Presidential adviser testifies in Perkovic-Mustac trial


Vladimir Seks testified on Tuesday in the trial of ex-Yugoslav intelligence officials Josip Perkovic and Zdravko Mustac and denied having anything to do with the kidnapping of a former federal intelligence official Ivan Lasic in 1992 who is one of the main witnesses in the trial.

Answering a question by presiding judge Manfred Dauster, Seks who currently serves as an adviser to President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, said “I didn’t know that Lasic had been kidnapped and brought to Croatia. Lasic was was taken from Mostar and brought to Croatia for questioning in 1992 in connection with the assassination of Croatian dissident Stjepan Djurekovic by Boze Vukusic and now another of the key witnesses in this trial.

Seks reacted to claims by Lasic, who was a high ranking official of the state security service (SDS) and who had testified before the Munich court in May last year and indirectly accused Seks of being a former UDBA (former Yugoslav intelligence agency) agent. When asked then why Seks who was the state prosecutor in the Croatia didn’t question him, Lasic said that “it would not have been a good idea for an UDBA agent to question another UDBA agent.”

Today Vladimir Seks claimed that he could not have questioned Lasic as that was not in accordance with the law. “I didn’t order Lasic’s questioning because I didn’t have the authority for that. As the prosecutor I could not question people under investigative proceedings,” Seks said.

“I have known Perkovic since 1991 when he was an SDS agent and I was the president of the crisis centre for eastern Slavonia and later at the order of Franjo Tudjman, we set up the conference for the prevention of crime and war profiteering. I met Mustac later in the late nineties at some meeting of the highest state council. He was a member,” Seks said when asked by Judge Dauster if he knew the defendants.

The judge then questioned Seks about his relationship with Boze Vukusic, a former dissident and later a member of the parliamentary committee for war and post-war crimes and one of the key witnesses in the trial against Perkovic and Mustac.

“I met Boze Vukusic in 1994 when I was deputy prime minister after he had appealed against a ruling denying him status of a political prisoner which meant that he was not eligible for an accelerated pension plan,” Seks said.

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