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Croatia’s President on Hooligans arrests: It’s Greece’s revenge

“If the Greek authorities were able to detain all 100 through some kind of “artificial detention”, this would contain elements of revenge or attribution of collective responsibility,” Croatian president Zoran Milanovic said with regards the detention of dozens of Croatian hooligans so far, involved in attacks outside the AEK stadium beginning of the week.

As he pointed out, according to dnevnik.hr, “Police have the right to detain them for five days. That period is now running out and if they are all detained, 100 people, regardless of why they came down – they went to fight and I can’t support that – it’s a strange behavior. But citizens have their rights. The circumstances of the murder have not been clarified,” Milanovic told local media dnevnik.hr.

“If the Greek authorities were able to detain all 100 through some kind of ‘artificial detention’, this would contain elements of revenge or attribution of collective responsibility. I expect that very soon, and that means within the five days stipulated by law, those responsible will be held accountable.”

“Even the circumstances of this man’s death [ie the 29-year-old AEK fan Michalis Katsouris] are not clear,” Milanovic stressed.

The Croatian president also commented on the open letter sent to the media by the Croatian parents, asking for the release of their children. He has been informed about the letter, but he stressed that the parents should not get involved. Those arrested, he added, “are adults, their parents did not send them there. They went it alone and some will be held accountable for it. But having 100 people in custody…”.

“Now most (of the fans) must be released. If they detain them all, it’s de facto martial law, you can’t detain them all,” he noted.

Athens responded to Milanovic accusations via “government sources” who said  on Sunday that “Justice in Greece is independent.”

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4 comments

  1. Unfortunately, he’s correct, they shouldn’t detain all of the 100, it should be who is responsible. If that can’t be determined they should be released until enough evidence is established. We can’t just detain groups because of a few bad apples.

  2. Zero tolerance for any hooliganism, especially when murder is involved.Im sure there is no remorse.
    Vice versa,how would it have been dealt with,hmm!!!

  3. well, thank the constitution, justice is indeed independent in greece.
    i doubt these 100 hooligans have been picked up for detention randomly.
    declared nazis, armed, slogans subsequently, they had been signalled to greek authorities before they even got to greece, but greek police did nothing to prevent them from reaching nea philadelphia.
    so, they were most likely all carrying forbidden stuff and acting violently, i suppose a reason valid enough to have them detained.
    the murder of michalis katsouris is another matter.
    “a few bad apples” within a group of organised fascists seems an oxymoron to me.

  4. Athens responded to Milanovic accusations via “government sources” who said on Sunday that “Justice in Greece is independent.”

    Wouuu so when Albania arrest an ethnic Greek politician no one in Greek gov. awaited for the trial but asked immediate release of him, and when the Albanian gov said the same thing that Albanian justice is independent, we have to let them do their job still was igored…