Croatia Issues European Arrest Warrant Against Todorić

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In the meantime, Todorić’s attorneys have filed an appeal against the court decision to send Todorić to prison.

Ivica Todorić’s attorneys Čedo Prodanović and Jadranka Sloković have filed an appeal against the court’s decision to send their client to remand prison. However, according to previous legal practice, the court will not consider the motion until Ivica Todorić is arrested and brought to the Remetinec prison, reports N1 on October 24, 2017.

The State Attorney’s Office has issued a European arrest warrant (EAW) against Agrokor owner Ivica Todorić, and the police have confirmed that they were searching for him. If Todorić is arrested in a European Union member state, he should be extradited to Croatia within 60 days.

After the State Attorney’s Office in Zagreb issued an EAW against Todorić, further procedures are being carried out in accordance with legal provisions. Depending on which tactic Ivica Todorić opts for, there are various possibilities for further sequence of events on the path towards the final judicial ruling, which will undoubtedly take some time.

In addition to the European arrest warrant, Croatia has also issued an international warrant to locate, arrest and extradite Ivica Todorić.

As for the European Arrest Warrant, the procedure is uniform in all European countries. If arrested, Todorić would have 48 hours to consult with an attorney and say whether he is opposed to extradition or agrees with it. If he were to agree, the procedure would be short, and the court would have three days to make a decision. If Todorić were to oppose the extradition, which is much more likely given recent statements published on his blog, the procedure would be much longer. In such a situation, the initial deadline is 60 days, but it could be extended by another 30 days, and even longer in extraordinary circumstances.

At this point, it is not known what Todorić will do. He has written on his blog that the whole Agrokor affair was a politically-motivated process and there are rumours he could ask for an asylum, but there is no confirmation. In that case, perhaps he would not have to wait for the final decision behind bars, since a foreign court could also impose lighter measures, for example, taking away his passport.

If Ivica Todorić is in the United Kingdom, which is the most often discussed possibility, legal experts say that he could benefit from a more difficult procedure for extradition, although it is probable that he would still eventually end up in a Croatian prison. Croatian Justice Minister Dražen Bošnjaković recently said in a statement that Croatia had requested extradition from the United Kingdom eight times in the past several years, and it was rejected only once.

Translated from N1.


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