Wednesday, 19. June 2013 - 12:06
17. 07. 12. - 11:00
Following the current visit to the Republic of Croatia by Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Richard Marles, the Justice4Six committee is asking members of the Croatian Sabor to raise the issue of the Croatian Six judicial review with the visiting Australian delegation.
The Croatian Six were six men jailed in 1981 for an average of 10 years on trumped up terrorism charges, which they have claimed all along was a set-up orchestrated by the UDBa, the secret service of the former Yugoslavia.
For the past 31 years, these six men of Croatian descent have been asking for a review into their trial and a full judicial inquiry into their case.The Justice4Six committee feels that all Croatian politicians should take this opportunity to raise the issue of human rights and the right of all people to.
According to a spokesperson for the Justice4Six committee, Mr Branko Miletic, this is a perfect opportunity for Croatia's politicians to do the right thing for six Croatian men, whose lives were ruined, whose families were destroyed and whose community was defamed by an manipulated and flawed judicial process.
"There have been numerous attempts by other Australian politicians to have an inquiry into this case, and each time these attempts have been shut down by Australia's spy service, ASIO. We feel this is the perfect time to ask the Australian delegation why these six men are still to this day being denied natural justice", says Mr Miletic.
Just prior to his departure from Australia, Mr Marles said that, "Croatia is a country with which Australia shares strong community links," "I look forward to discussing with my Croatian counterparts ways in which we can work more closely together, particularly as we celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations this year."
Mr Miletic pointed out that "Croatian-Australian relations can never be fully normalised until issues like the illegal jailing of the Croatian Six remained unresolved."
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