A Spanish court is likely to decide on the handover of former Yugoslav secret agent Vinko Sindicic to Croatia in two weeks’ time, the judicial authorities in Madrid have informed Hina.
Sindicic, arrested in the town of Burgos on 9 November on an Interpol warrant issued by Croatia, has refused to be handed over to Zagreb.
The local prosecutor’s office in the Croatian seaport of Rijeka issued a warrant for his arrest on suspicion that Sindicic gave a false testimony during the 2008 trial of former Yugoslav secret police (UDBA) informer Krunoslav Prates, sentenced by a Munich court to life imprisonment for his role in the brutal murder of Croatian emigre Stjepan Djurekovic in Wolfratshausen, outside Munich, in 1983.
Sindicic served 15 years in prison for the attempted murder of Croatian emigre Nikola Stedul in Scotland in 1988. He was also on trial in Zagreb for the murder of Croatian emigre Bruno Busic in 1978, but was acquitted in 2000.