The Constitutaional Court has rejected a complaint by wartime assistant interior minister Tomislav Mercep who in 2016 was convicted of war crimes committed at the start of the war in Croatia in the early 1990s.

Zagreb County Court in May 2016 sentenced Mercep to five and a half years for failing, in his capacity as a police unit commander, to prevent members of his unit from killing Serb civilians. In February 2017, the Supreme Court increased the prison term to seven years.

Mercep’s attorney asked the Counstitutional Court to quash both sentences and order a new trial at Zagreb County Court, noting that his client’s constitutional right to a fair trial and presumption of innocence had been violated and complaining of the poor quality of treatment his client received in the prison hospital.” (total-croatia-news)