ZAGREB, July 18, 2019 – The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Velika Gorica County Court decision convicting a former Yugoslav and Croatian intelligence official Zdravko Mustač to 40 years in prison for the 1983 murder of political emigrant Stjepan Đureković.
Mustač was tried and sentenced by the German Court to life in prison and Velika Gorica County Court translated the conviction to the Croatian system of 40 years in prison.
Mustač’s defence attorney appealed the conviction and the Croatian Supreme Court dismissed the appeal. He will be probably transferred to a Croatian prison at the beginning of September.
Mustač, 77, was convicted along with another former intelligence agent, Josip Perković (74) who was extradited on July 11 to Croatia to serve the remainder of his 30-year jail term.
Perković and his one-time superior Mustač were handed over to Germany early in 2014 on the condition that after the trial they could serve their sentences in Croatia.
In August 2015, the relevant court in Munich sentenced them to life imprisonment for their roles in the murder of Croatian dissident Đureković in Wolfratshausen, outside Munich, in July 1983. Đureković was killed by as yet unidentified perpetrators.
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