The fact that a family has to pay two average salaries to bury a deceased family member without knowing who is being buried – because coffins are not allowed to be opened – would provoke a general civil revolt and reaction of the rule of law in any well-organized society. Not in BiH, a corruption-ridden country.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, with the final date of collected data being December 23 this year, 5,444 people have died from the coronavirus in Republika Srpska.
Although, according to experts, the virus dies when the infected does, all those who died in RS, in accordance with the rules from 2018, must be buried in tin boxes that cost 260 KM each, so we can reach the amount of 1.4 million KM by simple mathematics, which families paid only for these purposes, or a total of about seven million for the burial of the deceased from COVID 19.
What is most tragic about everything is that the funerals of the deceased from the coronavirus are manipulated, since only privileged funeral companies can perform those services, that is, sell funeral equipment. Thus, for two years now, all the money has gone into the pockets of individuals who are justifiably suspected of exploiting loopholes in the law and engaging in pandemic profiteering in order to earn hefty profits.
The Family doesn’t know who is being buried
On the other hand, private funeral companies, which are not in on the “deal”, complain and openly warn that individuals have a monopoly over this type of burial, but despite that, the authorities deny any illegal actions, referring to the mentioned Rulebook.
Although we sent inquiries to numerous institutions, including the Republic Headquarters for Emergency Situations of the RS, in order to establish the exact facts related to the procedures of burying the dead from the coronavirus and visible profiteering, we did not receive an answer from any (!), Which speaks for itself. All the more so because it is completely clear from the documentation in the possession of Inforadar that this is a gray area where individuals take extra profit, and those responsible, or those who should be – wash their hands of responsibility.