Man convicted of murder of Frenchman arrested in Spain

Đorđe Prelić, who was in Serbia sentenced to 15 years in prison for the murder of French national Brice Taton, has been arrested near Barcelona.

Source: B92, Tanjug
A file photo of Brice Taton
A file photo of Brice Taton

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dačić told Tanjug that Prelić was arrested for auto theft and use of fake passport.

He added that Prelić was in custody in Barcelona.

“We have received information from Spain that the identification has been done and that finger prints have confirmed that this is Đorđe Prelić for whom Serbia issued an arrest warrant,” Dačić said.

Prelić’s lawyer Ivan Bajazit does not believe that his client will be extradited to Serbia soon. He told B92 that he would request a retrial.

Taton was attacked and beaten by a group of hooligans on September 17, 2009 in downtown Belgrade ahead of the Partizan-Toulouse match. The Frenchman succumbed to his injuries in Belgrade’s Emergency Center on September 29, 2009.

The attackers were initially sentenced to 240 years in prison in 2011. Prelić and Dejan Puzigaća were sentenced to 35 and 32 years in prison and Ljubomir Marković and Ivan Grković to 30.

Another eight Partizan fans received sentences ranging from 12 to 14 years in prison.

The Appellate Court, however, halved their sentences in 2012.

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