ZAGREB, April 7, 2018 – Slovenia on Friday extradited to Croatia Stjepan Prnjat, a Croatian national suspected of smuggling cocaine from South America, according to unofficial reports.
Prnjat was arrested in Ljubljana on March 8 in an operation launched against a drug trafficking ring. After police in Rijeka, Croatia, seized 100 kg of cocaine, six Croatian, two Dutch and one Spanish citizen were arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs from South America to Europe.
Prnjat’s Slovenian lawyer said earlier his client was against being extradited to Croatia, claiming that a media campaign would be launched against him if he was tried in Croatia and that he could be tried in Slovenia. Last week, a Slovenian court rejected his appeal against a decision on his extradition.