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July 3,2015
POLICY INVESTIGATION
Mamic brothers under investigation for tax evasion

 Mamic brothers

The executive director of the Zagreb-based Dinamo soccer club, Zdravko Mamic (R), and club coach Zoran Mamic (L) are under investigation by the Croatian Serious Fraud Office (USKOK) for tax evasion, according to a press release issued by USKOK on Thursday.

Although USKOK did not reveal the identity of the suspects, the Dinamo club confirmed that law enforcement officers were currently conducting an investigation against the Mamic brothers.

Dinamo said on its web site that "the entire Croatian public is well aware that supervision and auditing of our work have been conducted for years" and the club believes that the latest charges were groundless.

USKOK has stated that it is investigating alleged graft, tax evasion and other murky dealings in connection with unlawful activities by responsible officials in the Dinamo club and in the tax administration.

Jadranka Slokovic, a lawyer for Zdravko Mamic, told the press outside his house that he, his brother Zoran and Dinamo players were currently in Slovenia, and that the Mamic brothers would soon return to Croatia. She declined to comment on the charges.

Later on Thursday, the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) stated that the USKOK officers had searched the HNS headquarters in Zagreb, as part of the ongoing probe against the Mamics, and that the federation's executive director, Damir Vrbanovic, was a person of interest, apart from Zdravko Mamic, who is the HNS first vice-president.

Zdravko Mamic held a news conference in the Slovenian resort of Moravske Toplice where he dismissed the accusations as "an absolute lie".

Mamic insists that there are attempts to frame him and that those attempts are orchestrated by the current political leadership, including Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, against "right-wing patriots".

Asked by the press whether the investigation also tackled kickbacks he allegedly had taken from the transfer of Croatian player Luka Modric, Mamic said that neither he nor any member of his family had ever taken a penny in kickbacks.

On 22 January 2014, Dinamo's flamboyant executive director was fined HRK 128,310 for hurling invectives and insults at lawyer Ivica Crnic, and the ruling was handed down by the Zagreb municipal court. The court ruled that Mamic, known for his abusive verbal outbursts, should pay the fine in the amount of 350 daily wages, totalling HRK 128,310 (approximately 16,800 euros).

Crnic said that he was dissatisfied with the amount of the fine, explaining that the court failed to take into account the value of the indictee's real estate, apart from his income. The lawyer also raised the question why FIFA, the international governing body of national football associations, as well as Croatia's soccer federation HNS and Dinamo had never responded to Mamic's abusive outbursts.

The Dinamo boss has been already fined for similar offences by Croatian courts.

On 19 January 2014, the Zagreb Municipal Civil Court declared null and void contracts signed by Dinamo boss Zdravko Mamic and his son Mario ensuring them the right to one-fourth of the life-long net income of football player Eduardo Da Silva.

Judge Jasenka Juric Sojat accepted Da Silva's argument that the contracts and their annexes as well as the documents authenticated by public notaries he had signed with Zdravko Mamic in the period from 2001 to 2007, and the transfer of those contracts to Mario Mamic, were contrary to rules of the international football federation FIFA, which say that a football player cannot sign a contract with one agent for the duration of their entire career but for a period of four years at the most.

The judge described as usurious the part of the contract under which Zdravko Mamic and Da Silva's former manager Helio Augusto each had the right to 25% of income from marketing, salaries, rewards, premiums and other incomes Da Silva was to receive until the end of his career.

She refused the argument by Mamics' attorneys that these were civil contracts which the parties entered into of their own free will, noting that Da Silva arrived in Croatia at the age of 16 and that he signed his first two contracts when he was 18.

"One should take into account the fact that as a young man with a poor knowledge of Croatian and without Croatian citizenship, Da Silva was illiterate in terms of law," the judge said.

She also said that at the time when the contracts were signed, Mamic was an official at Dinamo, which was why he should not have represented Da Silva.

The court ordered the Mamics to pay Da Silva's litigation costs in the amount of 182,000 kuna.

Da Silva and Zdravko Mamic signed the first contract in 2001, renewing it after three years, but after his transfer to Arsenal, Da Silva stopped honouring the contract and Mamic sued him.

Da Silva lost the case, but appealed and filed a counter-suit to prove that the contract was usurious and contrary to FIFA regulations. (by:dalje.com/hic)

 




 


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