Croatia’s Football Boss Zdravko Mamić to Be Released from Prison

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Dinamo boss set to be freed from prison.

The judge panel of the Zagreb County Court on Friday rejected the prosecution’s appeal and confirmed that Zdravko Mamić, executive president of Dinamo Zagreb Football Club, can be released from the Remetinec prison, after the registration of a lien on a property and after he pays a little more than 6.3 million kuna in cash, reports Jutarnji List on December 18, 2015.

According to the latest proposal which has been accepted by investigating Judge Erna Dražančić on Monday, Mamić will be able to leave prison after a lien is placed on a house in Samobor which has been estimated to be worth 7.63 million kuna, while the rest of the 14 million kuna bail will be paid in cash. Since the lien has to be officially registered, it is uncertain whether Mamić will be released today.

Zagreb County Court spokesman Krešimir Devčić confirmed that the judge panel rejected the prosecution’s appeal and upheld the earlier decision of the investigating judge. This means that Mamić’s lawyers must bring to the court a proof that the lien has been registered and that the remaining amount of the bail has been paid in cash. Only then will Mamić be called to the court where he will have to officially promise to the investigative judge that he will abide by conditions of the bail, which include a ban on contacting witnesses.

Considering the fact that Mamić’s remand prison term is to expire on 19 December, the court has scheduled for 2 pm a hearing at which the judge will decide whether the remand prison will be extended. Even when defendants are released on bail pending trial, they are still formally considered to be in remand prison which has just been temporarily replaced by bail and precautionary measures.

In addition to Mamić, suspected entrepreneur Igor Krota is also in prison, but he has not offered any guarantee which would enable him to be released on bail. On Thursday, Mamić’s son Mario was released, after he paid five million kuna as bail. The remaining detainee, entrepreneur Sandro Stipančić was also allowed to be released, after he paid bail worth four million kuna. The fifth suspect in the case is the executive director of the Croatian Football Association Damir Vrbanović, who has not been detained.


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