Croatia seeks second extradition
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.