Bosnia revokes citizenship of hundreds naturalized during war

Bosnia’s government revoked the citizenship of more than 300 people on Wednesday, most of whom were naturalized during the Bosnian war and its immediate aftermath by officials bypassing official procedures.
Justice Minister Barisa Colak said those who had their citizenship revoked could appeal the decision within 60 days, but that afterward, “authorities are obliged to deport them if they are found on Bosnian territory.”

Bosnia was criticized after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 for granting citizenship to people who had links to international terrorism networks. The government responded by setting up a commission to review the cases of everyone who was naturalized since Bosnia became independent in 1992. The Commission makes recommendations to the government, which has the final say in whether to revoke citizenship.

The latest round of reviews revealed that procedures were ignored in a total of 367 cases of people from several countries, including Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, Syria, Tunisia, Sudan and Russia. Colak and the commission did not say whether any of the people were suspected of involvement in terrorism.

The state prosecutor would also review the report to determine whether charges should be brought against individuals or institutions who had worked on the naturalization process at the time.

Since the commission was set up, hundreds of people who were granted citizenship during or right after the 1992-95 war have had it revoked.
Source: Associated Press

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