Bosnian prosecutors opposed to former Dinamo coach’s extradition

NEWS 24.08.2021 19:11
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Source: Dalibor Urukalovic/PIXSELL

Prosecutorial authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and former football coach Zoran Mamic's attorneys said on Tuesday that they were opposed to his extradition to Croatia, claiming that the legal requirements for his extradition had not been met.

Mamic’s attorneys Zdravko Rajic and Davor Martinovic presented their arguments why Mamic should not be handed over to Croatia.

Croatia’s judiciary has requested Mamic’s extradition on three grounds: to conduct his retrial based on a Supreme Court ruling quashing a part of the relevant verdict handed down by Osijek County Court ruling, to get him serve a sentence of four years and eight months based on a final ruling; and for the purpose of an investigation into the bribing of three Osijek judges who were in charge of the cases against Zoran Mamic and his brother, former football mogul Zdravko Mamic.

Mamic’s attorneys claimed that these were no grounds for extradition.

His attorneys claim that the entire court proceedings against Mamic in Osijek are deeply contaminated because the judges in the proceedings are currently being investigated for graft.

Martinovic claimed further that the decision for the imprisonment of the Mamic brothers was still not final because they had not yet submitted an appeal against that decision.

On 12 August the Bosnian court deliberated a separate extradition request for Zdravko Mamic, however, a decision has not been delivered yet.

The prosecutorial authorities in Sarajevo were opposed to the extradition, similarly to previous cases.

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