Madrid court quashes decision on Sindicic's extradition, asks for its amendment

A higher body of a Madrid court of inquiry has quashed a decision on the extradition of former Yugoslav secret agent Vinko Sindicic to Croatia asking that the decision be amended, and a final decision on Sindicic's transfer to Croatia is expected to be known next week, Hina learned from court sources.

Judge Ismael Moreno, who ruled that Sindicic should be transferred to Croatia, failed to explain in his ruling why he had disregarded arguments from Sindicic's lawyer who opposed his extradition, a court source told Hina.

Moreno must now amend his ruling and forward it to a higher judge. A final decision on the extradition is expected to be known next week, the source said.

Sindicic was arrested on November 9 in Burgos, a town in the north of Spain, on an Interpol arrest warrant issued by the Rijeka Municipal Prosecutor's Office.

Croatian prosecutors believe that 72-year-old Sindicic gave a false testimony and falsely reported a crime at the Munich trial of former senior Yugoslav intelligence officials Josip Perkovic and Zdravko Mustac, who are charged with the 1983 murder of Yugoslav dissident Stjepan Djurekovic, a Croat.

Perkovic's lawyer Anto Nobilo claims that Sindicic's perjury has put his client, charged with masterminding the Djurekovic assassination, in jeopardy.

In 2008, a German court sentenced Krunoslav Prates to life imprisonment for aiding and abetting in the Djurekovic murder.

The warrant for Sindicic's arrest was issued on 6 February 2014, and he was arrested 20 months later.

Sindicic is waiting for a decision on his extradition in a prison some 40 kilometres from Madrid.

He was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for the attempted murder of Croatian dissident Nikola Stedul in Scotland in 1988, and he served there two-thirds of his sentence. He was also tried in Zagreb for the murder of Croatian political emigrant Bruno Busic in Paris in 1978, but was acquitted in 2000. His name was also mentioned by the media in the context of the murder of a Croatian family in Italy and the murders of some other emigrants in Germany and Switzerland.

Last update: Thu, 24/12/2015 - 00:30

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