A court spokeswoman said Budimir could also influence witnesses in the trial or destroy evidence, Tanjug news agency said.
Budimir was placed in custody for a month, officials said.
"The court concluded that the criminal acts were committed by top Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina officials and that the country and judiciary system's reputation has been violated," court spokeswoman Asja Papo said.
Budimir is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for issuing pardons.
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