Zdravko Mamić Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison for Modrić-Lovren Transfer Fraud

By 6 June 2018

ZAGREB, June 6, 2018 - Former Dinamo football club boss and current advisor to the club, Zdravko Mamić, his brother Zoran, former Dinamo director Damir Vrbanović and tax official Milan Pernar have been found guilty of the charges made by the USKOK anti-corruption office, with Zdravko Mamić being sentenced to six and a half years in jail.

Mamić et all were found guilty on all counts in the case of siphoning about 116 million kuna from the Dinamo club and defrauding the state budget of about 12.2 million kuna in unpaid taxes and surtaxes.

Zdravko Mamić was hence sentenced to six and a half years. His brother Zoran was sentenced to four years and 11 months, while Pernar was sentenced to four years and two months, an Vrbanović was sentenced to three years.

Not one of the four accused turned up to hear the sentencing before Osijek County Court. Zdravko Mamić, who is currently in Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina, said on Tuesday that he wasn't on the run but that he would not attend the hearing today.

After the verdict was delivered, Zdravko Mamić said that the sentence was "forced and false" and insisted that he is innocent, calling out all those who accused him and threatening them.

Zdravko Mamić can't avoid going to jail if a final sentence is ruled against him in Croatia because he can serve it in Bosnia and Herzegovina, provided that Zagreb requests that based on the existing international agreement, Bosnia and Herzegovina's Security Minister Dragan Mektić said earlier in the day.