Croatia: Germany To Unravel Communist Yugoslavia Crimes Across Europe

Josip Perkovic handed over to German police at  Zagreb airport, Croatia 24 January 2013

Josip Perkovic handed over to German police at
Zagreb airport, Croatia 24 January 2014

Croatia’s former spy chief, suspected communist criminal, Josip Perkovic, has been extradited to Germany on Friday 24 January on suspicion of masterminding the murder of a Yugoslav dissident.
He was handed over to the German authorities at Zagreb airport and flown to Munich, reported Croatian TV.
A surprise development that will surely warm up the hearts of many a desolate and tortured World War II and post-WWII victim of communist crimes is now announced!

Josip Perkovic will not only be faced in Germany’s courts with the case of the murder in 1983 of Croatian émigré Stjepan Djurekovic but will also face questioning regarding all liquidations of Croatian émigrés on German territory, in which he was involved as a highly positioned communist Yugoslavia spy.  That is, he will be confronted with tape recordings (from 1970’s) of his own conversations with his colleague Josef Müller, a German national who had lived in Osijek, Croatia.

Reportedly, Josip Perkovic had in 1977 asked Josef Müller to liquidate Stjepan Bilandzic and Franjo Goreta. The tape recording has reportedly been archived by the German secret service BND as at the time of the meeting BND wired Müller to tape his conversation with Perkovic, and it is to be expected that the tape contents will finally weigh heavily against Perkovic.

Reportedly it was in 1976 when Perkovic recruited Müller into the web of widespread communist crimes and assassinations of Croatian nationals living abroad. Perkovic “bought”  Müller’s services by arranging to annul a part of Müller’s prison sentence in Srijemska Mitrovica (Serbia). However, code-named “Hamilton”, Müller kept informing the German secret police of all his meetings and dealings with Perkovicv; and the German secret police kept giving Müller instructions and provided him with logistic support in order to catch Perkovic in flagrante (in blazing offence).

Müller is deceased now but his tape recordings a alive and well, in BND’s hands. Stjepan Bilandzic is alive today, he lives in Zagreb, his life was saved by the intervention of the German secret police BND.

So, Perkovic will most likely need to answer for the attempted murder of Bilandzic, as well as involvement in Djurekovic’s murder.  Indications are that his murder-in-mind spree, or the murderous spree of the Yugoslav communist regime will not stop at these two cases when Perkovic faces German courts. He will most likely be called upon to answer questions and allegations with regards to another nine liquidations and four kidnappings of Croatian émigrés in Germany while he was at the helm of UDBA (Yugoslav secret police).
There have been several attempts in Croatia over the past two decades to have Perkovic face prosecution for the liquidations of Croatian émigrés, and for some other criminal offences, but they all finished in enormous fiascoes. That is to say, he, a former UDBA agent had powerful protectors from the ex-communist networks that still exist, regretfully. His cases would get shoved under the carpet as “military secrets” and, thus, he managed to evade prosecution; never having to face either clearing his name or wearing punishment under a criminal conviction.

Perkovic is now in the hands of German courts and vessels justice. Indeed, these communist crimes are now in their hands, which provides a breath of fresh air, evidently away from communist interference, and hope for justice for victims has thus been injected with humanity.

As I write this I am very mindful that Zdravko Mustac, also a chief of Yugoslav communist secret police UDBA and liquidators of Croatian émigrés across Europe is still at large, enjoying his freedom in Zagreb, after the district court in Velika Gorica had ruled that he is not to be extradited to Germany.  But, there is hope for this to be corrected as justice commands. If Croatia’s Supreme court allows the appeal filed by Giselle Djurekovic (the widow of murdered Stjepan Djurekovic) against the Velika Gorica court ruling in Mustac’s extradition case then we can “sit sweet”: the Supreme court is likely rule the same as it did in Perkovic case – for extradition to Germany. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)


  1. At German Airport.

  2. This man no one would need to pose as Croatian intelligence. He is a member of the former Yugoslav intelligence-UDB, which had a similar mode as the former Securitate in Romania or the former East German intelligence or Communist Soviet KGB. He was acting under orders of the former communist Yugoslav government killed or had killed Croatian political dissidents who are in Europe and the world advocating for a free and independent Reapubliku Croatia, which was under the communist boot.

    • Yes Zeljko, many acted under orders and committed terrible crimes and they did it because they wanted to and they wanted the power over people. As such they deserve no mercy, only justice.

  3. It was good to hear about these words also: “We have to respect the independent judiciary, and that’s it.” This is a hopeful moment.

