Former Deputy Prime Minister Andrija Hebrang did not appear at the Zagreb County Court on Monday as a witness at the trial of Tomislav Mercep, a former assistant to the interior minister charged with war crimes charges on civilians committed in the area of ​​Pakrac Poljane, Zagreb and Kutina from October to December 1991.

Hebrang had to testify of the circumstances of Djordje Gunjevic, former assistant of the Pakrac Commander, who described the torture in Pakrac Polje during the trial, but also testified that he believed that Hebrang intervention had been released from the Pakrac pole.

According to the words of Judge Zdravko Majerovic, it is expected that at the trial of Tomislav Mercep will soon be testified by Igor Mikola, who 2014, after nearly ten years of escape before the Croatian judiciary, surrendered to the Peruvian police and asked to be extradited to Croatia.

Mikola fled at a time to avoid leaving the jail for five years on the basis of a final verdict to aid in the murder of an unknown man under the nickname of Saša at the end of 1991. near Pakrac Poljane. Munib Suljic and Siniša Rimac were then sentenced as perpetrators and co-perpetrators of liquidation, and charged with the second detention and liquidation of Serb civilians in the Pakrac polja.

Tomislav Mercep, as war commander of the reserve police composition, is sentenced for the abduction, abduction, torture and killing of fifty civilians from Zagreb, Kutina and Pakrac areas.

He argues he is not guilty and denied that he had commanded a unit called his name. At the trial, in contrast to the testimonies of the victims, witnessed several "Merčepovci" and members of the then political leader such as Vladimir Šeks and Ivan Vekić's interior minister of war.

The next hearing in Tomislav Mercep's trial is scheduled for 29. September

(Hina)