Croatia is next in line to join the European Union.
But this sort of thing, circulated by the eminent Centre for Research into Post-communist Economies, shows that beneath the surface - or even bang on it - a lot of nasty habits and people and instincts inherited from the communist period and then the ghastly Tudjman era are flourishing.
I am forwarding the CRCE appeal on behalf of H21 to William Hague's office and to senior people in Brussels, urging them to take action.
Come on Croatia. Stop producing this rubbish. And don't bring it into our EU tent. We have enough already.
A Call for the Release of Croatia’s Political Prisoner - 72 year old Author and Stalwart Anti-Corruption Activist Aleksandar Saša Radović
72 year-old Alksandar Saša Radović (Sasha) - an author and stalwart anti-corruption leader in
was arrested last week just moments after Sasha's name appeared in public as a formal candidate of Hrvatska 21 - Croatia 21 (H21). The police report given to the press was that Mrs Radovic was present with Sasha when they were arrested on charges of extortion. Croatia
There are major issues involved in this case that require immediate international intervention led by principled leaders of the West:
- Sasha has been detained at an undisclosed location and denied due process and an attorney for 7 days and counting.
- Contrary to the police report which claims that Mrs. Radovic was with Sasa when Sasha was arrested, Mrs. Radovic was at their family residence some 60 minutes from where Sasha was arrested. Mrs Radovic was with her sister and brother-in-law during the period.
- Due process was denied and lawyers were not appointed or permitted to contact Mr. and Mrs. Radovic.
The arrest of Sasha took place on the day when it became public that he joined the roster of 75 brave citizens as political candidates on the list of Hrvatska 21 -
21st Century. Croatia
In his most recent book, Sasha exposed the outgoing Minister of Interior, Mr. Tomislav Karamarko for political corruption and general Ivan Cermak as a war profiteer.
Cermak’s unexplained wealth and evidences of smuggling during the West's arms embargo of the Balkan region have been published in Sasha’s four major books which include the selling of oil and weapons to
Serbia, Bosniaand Montenegrowhile Cermak was employed in Croatia’s military during ’s independence war. Croatia
Today, Cermak resides in a lavish castle with an estimated wealth of 200 million euros - much higher than the wages earned working for the government. Cermak’s “business endeavors” included a chain of gas retail outlets which was sold in the meantime. Cermak's companies have been a major media advertiser in
The West’s leaders have been silent in spite of the fact that
is a NATO member and a candidate of the European Union. The West has poured over 1 billion euros of taxpayer funds into Croatia ’s “reform process” without any results. Croatia
Aleksandar Saša Radović has published over 20 books on corruption in Croatia and much of his work (with documents and evidences) has been presented in the international arena to place a spotlight on high level political corruption including cabinet members of the ruling HDZ including former PM Ivo Sanader and the communist party SDP.
is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees the "freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media." Croatia
EU membership criteria emphasize the stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law and human rights. However,
’s politicians have subverted the rule of law and protection of property rights. More than 1 million back logged cases are in the court system, some for more than 20 years. Croatia Croatia’s elections are slated for December 4, 2011 with over 550,000 illegal votes not addressed by ’s authorities. Efforts by ruling HDZ and SDP have blocked the verification of the voter list. Croatia
Sasha is now a political prisoner of a tyrannical state, a compromised member of NATO with an unreformed intelligence structure dating back to the UDBA (Tito’s communist system) and a tainted candidate nation about to enter the EU.
In an independent initiative, Denis Latin, anchor of
Croatia’s state-run television and one of the most respected journalists in Croatiaand Southeast Europehas joined well-known public figures in a signed letter calling for the release of Sasha.
Over the last four months, over 20 political party candidates of H21, supporters and volunteers have been harassed, intimidated, lost business contracts and had visits by
's "financial police". Croatia
The Adriatic Institute for Public Policy and Hrvatska 21 call for the immediate release of Aleksandar Saša Radović and encourage Western leaders from strong rule of law nations to join this effort in calling for
to uphold the rule of law and establish an independent judiciary. Croatia