On 28 October 2021, in Trebinje, UNODC through its Global Firearms Programme (GFP) has conducted a workshop on information exchange on criminal procedural law applicable in firearms investigations. Nine criminal justice practitioners, including prosecutors, representatives of the State Investigation and Protection Agency and Border Police, have attended the workshop.
The objective of the event was to review trafficking cases adjudicated under Article 193 of the Criminal Code (CC) of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and identify criminal procedural challenges. The participants have noted that in several occasions court panels have reached different interpretations on the same facts and applicable law. Another important observations was the lack of clarity between the offences “Smuggling of good (Article 214, CC BiH)” and the “Illicit Trafficking in Arms and Military Equipment and Products of Dual Use (Article 193 CC BiH)”, which has led to dilemmas on how to qualify certain activities.
This activity is implemented with the financial contribution provided by Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway through the Western Balkans SALW Control Roadmap Trust Fund and supported by the European Union.