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  5. therealamericro says:

    Perkovic is toast.

    My prediction was and remains they will give him amnesty to spill the beans on the rest of the rats – pre-1990 and then their post-1990 infiltrations / illegal privatizations.

    The UDBa octopus is about to be grilled ; – )


    • About time, therealamericro!

    • He is a needle in a hay stack, where are the hundreds of others who are still receiving Yugo pensions but are responsible for the obliteration of Croatia’s future? Generations slaughtered in the name of Tito and Yugoslavia post 1945. And isn’t it interesting that it took this long and it took Germany, ANOTHER country, to get involved before Croatia got it’s act together. There are way too many people in Cro who lament the loss of Yuga and miss the ‘good ol days’, and not just in the government, unfortunately.

  6. Do you know if Josef Muller was related to Huerta Muller, the Nobel Prize winner for Literature? I doing a post on her this Monday.

    • Oh Carol I am not sure, difficult to get detailed family and extended history. Huerta is said to belong by birth to the wider Banat region albeit of Romanian inclination, the area is not far from Osijek where Josef Muller ended up living during seventies; after WWII most German nationals whose families had lived for centuries across territories of former Yugoslavia had been expelled from Yugoslavia or killed by the communist regime just because they were of German blood…Some had returned later to live in Yugoslavia… Josef Muller had reportedly returned to live in Osijek area, which is near the Banat spread … Josef Muller was a merchant, he was arrested in 1973 by Yugoslav authorities and convicted to two years of prison for having been caught with 2 kg of gold in Zadar (Dalmatian city in Croatia) … look forward to your post on Huerta, though.

  7. Ina, catching up on the news here. The photo with the red circle above is tagged with the date January 24, 2013. Is it supposed to be 2014? Thank you for posting this.

    I actually came to give you good tidings. I have awarded you the Sunshine Award. Please feel free to accept and play; accept and do not play; just know I was thinking of you.

    I apologize for inserting here. I could not find your email or place to leave something like this.

    Best ~ HuntMode

    • Thank you Hunt for the correction – you can tell I’m not fully into 2014 – have corrected the mistake 😀 As to the Award, I am honoured and grateful. Thank you very much

      • It’s always tricky to land and point out something that might have been a touch of the fingers. I haven’t accepted 2014 yet either. 🙂 Your dedication to keeping us informed of events is worthy of highlighting! Thank you, Ina.

      • Thank you, Hunt

  8. I am cautiously optimistic about the Perkovic extradition; hopefully justice will be served and he will pay for his crimes. It is however a sad commentary on the state of Croatia as an independent and democratic country in 2014.The will of the people in 1990 to secede from Yugoslavia and to establish an independent, democratic state and the resulting 5 year war that was fought to attain that independence was of seminal importance as a sign to the world that our nation was locked on a new course. However, we have seen over the last twenty plus years the slow degradation of that dream and of that course .Broken electoral promises, widescale corruptions, questionable privatatizations, retention of ‘former’ communist apparatchiks and their reintegration into successive democratic governments has caused the will and confidence of the people to erode. Hoodwinked by those who swore to serve them – the governments’ inability/unwillingness to really strive and achieve the noble goals and dreams of the ’90’s has caused a complacency that is reflected in how many people turn out to vote and whom they vote for. The last elections resulted in SDP (former Communists) winning a majority-a clear sign to HDZ that the people were fed up with their mismanagement and track record! The reality is that, unfortunately, it is a FOREIGN government, in this case German, that is fighting for justice for a murdered Croatian national and “OUR” governments since the 1990’s have been harboring the accused and blocking his extradition until today! If it takes a foreign govt. to initiate justice for another country’s citizens than what kind of justice could those who were killed and buried in various mass graves throughout the length and breadth of Croatia expect to receive from their own government? NONE, as is evidenced!

    • That is as it stands now and has stood for some time, Velebit, you are right. However, the future belongs to a new generation of thought or at least determination of the kind that will see putting democratic and fair Croatia first, protectionism out. Which side will tip the scales will depend on strength, for to fight against establishments is not an easy task at all and hope needs to thrive.

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  13. Wonderful account.


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  2. […] Djurekovic was shot and beaten on July 28, 1983, in a garage in Wolfratshausen, near Munich. Both, Perkovic and Mustac, refused to testify on the charges against them as their trial opened and the Prosecutors allege […]

  3. […] After Croatia’s courts had in 2014 ruled that Perkovic and Mustac could be extradited to Germany, extradition soon followed and the former head of Yugoslavia’s secret service, Zdravko Mustac, and a one-time subordinate, […]

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