Ruling to revise trial of Cardinal Stepinac to be handed down Friday

The Zagreb County Court on Friday will, at the request of the family, decide on whether to revise the trial of Zagreb Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac who was sentenced in 1946 by the Communist regime to 16 years in prison and forced labour and was stripped of his political and civil rights for five years.

A panel of judge to consider the revision of the trial will be presided by Judge Ivan Turudic and the hearing, which will be held behind closed doors, will start at 1000 hours.

Spokesman for the court Ratko Scekic told Hina that Stepinac's nephew requested that the verdict against the archbishop be challenged.

Cardinal Stepinac (1898-1960) was the leading person of the Catholic Church in Croatia during World War Two. After the war, Communist authorities charged him with collaborating with the Ustasha regime of the Independent State of Croatia (1941-1945), although he publicly denounced the crimes of the pro-Nazi regime and actively helped provide sanctuary for those persecuted. Subsequently, Stepinac spent five years in prison and nine years under house arrest until he died.

In October 1946 the then Supreme Court found him guilty of all charges in his indictment.

In February 1992, the Croatian Sabor adopted the declaration condemning the court decision and the process that led to it. The declaration states that the true reason of Stepinac's imprisonment was his pointing out many communist crimes and especially refusing to form a Croatian Catholic Church in schism with the Pope.

Last update: Tue, 19/07/2016 - 18:06

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