The District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Banja Luka issued an order to suspend the investigation against Davor Dragicevic for the criminal offense of endangering the security of the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska, Dragan Lukac.
Lawyer Dragan Tolimir confirmed for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIRN BiH) that he had received the Prosecution’s decision addressed to him on September 8, 2021.
Davor Dragicevic says that today such a decision of the Prosecutor’s Office does not mean much to him and that it came three years late.
“As far as I am concerned, that decision means nothing to me,” says Dragicevic.
The investigation against Davor Dragicevic was conducted due to the events in front of the National Assembly of the Republika Srpska on December 17, 2018. At that time, the citizens gathered around the group “Justice for David”, led by Davor Dragicevic, came before the entity parliament in which the deputies elected the new Government of the Republika Srpska. Citizens protested in front of the Assembly because Dragan Lukac was again proposed for the Minister of Internal Affairs.
The report against Dragicevic was filed by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Dragan Lukac.
Dragicevic, who is in Vienna, told BIRN BiH that three years after the events in front of the Assembly, the suspension of the investigation comes late.
“They were almost three years late. We recognized their intentions in time and felt their rigged processes, “Dragicevic commented on the order to suspend the investigation against himself.
He adds that he continues to insist on discovering the murderers of his son, but also on the responsibility of those who tried to cover up the murder and who persecuted him and members of the group “Justice for David” for that purpose.
The suspension of the investigation against Dragicevic for lawyer Tolimir is an indication that the institutions were used only to intimidate citizens and deter them from further gatherings.
“This is an indication that this was pure persecution and that they used everything to prevent people from protesting. It is an abuse of institutions, because if no report resulted in an indictment, it is obvious that the Prosecutor’s Office was used for pressure, “says Tolimir.
For the same criminal offense “endangering the security of the Minister of the Interior Dragan Lukač”, an investigation was conducted against members of the informal group “Justice for David”, Ozren Perduv and Sofija Grmuša.
“The investigation against the two of us was suspended in February this year after Sofia and I insisted on seeing what was happening with that investigation,” says Perduv.
Another investigation is currently underway against Davor Dragičević for endangering the safety of Minister Dragan Lukač, but in the Prijedor District Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Citizens gathered around the informal group “Justice for David” have been protesting continuously since March 2018. The protests began after the body of 21-year-old David Dragicevic was found on the banks of the Vrbas, whose death has not yet been clarified. The investigation into the murder was taken over by the Banja Luka District Prosecutor’s Office in April this year by the State Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The trial against Davor Dragicevic is underway before the Basic Court in Banja Luka, which was filed for defamation by Dragan Lukac, Darko Ilic and Darko Culum, current and former high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republika Srpska.