While the Office of the Disciplinary Prosecutor of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) of B&H is still conducting a disciplinary investigation against Ranko Debevec the President of the Court of B&H for abuse of office and authority, new illegalities that were concealed by the first man of the B&H judiciary are coming to light.
Apart from undeclared property in Spain and dual citizenship, which no one knew about for years, the Prosecutor's Office of B&H sent all documentation to the Office of the Disciplinary Prosecutor, which reveals how Debevec obtained Spanish citizenship.
There is no agreement
Firts of all, it is disputable that B&H has not signed an agreement on dual citizenship with the Kingdom of Spain, which means that Debevec cannot even have dual citizenship of B&H and Spain.
Namely, while checking the allegations from the criminal report against Debevac, which was submitted to the Prosecutor's Office in the middle of last year, the prosecutors found out that the President of the Court of B&H renounced the citizenship he had for the purpose of obtaining the citizenship of the Kingdom of Spain.
The Prosecution, as a witness, examined Merima Šenderović, the Head of the Citizenship Department of the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who stated, among other things, that B&H has signed dual citizenship agreements with the Republic of Croatia, Serbia and Sweden and that the Law on Citizenship B&H stipulates that B&H citizens can have dual citizenship only if a bilateral agreement has been signed between B&H and another state.
- B&H has not signed an agreement on dual citizenship with the Kingdom of Spain, which Ranko Debevec knew or had to know when applying for Spanish citizenship - it is stated in the documentation of the Prosecutor's Office of B&H.
The information forwarded to the Office of the Disciplinary Prosecutor mentions the possibility that Debevec renounced "Yugoslav citizenship", which he could not have at that time (this is indicated by the data from the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of Spain No. 95), and in this case gave false information to the authorities of the Kingdom of Spain.
- It is possible that he renounced the citizenship of Bosnia and Herzegovina and that, in this case, he gave false information to the competent authorities of the Kingdom of Spain. And there is a possibility that he renounced some other, unknown citizenship that he had at that moment - the prosecutors stated.
What the law states
According to all evidence and applicable laws in B&H and Spain, Debevec could not be a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Kingdom of Spain at the same time.
Article 4 of the Law on Citizenship of Bosnia and Herzegovina clearly states: “B&H citizens may have the citizenship of another state, provided that there is a bilateral agreement between B&H and that state regulating the issue, approved by the Parliamentary Assembly in accordance with Article IV (4) (d) of the Constitution of B&H ”.
Why he did not report dual citizenship
Debevec had to report dual citizenship during the appointment procedure, first for a judge and later for the President of the Court of B&H, which was determined by the checks of the Prosecutor's Office of B&H.