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Police dog handlers Azmir and Camil (II)

Omerovic, Selimanovic and colleagues during happier days
Omerovic, Selimanovic and colleagues during happier days

Obviously, IPTF had formed the view that the dog handlers had witnessed their colleagues use violence and were lying to protect them. But the letter gives no indication of how IPTF had reached that conclusion, and the dog handlers vehemently deny that they saw any wrongdoings.

Omerovic and Selimanovic never learnt what evidence IPTF had against them. They never had an opportunity to speak to the IPTF investigators in person and state their case. IPTF's certification process only allowed them to request "a reconsideration" of the Commissioner's decision in writing. With their non-certified colleagues, they engaged one of Sarajevo's best law firms, which wrote a detailed appeal for each of them, but IPTF rejected the appeals. A few days later, they were dismissed by the Sarajevo Ministry of Interior. A court case they initiated has still not been decided.

It took Selimanovic two years to find new work. He now guards an office building in Sarajevo at night, while Omerovic has found a job as a driver and courier for a bank. Both miss working with dogs. "If you commit a murder, you serve 20 years in prison and are free afterwards," said Omerovic. "Our sentence is for life, and we really haven't done anything wrong."

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