Review Hari Stefanatos
The city of Split county court has decided to acquit all those accused on the Brodosplit shipyard money laundering case.
According to judge Zoran Kezic “based on the facts presented, a large number of documents examined and about 50 witnesses heard, it has not been proved that the accused committed the crime they are charged with”.
The 8 suspects had been accused of defrauding Brodosplit of $4.7mln and laundering that money. The scandal broke out after a warning from Austria in 2006 for money laundering at Brodosplit, while the trial started in 2012.
Drago Macek, who in 2005 and 2006 represented the German company Wessels which commissioned four tankers; Goran Vukasovic, who served as chief executive officer of Brodosplit at the time; and Ante Luetic, the shipyard’s sales executive, were charged with abuse of position and authority.
The three of them and five others were also charged with money laundering.