Markač arrested, Croatia's MUP chief resigns

Zagreb police arrested Croatian Army General Mladen Markač for breaching the terms of his temporary release.

Source: Beta, Tanjug

On December 27, the HagueTribunal received information that Markač, who is accused of war crimes committed during Operation Storm, had left his registered address in Zagreb to take part in a hunt at Bilogora on December 22, and that the Croatian government had not reported any breach of the terms of the general’s house arrest.

Croatia did not confirm that Markač had been hunting wild boars in Bilogora in the company of Croatian Interior Minister Ivica Kirin until December 28, and did so only at the Hague’s request.

But this afternoon, following news of Markač's arrest, Kirin tendered in his resignation to Prime Minister Ivo Sanader.

The scandal came to light on Tuesday, after Croatian media published photos of the pig hunt that Markač took part in along with other high-ranking political officials.

The interior minister was, according to Hague Tribunal rules, meant to supervise and control Markač’s movements and make sure he adhered to the terms of his temporary release. Of further embarassment is that it was Ivo Sanader’s government who, in 2004, provided the guarantees for the general’s release.

Markač, together with two other generals, Ivan Čermak and Ante Gotovina, is accused of war crimes against Serb civilians during the 1995 Storm Operation, and his trial is due to begin in the middle of next year.


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