Bosnia opens organized crime probe into student's death

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnian prosecutors have opened an organized crime investigation into the unresolved death of a student that has sparked street protests and criticism from the European Union.

In a statement Wednesday, prosecutors said Chief Prosecutor Gordana Tadic told the parents of Dzenan Memic that a probe was launched against several people. No other details were immediately revealed.

Memic, 22, of Sarajevo, died in February 2016 from what prosecutors initially described as intentional homicide, but later treated as a vehicle accident. That led to street protests and allegations of corruption in the judiciary.

EU's Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Tuesday that the delay in bringing justice is "unacceptable."

Memic's death along with that of another student David Dragicevic, who was slain in Banja Luka in 2018, have fed discontent in Bosnia.

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