Croatian Police arrested ex Interior Minister, Josip Boljkovac, Wednesday (2/11/2011), and accused the 90 years old man has ordered execution of 21 prisoners in the end of World War II.
Boljkovac interception is the first action to ex-senior officer of communist regime of 1945-1990 since Croatia declared their freedom from socialist federation Yugoslavia which has broken up. The Police spokesman, Krunoslav Borovec assured the interception.
Conservative parties and right wing accepted the Boljkovac interception which was done by special police using “balaclavas”, and said that all war crime should be investigated. Liberal parties and left wing put the action aside as maneuver of conservative HDZ party which ruled and hit by corruption scandal to attract right wing voters to give their voting rights to the party at the next December 4th General Election.
“It was just maneuver to raise their rating. In 1990, all members of HDZ stood and silent in front of Boljkovac without any word about his past,” said Damir Kajin, leader of a small party which is part from mid-left coalition which predicted to get victory in the next December election.
Boljkovac who denied the accusation is the close colleague of first President of Croatia, Franjo Tudjman, and also his first Interior Minister. On 1945, he led local branch of OZNA, Security Agency at Communist Era.
Police said, Boljkovac at 1945 had ordered capture and execution of 21 civilian who considered having collaboration with Ustasha Coratia Regime which was pro-Nazi. Not similar as other communist countries in East Europe, Croatia never did big scale investigation to possibility of violation done by leaders on Communist era.