ZAGREB, November 1, 2019 – Vukovar municipal office of the Chief State Prosecutor has decided not to proceed with the case of Marijan Živković, the father of two soldiers killed in the defence of Croatia, who was charged with smashing Latin-Cyrillic signs on the building of the Vukovar police station in September 2013.
The commercial N1 broadcaster quoted on Friday Živković’s lawyer Emil Mitrovski as saying that the case was dropped after the findings of the latest psychiatric examination of his client which shows that at the time when he had smashed the signs, Živković was mentally incapacitated.
Mitrovski said that the local prosecution already sent its decision to the Vukovar Municipal Court where a hearing was to have been held on 5 November.
The lawyer also explained that during that event in 2013, Živković was carried by his emotions and influenced by a prevailing mood in the crowd which was why he was not able to control his conduct.
He added that his client Živković was now a free man.
Živković said that he had received the decision of the prosecution about the discontinuation of the proceedings against him.
“I am a little man, but I am afraid of nothing, and I can only mourn the deaths of my sons,” Živković said adding that justice has won and thanked those who supported him with prayers.
The lawyer said that this was the victory of justice and added that after Živković’s acquittal in 2016 pending trial, no proceedings should have been conducted at all.
In the meantime, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović has written on her Twitter account that the decision of the prosecution to drop this case was the only correct decision.
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