- Published: November 26, 2019
On 28 October 2019, the IRZ and the Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska organised a joint seminar on “Preventing money laundering – the application of legal regulations governing the practice of lawyers in the Republic of Srpska and their duties with regard to preventing money laundering in Germany”. The seminar was the first joint event held by the IRZ and the Bar Association of the smaller of the two entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The President of the Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska, Branislav Rakić, and Rita Linderoth, Senior Project Manager at the IRZ, opened the seminar. The opening presentation was given by Borislav Čvoro, an investigator at the investigation authority for combating organised crime, SIPA (State Investigation and Protection Agency). He spoke about the relevant legal provisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and about the resulting duties of lawyers. Afterwards, Harriet Krüger, a lawyer based in Cologne specialising in criminal law, presented the situation in Germany with the help of numerous practical cases. The German legal provisions are similar to those in the Republic of Srpska but there has not yet been any practical application in the Republic of Srpska and so Harriet Krüger’s lecture also covered the application of the law.
The lectures were followed by intense discussions. The participants talked above all about the difficulties for lawyers in maintaining a balance between confidentiality and their duty to report any issues with regards to the prevention of money laundering.