Herald Sun

Croa­tia seeks sec­ond ex­tra­di­tion

- CHARLES MI­RANDA Crime · Middle East News · Politics · Warfare and Conflicts · Croatia · Australia · International Criminal Police Organization · Victoria · United Kingdom Ministry of Justice · Zagreb

CROA­TIA has now for­mally asked Aus­tralia to ex­tra­dite a sec­ond al­leged war crim­i­nal to face charges of war crimes re­lated to the mur­der of three civil­ians in 1991.

Pre­drag Japranin, from Mel­bourne, had been on In­ter­pol’s “most wanted” list since 2012 when it was dis­cov­ered he was liv­ing a sim­ple life as a soc­cer dad in Vic­to­ria.

Croa­tia then sig­nalled its de­sire to have the 42-year-old ex­tra­dited but stalled to see if it could get another al­leged war crim­i­nal, Dra­gan Vasiljkovi­c, back first.

Mr Vasiljkovi­c, a dual Ser­bian Aus­tralian na­tional, in the past fort­night be­came the first war crim­i­nal to ever be ex­tra­dited from Aus­tralia and is now in jail on the Croa­t­ian port city of Split await­ing trial. The Croa­t­ian Min­istry of Jus­tice last night an­nounced it would go ahead with seek­ing Mr Japranin’s ex­tra­di­tion.

Min­istry spokesman Sergej Abramov said the County Court in the cap­i­tal, Za­greb, was pre­par­ing the doc­u­men­ta­tion. Mr Japranin and his fam­ily stren­u­ously deny he was any­thing but a soldier in the Yu­goslav Na­tional Army.

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