A life imprisonment has been confirmed for Perković and Mustač

It was proved during the trial that Perković and Mustač, senior officials of the Yugoslav secret service, had organised Đureković’s assassination.

ZAGREB, May 28, 2018 – The German supreme court in Karlsruhe has upheld life imprisonment for Yugoslav-era Croatian intelligence officials Josip Perković and Zdravko Mustač for their roles in the 1983 murder of Croatian dissident Stjepan Đureković, Hina learned unofficially from German judicial sources on Monday.

A review based on the complaints concerning evidence and due process is unfounded, the supreme court said in its ruling, handed down on May 2.

Perković’s German lawyer Richard Beyer could not confirm the ruling to Hina, saying that his office had not yet received it by post.

In August 2016, a Munich court sentenced Perković and Mustač to life imprisonment finding them responsible for the murder of Đureković. Đureković was murdered by still unidentified perpetrators in Wolfratshausen, outside Munich, in July 1983.

It was proved during the trial that Perković and Mustač, senior officials of the Yugoslav secret service, had organised Đureković’s assassination.

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Mustač Zdravko, Josip Perković, Siniša Pavlović

ZAGREB, May 29, 2018 – Two Yugoslav-era Croatian intelligence officials Josip Perković and Zdravko Mustač will serve their sentences in Croatia for their roles in the 1983 murder of Croatian dissident Stjepan Đureković, after the German supreme court in Karlsruhe delivered a final ruling in early May.

Attorney Siniša Pavlović, who is representing the Đureković family, told Hina that the convicts would be transferred to Croatia because they had been extradited to Germany on the condition that once a final ruling was delivered they would be returned to Croatia to serve their sentences.

“That is something that everyone has forgotten,” Pavlović said and added that during the extradition procedure the Croatian courts asked the two suspects if they wanted to be returned to Croatia after the trial and they agreed to be extradited on the condition that they were returned to Croatia.

Considering the fact that Croatia’s legislation doesn’t recognise life imprisonment, the relevant courts are supposed to convert the German sentence into the maximum sentence in Croatia, which is 20 years imprisonment, Pavlović said.

Mustač Zdravko, Richard Beyer, Ante Nobilo, Josip Perković

Richard Beyer, Josip Perković and Ante Nobilo

Perković’s Croatian lawyer Ante Nobilo too said that it was only a technical matter of when Perković and Mustač would be returned to Croatia considering that Germany had agreed to Croatia’s condition on the extradition.

Pavlović added that the sentence against Perković and Mustač was to have been expected. “Since the first ruling, we have been saying that the chances of it being overturned were next to none. After one year and ten months this has turned out to be true. The supreme court in Karlsruhe rejected a review of the case as irrelevant,” Pavlović said.

Mustač, Dauster, Nobilo, Perković, Pavlović

Nobilo, however, announced a complaint to the European Court for Human Rights on the grounds of the lack of right to an impartial court and fair trial. Nobilo’s main argument is that Judge Dauster, who presided over the trial chamber, had previously presided over a trial chamber that convicted Krunoslav Prates, whose guilt could only be confirmed by convicting Perković, which meant that he anticipated his guilt. Nobilo claims that Dauster should have been excluded from the Perković-Mustač case.

Commenting on the possible complaint, Pavlović said that that was normal because the defence wanted to do what was best for their client, adding that he didn’t believe the complaint would succeed and that Mustač himself described the trial as fair and proper.

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