Croatian Football Boss Zdravko Mamić to Remain in Prison

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Dinamo Zagreb owner to say in prison. 

The investigating judge of the Zagreb County Court on Friday refused bail which was offered in real estate by Zdravko Mamić, executive president of Dinamo Football Club and the most powerful man in Croatian football. Judge Erna Dražančić accepted the opinion of the prosecution which concluded that the two houses belonging to Mamić’s friends were not adequate insurance for him to be released from prison, reports Novilist on December 11, 2015.

On Thursday, the judge accepted the proposed bail for Mamić’s son Mario, while she postponed the decision on the bail for his father until Friday, wanting to hear the opinion of expert witnesses. The acceptance of the guarantee for Mario Mamić does not mean that he will soon be released from the Remetinec prison, because the prosecution representatives have appealed that decision.

On Tuesday, the judge panel of the Zagreb County Court confirmed that Mamić can be freed on bail worth 14 million kuna. The bail for his son was set at 5 million kuna. In addition to confirming bail, the panel also decided that Mamić, after his release from prison, will not be able to work in Dinamo and have any contacts with potential witnesses, including his brother Zoran, who is the head coach of the team.

The new charges against the most powerful man in Croatian football, who has already been charged for more than one hundred million kuna taken from Dinamo in another case, were the result of months-long investigation. Tax authorities reportedly found that since 2004 over ten million euros and half a million pounds were taken from Dinamo through offshore companies run by various accomplices of Mamić. In the first part of investigation, which was launched in early July, Mamić was charged with a series of wrongdoings, worth at least 117.8 million kuna.


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