ZAGREB, June 7, 2019 – Osijek County Court on Friday ordered that a warrant be issued for the arrest of former Dinamo football club mogul Zdravko Mamić after the court on May 21 set investigative custody for Mamić, said source at the Osijek court which would send the necessary documentation to the Justice Ministry on Monday so that it could launch extradition proceedings against Mamić.
On May 21, the Osijek County Court upheld a second indictment which the Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK) filed against Mamić and six other people, charging them with defrauding Dinamo of 200 million kuna. Investigative custody was set for Mamić on the same day.
After a motion to exempt Osijek County Court president Zvonko Vrban from the case was rejected as unfounded, a decision was made to continue with the proceedings in line with the indictment, the court said.
On Monday, the court will deliver all the necessary documents to the Justice Ministry to launch extradition proceedings against Mamić, Osijek County Court spokesman Miroslav Rožac said.
Based on the first of USKOK’s three indictments against Mamić, in June 2018 Mamić was convicted, pending appeal, to six and a half years in jail for siphoning around 116 million kuna from the football club.
Just before the verdict was handed down, Mamić, who also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina citizenship, fled to that country. He now lives in Medjugorje.
The second indictment against Mamić also covers his brother Zoran and son Mario Mamić, as well as former Dinamo director Damir Vrbanović, football manager Nikky Arthur Vuksan and entrepreneurs Sandro Stipančić and Igor Krota.
Under that indictment, Mamić and the others are charged with having conspired, in the period from December 2004 to December 2015, to defraud Dinamo of more than 144 million kuna through fictitious contracts between Dinamo and several foreign companies and bills for the payment of non-existing services related to player transfers.
Under the contracts, Dinamo was obligated, without any grounds, to pay an additional amount of 7.35 million euro (55.8 million kuna).
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