European Human Rights Court Halts Extradition of Croatian General From Austria to Croatia

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Bruce Zagaris

On November 9, 2007, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) suspended the extradition of former Croatian General Vladimir Zagorec from Austria to Croatia. A judge of the ECHR decided to temporarily suspend the extradition until it decides the issue, namely that Zagorec and his family are in danger of persecution in Croatia. Based on a DVD of Zagorec’s conversation between Croatian presidential advisor Sasa Perkovic and the arrest of Susanne di Mauro Bunjevac in Zagreb, the ECHR triggered Article 3 of the European Human Rights Charter. Article 3 states that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”...[more]