Tomislav Horvatinčić In The Dock Again: ”I Believe In The Croatian Judiciary”

Lauren Simmonds

Will justice ever catch up with the formidable Zagreb entreprener? It remains to be seen.

As SibenikIN writes on the 6th of July, 2018, After the County Court’s decision in May overturned Tomislav Horvatinčić’s acquittal for the deaths of the Salpietro couple back in 2011, the first hearing of the second repeated trial was to be held today in the Dalmatian town of Šibenik, but the hearing was terminated because Horvatinčić’s defense requested the exemption of Judge Ivan Jurišić, who was supposed to chair the court council.

“In this process, we’ll persevere with my extensive medical documentation from before and after the accident. I believe in the witnesses, I believe in expertise, I believe in medical findings, and I believe in the Croatian judiciary. In this way, I’d like to say something to the gentlemen who’re mocking my health condition on social media. I wouldn’t want what happened to me to happen to them. I wish them all the best and lots of health and happiness in life,” Horvatinčić stated before the Šibenik court.

His lawyer, Veljko Miljević, said that Judge Jurišić’s exemption was sought for reasons which bring his objectivity and impartiality into question.

”We aren’t questioning the personal integrity of the judge, we’re doing this because during the composition of the judiciary, we have to look at the objective element of impartiality of the trial and avoid anything that might seem like a fact that would interfere with the objectivity of the court. The case has now been forwarded to the president of the court, which is empowered to decide upon it,” Miljević said.

After the Judge Maja Šupe shamefully acquitted Horvatinčić back in October last year, the prosecution appealed against that decision, and the Council of the Zadar County Court, presided over by Judge Hrvoje Visković, annulled the acquittal judgement back in May. The courtroom in Šibenik was to see Tomislav Horvatinčić’s third trial on the same matter today.

In its reasoning, among other things, the Zadar County Court suggested that Maja Šupe, the judge who acquitted Horvatinčić in October last year, had committed significant violations of the criminal procedure, because the reasons for granting his acquittal were significantly contradictory, emphasising that it was particularly contradictory that temporary loss of consciousness was actually accepted as a legitimate reason as to why Horvatinčić was acquitted of taking the lives of the Salpietro couple back in 2011 in the sea near Primošten.

To very briefly recall, an easily avoidable maritime incident occurred on August the 6th, 2011 when the well known, rich Zagreb entrepreneur Tomislav ”Tomo” Horvatinčić killed Mr and Mrs Salpietro from Padua, Italy.


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