BiH Chief Prosecutor, Ukrainian Amb. exchange information on Orthodox icon case

NEWS 26.01.202117:23 0 komentara

Bosnia's Chief Prosecutor Gordana Tadic told the Ukrainian Ambassador to Bosnia Vasyl Kyrylych Tuesday that the Prosecution had already taken several activities within the 'Icon' case and that institutions from which the Prosecution requested international legal assistance need to respond to their request as soon as possible.

The Chief Prosecutor met with the Ukrainian Ambassador to discuss topics of interest to Ukrainian law enforcement institutions as well as the BiH Prosecution's activities within the ‘Icon’ case.

The icon in questions relates to the icon which the Bosnian Serb presidency member Milorad Dodik presented to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during his visit to Sarajevo in December 2020.

Back then, Dodik said the icon is 300 years old and that it originates from Ukraine. The photos of the icon show it has a soviet-era seal proving it is from Ukraine.

After the news broke, Ukrainian institutions said the icon belongs to their cultural heritage and demanded it be returned to them.

During the meeting, interlocutors discussed the processing and work on cases related to the participation of BiH citizens on the battlefield in Ukraine.

The two noted that the Prosecutor's Office of BiH and the Public Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2008 and that they have had good cooperation so far, which will be continued in the future, Bosnian Prosecutor's Office said.

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