Bosnia: Officials, firm owner arrested over ventilator deal

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian authorities have detained two high-ranking state officials and the owner of a private company which imported 100 ventilators from China that were found to be useless for COVID-19 patients. Bosnia’s media quoted state prosecutors as saying Friday that the arrested men include the prime minister of Bosnia’s Muslim-Croat federation, a top state civil protection official and the owner of the fruit processing company that received about 5 million euros ($5.5 million) from the government to get the equipment. The three are being investigated for fraud, embezzlement of state funds and other crimes. The investigation was opened after a public outcry over the little-known company with ties to Bosnia’s political establishment receiving the ventilator deal.