JANUARY 8 2007 09:47h
People with dual citizenship are suspected to be involved, Ministry of Internal Affairs has alerted Serbian colleagues.
For the past few months, Croatian citizens of Serb nationality who once lived on the territory of the former “Krajina” (central Croatia), have been selling Croatian passports. Refugees who left Croatia after the liberation of Croatian territory are involved. They had a right to citizenship, requested it and got it. Today, they are selling Croatian citizenship, which leaves them with the Serbian one.
This was confirmed in an interview for Javno by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Zlatko Mehun.
-Selling of passports has been noticed in the past couple of months even on some web-sites - said Mehun.
The procedure is quite simple. A Serbian refugee, after selling their passport, is not obligated to report the loss of the document to Croatian authorities for a certain period of time. They report the loss after the passport’s date expires and then they get a new one from the Ministry of Interior Affairs, which they sell again.
On the other hand, Bozidar Spasic, a retired state security inspector notes how it is often the case of Serb criminals renting a Croatian passport.
-They rent a passport and identity, do their task in the West, return to their country and give over the papers to someone else- said Spasic to the Slobodna Dalmacija daily.But Spasic mentions an even more alarming example: documents from Croatia can be ordered at a price of six to eight thousand euros, which will be made by the usual procedure at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.