JANUARY 8 2014 21:17h

EC without comment on decision on Croat's extradition to Germany

European Commission staff evacuate the EC headquarters in Brussels following emergency alarm




The European Commission does not wish to comment on the Zagreb County Court's decision pending appeal to grant the extradition of Josip Perkovic to Germany, saying on Wednesday it did not wish to comment on individual cases and that its role was to make sure that the laws in member countries were aligned with European legislation and to monitor the enforcement of said laws.

Perkovic, a former chief of the Yugoslav and later of the Croatian secret service, is wanted in Germany in connection with the murder of Croatian dissident Stjepan Djurekovic outside Munich in 1983.

Last year the Commission asked Croatia to change a law on the application of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) which prevented the extradition of persons suspected of crimes committed before August 2002. The Commission said this was contrary to European legislation. The law was eventually amended, going into force on January 1, when several persons were arrested based on the EAW.