 7th Steering Group Meeting of Priority Area 11 “Security” of the European Strategy for Danube Region, held on 30th of June - 1st of July 2014, in Bucharest.
The meeting, hosted by the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs, represented an excellent platform to discuss the current progress of the ongoing projects and activities within the framework of Priority Area 11, as well as a good opportunity for the participants to share ideas, to establish common aims and to look together for the way ahead.
On 30th of June, a delegation consisting of 15 experts from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Romania, participating at the 7th Steering Group Meeting, paid a working visit to SELEC premises (photo).
Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General of SELEC, welcomed the participants, who were briefed about the law enforcement cooperation developed under the SELEC framework, along with presentation of concrete cases and successful achievements of the Center.
5th Meeting of the UNODC Programme Steering Committee
Vienna/ Austria, 30 June 2014 - SELEC Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, attended the 5th Steering Committee Meeting of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe organized in Vienna, on 30th of June 2014.
Mrs. Maleeva provided a presentation on the existing partnership between the two organizations, including suggestions on future enhancement of this cooperation.
The aim of the meeting was to review and identify developments and challenges within the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe (2012-2015), which represents a key framework and an institutional priority for the UNODC work in the region. The meeting was dedicated to report about the progress registered by the Regional Programme since the last meeting, its implementation, developments and challenges, practices and activities.
Description: Bucharest, June 19, 2014 – The representatives of the law enforcement authorities from 10 SELEC Member States and partners (EUBAM, the Netherlands, RCC, Spain, UK and USA) participated at the 21st Meeting of Mirage Task Force, organized at SELEC premises on 19th of June 2014. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations of SELEC.
During the meeting, the 2013 Regional Evaluation Report on Trafficking in Human Beings and Migrant Smuggling was presented and discussed. At the same time, there were presented some successful joint investigations carried out last year in this field:
“RADIO” was developed by Hungary and Republic of Serbia, targeting an organized crime group dealing with migrants smuggling from the territory of Kosovo*, Syria and other African and Asian countries to Hungary, through the green border, and further to other EU countries.
This joint investigation was awarded a second price for the second semester of 2013 by SELEC Bi-annual Awards Committee.
“SOUTH” was a case in the field of migrants smuggling developed by Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republic of Croatia, which was awarded a second price for the first semester of 2013 by SELEC Bi-annual Awards Committee.
“ESZEK/KASTEL” was initiated in October 2012 and involved Republic of Croatia and Hungary, targeting an organized crime group dealing with the facilitation of illegal migration along the Hungarian and Croatian border. This joint investigation was awarded a second price for the first semester of 2013 by SELEC Bi-annual Awards Committee.
“HIT” started in December 2012 between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Serbia targeting an organized crime group dealing with migrants smuggling. SELEC Bi-annual Awards Committee awarded a third price for the first semester of 2013 to this joint investigation.