SIPA Officers Arrest Mamić

Bosnian state police arrested former Dinamo Zagreb football club boss, recently convicted of embezzlement and tax evasion, Bosnian media reported on Thursday.

Zdravko Mamić was reportedly arrested by the State Investigation and Protection Agency officers in the area of Međugorje, southern Bosnia, where he arrived a day before a Croatian court delivered a prison sentence for him and his brother, a former Dinamo coach.

An extradition judge at the state court in Sarajevo will decide whether Mamić will be extradited to Croatia, which issued an international arrest warrant on him.

Mamić was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for embezzlement and tax evasion over deals that included the sale of Croatia football stars Luka Modrić and Dejan Lovren. He was not in court in Osijek, eastern Croatia when judges read the verdict and sentence. Mamić left for neighboring Bosnia a day ahead of the court session and described the verdict as “shameful.” He has Croatian and Bosnian citizenship. Bosnia doesn’t extradite its nationals brought on charges in other countries, but there is an agreement with Croatia on extradition in some cases.

Mamić has been an influential and often outspoken figure in Croatian football and politics. He was accused with three other former officials of embezzling €15 million through fictitious deals made during transfers of several former Dinamo players to foreign clubs, including Real Madrid midfielder Modrić and Liverpool defender Lovren.

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