Today, the Prosecutor's Office of B&H proposed to the Court of B&H to order one-month custody for the arrested Osman Mehmedagić Osmica, the director of the Intelligence and Security Agency (ISA) of B&H, the "Avaz" portal has learned.
Custody was proposed after the acting prosecutor Oleg Čavka questioned the suspect Mehmedagić this morning, in the presence of a lawyer.
Yesterday, the director of ISA was arrested by members of the SC MUP on the order of the Prosecutor's Office of B&H.
As it was officially announced yesterday by the Prosecutor's Office of B&H, Mehmedagić is charged with criminal offenses of abuse of position or authority, forgery of a document and money laundering.
He is suspected of forging a diploma from the American University
Custody was requested because of the fear that the suspect would repeat the crime, influence witnesses and conceal evidence, and that the release could lead to disturbance of the public.
Mehmedagić is suspected of forging a diploma from the American University in (AU) B&H, which is why his friend Denis Prcić, the owner of AUB&H, was recently arrested. This investigation lasted for a full two years, but the Prosecution has only now come to solid evidence.
It is suspected that, on the basis of a fake diploma, he received a salary in ISA and illegally gained material gain in excess of 100,000 KM. He then handed over the forged diploma to the Commission for the Supervision of the Work of the ISA and marked it "secret".
However, the investigation of the Prosecutor's Office established that Mehmedagić was never a student of this higher education institution and that Prcić, with the help of his associates, subsequently added his name to the register of students.
A forensic expert determined that it was a forgery, because the original documentation was found, in which there is no name of the director of the OSA. All this was done with the aim of giving Mehmedagić a second term at the head of ISA, but he also deceived the state institutions that appointed him director in 2015.
In addition, he is suspected of committing the crime of money laundering. According to the information that "Avaz" has, it is very disputable with what money Mehmedagić bought and renovated two houses in the Sarajevo neighborhood Aneks, in the renovation of which, allegedly, close to one million marks were invested.
Namely, the investigation established that Mehmedagić did not withdraw money from the account for the purchase of this real estate, which is why there is a justified suspicion of money laundering.
Čedić sold a house of 94.40 square meters to Mehmedagić for 116,000 KM
Osmica bought this house from Šaćir Čedić, the owner of the "Vatra" cafe chain in Sarajevo, who was questioned by the Prosecutor's Office of B&H in January. He testified in this judicial institution about the circumstances of the sale of the house in 2017 to Osman Mehmedagić.
The prosecutors, based on the financial investigation, which, according to the order of this institution, was done by the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA), came to the information that Čedić sold the house of 94.40 square meters to Mehmedagić for 116,000 KM.
However, in the outflow of funds from the account of the suspect Mehmedagić, these funds were not shown at all. More precisely, Mehmedagić did not withdraw money from the account for this real estate in 2017.
It is suspected that Mehmedagić paid for this property in cash, which is why Čedić was summoned to the Prosecutor's Office. The sales contract was signed on May 22nd, 2017.
Čedić had to explain to prosecutors whether the house he sold to Mehmedagić was in a devastated condition, whether it had a swimming pool and what exactly the transaction was. It is suspected that Osmica paid Čedić in the amount of 10,000 to 30,000 KM in cash. It was established that he did not withdraw money from the account for almost two years, to which he was paid a salary higher than 5,000 marks.