The County State Attorney’s Office in Osijek has filed an indictment against Dejan Lovren for giving false testimony in the trial against Zdravko Mamić.
After Luka Modrić, another World Cup finalist involved in the Mamić trial has been indicted for giving false testimony before the Osijek County Court at the trial of Zdravko Mamić. Namely, the Croatian citizen is said to be Croatia national team representative and Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, reports Jutarnji List on September 19, 2018.
Lovren, like Modrić, is caught in the middle of the trial against Zdravko Mamić, who has been accused of damaging football club Dinamo Zagreb for some 116 million kuna.
The statement reads:
“The County State Attorney’s Office in Osijek filed an indictment against a Croatian citizen (1989) before the Osijek County Court for committing the criminal offense of giving false testimony under Article 305, paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code (19 September 2018).
The defendant is charged that on 1 September 2017 at the Osijek County Court; during the trial of a criminal case against four defendants for criminal offenses of abuse of position and power under Art. 291 para 1 and 2 of the CC, although the trial judge warned him that he was obliged to state the truth and that giving false testimony was a criminal offense; knowingly untruthfully stated that the annex to the professional gaming contract, on which the concluding date was announced as January 9, 2007, which regulates the distribution of the transfer allowance between him as a player and a parent club in the ratio of 50:50 percent, was signed shortly after the signing of his professional gaming contract with the club from 1 January 2007, though he knew that this did not correspond to the truth, because he did not sign the annex to the contract at that time.”
Recall, Lovren is in hot water for his transfer from Dinamo to Olympique Lyon in 2010, when an annex was signed in the contract giving Lovren 50% of the transfer fee. Lovren then forwarded a large sum of that money to the Mamić family. The footballer claimed that the annex was signed before he completed his transfer to Lyon, though evidence found that the annex was backdated and signed after his transfer to the French club.
Lovren also falsely claimed that he was in Croatia to sign for his 50 percent share, though he was in France at the time.