Plenković Comments On Todorić’s Arrest: ”He Has Rights As Defendant”

Lauren Simmonds

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The Croatian PM gives his two cents on Todorić’s arrest in Britain.

It seems that the fog has well and truly cleared and that Ivica Todorić had been residing in the British capital for the entire time. A lot of speculation about his whereabouts circulated around various media platforms and news portals for weeks, with some believing he was somewhere near Zurich in Switzerland.

As we reported yesterday, the ex Agrokor boss finally handed himself in to the British police at Charing Cross station yesterday morning, and news broke in Croatia at around midday. Nacional revealed that the Croatian authorites had been fully aware of Todorić’s location in the United Kingdom and had passed that private information to the British police after the European Arrest Warrant issued for Todorić was sent directly to the United Kingdom.

In accordance with the details of the warrant issued for him (of which there were two, a European warrant and a warrant from Interpol), the British police detained Agrokor’s former majority owner and placed him under house arrest after he paid £100,000 bail.

We let you know last night that following the payment of bail to the British police, Todorić was fitted with an ankle tag and must not leave the address at which his residence is registered in London. Todorić’s team of lawyers quickly went to work following his apprehension and argued that a political process awaits him at home in Croatia. The British judge dealing with the case agreed that this was a very complicated case and said a hearing on Todorić’s possible extradition wouldn’t take place until April the 10th, 2018.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 8th of November, 2017, when asked if the Croatian authorities knew where Todorić was and whether they provided the British with his exact address, Andrej Plenković said he didn’t know, because dealing with such information is the job of the competent authorities.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that he had received information that Todorić had handed himself in to the London Metropolitan police yesterday morning and that now the usual procedures will follow.

“In accordance with the European Arrest Warrant issued by the Croatian police, the usual procedure will now follow,” Plenković said at the opening of Interliber.

“Todorić has rights as a defendant and I believe he’ll use them, and I don’t want to speculate on time frames,” the PM briefly said.


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