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Ex Serbian policeman faces retrial in Croatia for alleged war crimes

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Former Serbian policeman Milenko Maric might be re-tried in Osijek, Croatia for alleged battle crimes in opposition to the civilian inhabitants after his extradition from the UK in accordance with theExtradition Act 2003. Maric’s trial will start on Tuesday for alleged crimes opposite to article 120(1) of the Basic Penal Law of the Republic of Croatia, together with assaulting civilian detainees. Maric was beforehand tried in 2017 however was acquitted. Nevertheless, the Croatian Supreme Courtroom discovered there was “vital procedural violation” and overturned the decision.

The retrial comes after Maric misplaced an eight 12 months lengthy appeal against his extradition and European arrest warrant. The warrant alleges that Maric was a member of a militia, “the Secretariat for Worldwide Affairs of Beli Manastir” which assaulted detained civilians of non-Serbian ethnicity. He was arrested in England in 2015 for functions of the European arrest warrant, the place he was residing. His extradition was ordered in 2022 at Westminster Magistrates Courtroom.

The trial will start on Tuesday. Maric denies the allegations and asserts that he “solely did good issues” throughout his time within the battle. Maric’s defence lawyerasserts his rights are violated as he was despatched to the inaccurate jail to await trial. The utmost sentence for the offence underneath Croatian regulation is 20 years’ imprisonment.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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