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BiH: US ready to impose new sanctions against corrupt BiH citizens

“On October 4, US Ambassador to BiH Eric Nelson met with ambassadors and other representatives of the embassies of Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom to discuss the tools, methods and best practices in supporting a “A better future for all BiH citizens by holding corrupt actors accountable,” the Embassy said in a press release.

It added that the US Embassy in Sarajevo was committed to increasing the exchange of information with like-minded partners about the activities of corrupt actors and would make it more difficult for BiH corrupt actors to reap their unthinkable benefits, and invest them abroad; stand up for champions against corruption within BiH including public servants, investigative journalists and civil society; and to continue public engagement against corruption and its negative impact on BiH.

“As part of its commitment to accountability for corrupt actors, the US Embassy in Sarajevo is taking new steps to cancel or deny visas to travel to the United States for business or tourism to individuals involved in corruption,” he concludes. press release.

Ambassador Nelson told N1 TV that for the United States, it is becoming clear – corruption is a problem for our national security, it undermines democracy, it is against our business interests, it undermines human rights, prosperity and poor security, it is a threat in our country, is a threat in every country. “And the existence of corruption outside the US is a threat to the US … We are ready to tackle corruption. One of the tools we have is sanctions. Citizens need to sanction leaders, and they do that in elections,” Nelson said.

Asked when the sanctions could be expected and who would be sanctioned, Ambassador Nelson said he was “unable to speak in advance about any sanctions that may come from Washington”.

“We will not issue visas, business or tourists to any corrupt person who wants to travel or invest in the United States. “So we have those powers under our immigration law and that law has always been there, but now we have seen that the information we have about corruption in BiH and corrupt individuals, that they are not issued visas to the United States.”

He added that everyone can be included in that list. “I am not able to talk about numbers or names for privacy reasons, but it is very important that we talk about how we increase our procedures, strengthen our procedures to protect the US from potentially corrupt individuals and “to protect BiH and help fight the corruption that undermines its efforts,” Nelson concluded.

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