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'Communist crimes' suspect Boljkovac released from detention

Croatian Times

First interior minister of independent Croatia Josip Boljkovac has been released from detention following the Constitutional Court’s decisions.

Boljkovac, 91, was arrested on suspicion he was responsible for the deaths of civilians found buried in mass graves in Kozjaca and Duga Resa in central Croatia in the aftermath of World War II. At the time, Boljkovac was the head of the Karlovac branch of the former Yugoslav secret police, OZNA.

Boljkovac was released yesterday (Mon from the prison's hospital where he spent most of his detention. He told Nova TV that current Interior Minister Tomislav Karamarko wanted to harness political points with his arrest.

"Personally, I do not have anything against him, but this won’t serve him well. I always believed in justice," Boljkovac said.

The Ministry of Interior said in a statement however the minister himself had no authority to order an arrest in this case.

"After completing a criminal investigation, the police raised charges with the County State Attorney's Office in charge and brought the suspect to the County Court in Zagreb. After the hearing, the magistrate judge ordered the detention," the ministry writes.

Earlier this year, Karamarko vowed to persecute all crimes that took place in the aftermath of World War II committed by the new communist regime.

Boljkovac’s lawyer Anto Nobilo claimed his client was detained under an old law that should not have been used in his case. The new law limits the grounds for detention.

Nobilo said his personal research revealed the identity of the person that is responsible for the crimes ascribed to Boljkovac. He will turn over his findings to the State Attorney’s Office, daily Jutarnji List writes.

Earlier this year, Karamarko vowed to persecute all crimes that took place in the aftermath of World War II committed by the new communist regime.

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