Wednesday, 13 November, 2019

Luka Modric accused of perjury in Dinamo corruption case

Modric faces five years in prison if found guilty of perjury Modric faces five years in prison if found guilty of perjury
Patty Aguilar | 02 March, 2018, 20:50

Zoran Mamic, the Executive Director of Croatian Football Federation Damir Vrbanovic and the Tax Office employee Milan Pernar were charged for illegal withdrawal of approximately 19 millions U.S. dollars from GNK Dinamo Zagreb and for two millions U.S. dollars of unpaid taxes.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric was charged today with giving false testimony at the corruption trial of Dinamo Zagreb's powerful former chief Zdravko Mamic, prosecutors said.

The 32-year-old midfielder was charged with "committing the criminal offence of giving false testimony" last June during a trial against Zdravko Mamic and three others before a local tribunal, a prosecutors' statement said.

While prosecutors did not name Modric-a "Croatian citizen born in 1985" is referenced-in their statement, he has been named in local media reports.

As noted by BBC, authorities have accused Modric of lying about details of his transfer from Zagreb to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007. Prosecutors were surprised previous year when Modric testified that he had signed an annex in his Dinamo Zagreb contract guaranteeing this while he was still playing in Croatia.

Modric in provided his testimony in court last year
Modric in provided his testimony in court last year

Mamic is accused - along with brother Zoran - of costing the former Croatia champions around £13.4m. "I agreed this with Mr Mamic", Modric said during his testimony at the trial.

Judicial authorities are still investing financial holdings belonging to the player in the Isle of Man, on which Modric refused to comment in court.

If convicted, Modric would face a jail term of between six months and five years.

Modric, who grew up as a refugee in Zadar on the Dalmatian coast, was highly popular in Croatia where he has a reputation for modesty, however the testimony has tarnished his image.

Modric's testimony a year ago in Croatia prompted an immediate public backlash, in a country where the Mamic family are increasingly unpopular among football fans. Though Davor Suker now heads Croatia's FA, many in the country believe Mamic continues to pull the strings.

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