SARAJEVO Nov 23 Bosnia's state court on Monday
sentenced two top officials of the national soccer federation
(NFSBiH) to five years in prison over tax evasion and abuse of
office between 2001 and 2006.
NFSBiH secretary general Munib Usanovic and finance and
marketing secretary Miodrag Kures were found guilty of evading
taxes on turnover of products and services, as well as of
illegal misappropriation of the NFSBiH funds.
"The two evaded a total of 306,477 Bosnian marka ($235,751)
in taxes and abused office by misappropriating $253,932 without
a valid reason and proper documentation and thus obtaining
personal gain," the court said in a statement.
It ordered Musanovic and Kures to repay the funds.
The public image of NFSBiH had been hurt by allegations of
involvement in illegal activities and corruption.
Until last year several of Bosnia's foreign-based players
had boycotted international matches calling for resignations of
the heads of NFSBiH, who they said were elected or appointed
because of ethnic affiliation rather than professional
($1=1.32 Bosnian marka)
(Reporting by Maja Zuvela)
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