ABA ROLI IJET Fellows' Investigation Leads to Successful Prosecution of Croatian Soccer Tycoon

Attorneys listen to the verdict in a courtroom at the County Court in Osijek, Croatia, Wednesday, June 6, 2017. 
Former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic has been sentenced to six and half years in prison for 
embezzlement and tax evasion. 

Mamic is accused together with tree other former officials of embezzling 15 million euros through fictitious
deals made during transfers of several former Dinamo players to foreign clubs, including
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

On Wednesday, June 6, an investigation headed by the Independent Sector for Financial Investigations (IFSI) at the Croatian Tax Administration led to a guilty verdict against Croatian football club director, Zdravko Mamic, for embezzlement and tax evasion. The ISFI leaders participated in the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative's (ABA ROLI) International Justice Sector Education and Training (IJET) Fellowship in February 2017. As part of the Croatian Tax Administration, IFSI investigates financial and tax crimes as an independent body. ABA ROLI assisted IFSI with improving cooperation among prosecutors and increasing their skills in conducting complex international investigations. ABA ROLI's IJET program is funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

To learn more ABA Rule of Law Initiative's International Justice Sector Education and Training Program, please contact rol@americanbar.org.


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