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Bosnian-Croatian spying dispute probably a distraction created by Croatia to deflect attention from upcoming war-crimes ruling

03 October 2017

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The Croatian weekly Nacional published two reports in recent weeks claiming that Bosnia's intelligence agency (Obavještajno-sigurnosne agencije: OSA) had conducted illegal surveillance of Bosnian Croat and Croatian businesspersons.

However, this was denied by Bosnian Minister of Security Dragan Mektić on 26 September following a meeting between representatives of the OSA and their Croatian counterparts. Last week, Bosnian weekly Slobodna Bosna made the counter-claim that the editor of Nacional had been paid by Aluminij d.d. Mostar, a state-owned producer of aluminium that is managed by the Bosnian Croats, to obscure controversial attempts to privatise the entity. Neither media outlet has presented concrete evidence to support its claims.

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