Sarajevo Canton’s prosecutor launched an investigation in the finances of the Federation entity’s parliament, following investigative reporting stories on the lawmakers by the Center for Investigative Reporting, CIN.
The prosecutor will look into the payments for living away from home that the members of the House of Peoples have collected, as well as the advisers hired by the House speaker Lidija Bradara.
“Case files are opened on the issues in both (CIN) stories,” said Alem Hamzic, spokesperson for the Canton’s prosecution.
Rent paid for housing in Sarajevo is a major condition for non-Sarajevan members of the House to be eligible for substantial compensations for living away from home. CIN reporters found that lawmakers would make deals with landlords and pay low rents for apartments unfit for living or far from the parliament building in central Sarajevo. Often, lawmakers would let other people live in their rented apartments.
From 2015 to mid 2017, the House paid 35 members some 420,000 Euros in the living away from home compensations
The House of Peoples has no mechanism to control how lawmakers use the compensation right. From 2015 to mid 2017, the House paid 35 members some 420,000 Euros in the living away from home compensations.
Government officials are not obliged to make public vacancy calls for advisers; they choose for themselves. Lidija Bradara, the House of Peoples speaker, used the discretion right and hired eight advisers from different walks of life. The House paid her advisers some 150,000 Euros in salaries in the course of two years and two months.