Anatomy of Injustice – Australian Croatian Six Case Up For Judicial Inquiry 40 Years On

The Croatian Six 1979 mugshots Photo: ABC TV Four Corners

In 1981 six Australian Croatian men (Max Bebic, Vic Brajkovic, Joseph and Ilija Kokotovic, Mile Nekic, and Tony Zvirotic) were convicted of terrorism related activities on clearly largely dubious evidence and sent to prison on a 15-year sentence each for acts of terrorism in Sydney. They have always maintained their innocence. This case has for many years been dubbed as a case of the greatest miscarriage of justice in the history of Australia. That label of miscarriage of justice did not originate from Australian Croatians, who had many reasons to be angry and bitter as this guilty verdict came at the time when the communist Yugoslavia machinery stopped at nothing when it came to destroying the Croatian name and Croatian people who in war (WWII) and in peace (post-WWII) stood for a free and independent Croatia – it came from others including members of Australia’s legal profession.  

It took a Serbian imposter in Australia working for the communist Yugoslavia agenda, it took an Australian/NSW police “squad” that evidently assisted that imposter’s agenda to build a damming case against the Croatian Six, and it took a Supreme Court of NSW judge, Justice Victor Maxwell’s, among other possible failings in the case, his apparent and total belief in that the NSW Police could do no wrong as well as failing to reveal to the jury that one of the presented confessions by one of the Croatian Six was unsafe (as it was unsigned) to send six Croatian men to ruin and push the reputation of the Australian Croatian community deeper into darkness of being considered “nationalist extremists and terrorists” and despair thus executing a mighty favour for the oppressive communist Yugoslavia. Judge Maxwell also refused leave for the Croatian Six defence to summon police who had arrested a seventh Croatian that night in February 1979 when the Six were arrested and who was subsequently released by a Magistrate. “In his summing up, Justice Maxwell told the jury it was a matter of whether to believe thirty-nine police officers or the six defendants, and a question of who had the motive to lie. The fact that he had suppressed two examples of police giving false evidence didn’t seem to bother him. It was, he said, ‘black and white,’” (Hamish McDonald article “Held Captive By Cold War Politics”, 5 March 2021)

On 15 February 2021, human rights and criminal law barrister Sebastian De Brennan and solicitor Helen Cook, with opinion from David Buchanan SC launched an appeal, filed for a judicial inquiry in the Supreme Court of NSW on behalf of the Croatian Six case based on new evidence disclosed in the relatively recent release of secret ASIO documents (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation),  in the recently published Official History of ASIO (John Blaxland and Rhys Crawley, 2016) and in Hamish McDonald’s book “Reasonable Doubt: Spies, Police and the Croatian Six” (2019) where the facts, after extensive and thorough research, are set out.

 If successful, the guilty verdict for the Croatian Six could be overturned, more than 40 years after that terrible fact.

Launch of Hamish McDonald book 2019 Sydney (L) Hamish McDonald, (R) Marko Franovic Photo: Ina Vukic

At the end of WWII Croatia’s hopes for independence from Yugoslavia were crushed and mass murders, mass communist Yugoslavia crimes against Croatian patriots followed, filling the so far discovered 1,700 mass graves of innocent people (at least 1,000 of them are now unearthed in Croatia) with mutilated, murdered, now decomposed human remains. This horror and oppression triggered a surge in Croatians fleeing communist Yugoslavia and settling in the United States, Canada, various South American countries, Australia and others.  All the Croatians who settled in these countries were proud of their heritage and they continued their struggle for the freedom of Croatia in many ways. They established with their own work and funds and fortified many Croatian community clubs and Croatian Catholic Centres everywhere, Australia was no exception; indeed, it could be said Croatians in Australia were leading in these efforts to maintain traditions, culture and zest for independence of Croatia for all the decades that followed.

It is understandable that some Yugoslav migrants of Croatian origin should continue to hope for the establishment of an independent Croatia and within a democracy like Australia they have a right to advocate their views so long as they do so by legitimate means,” Sir Robert Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia 27 August 1964. (Source: Australia, House of Representatives, Parliamentary Debates, No.HR.35, 1964, 679.)

2019 Sydney – Launch of Hamish McDonald’s Book (L) Hamish McDonald, (C) Ina Vukic, (R) Branko Miletic Photo: Ina Vukic

Throughout the stormy and turbulent 1970’s random criminal acts ending in injury and destruction often occurred in Australia. Often the finger was pointed at Croatian patriots as being involved even though their protests against communist Yugoslavia had never escalated into violence; that is a historical fact. As such an unpleasant (to say it mildly) reputation of Australian Croatians built on lies fabricated by communist Yugoslavia Secret Service UDBa grew bigger, things got alarmingly serious against Croatians when in 1979 a man named Vico Virkez walked into the Lithgow Police Station and gave the police a surprise tip-off that would lead to one of the longest criminal trials in Australia’s criminal history. Virkez was passing himself off in Lithgow as a Croatian migrant and worked at the local power station when he made a surprise confession at the Lithgow Police Station that he and his fellow members of his Croatian community were plotting a series of terrorist attacks in Sydney.

Vitomir Misimovic a.k.a. Vico Virkez, 1991 Photo: ABC TV Four Corners

So in February 1979, NSW Police announced that a group of Croatians had been arrested in Lithgow and Sydney just before planting gelignite time-bombs in targets identified with the Yugoslav regime – including the 1600-seat Elizabethan Theatre in Newtown, where entertainers from Yugoslavia were about to perform.

The police swoop at the time was drummed up as an ideal and right mix of force and intelligence to grab terrorists and their explosives just in time – to save Australians! Raids on Virkez and his alleged accomplices in Lithgow and Sydney followed quickly and mercilessly.

Many questions were left unanswered despite the 1981 Supreme Court verdict. The Croatian informer Virkez who was the prosecution’s linchpin disappeared soon after he received a two-year sentence and while the trial against the Six was still afoot, on its tail end. In 1990 the Croatian Six were released from prison on the ground of good behaviour, having spent ten years in prison. In prison they had reportedly endured severe beatings, isolation and mental torture.

Sydney 2019 at the launch of Hamish McDonald book (L) Chris Masters, (R) Ina Vukic

In 1991 the ABC TV Four Corners’ award-winning investigative journalist Chris Masters, went looking for Virkez and found him in the then Yugoslavia, in a village in Bosnia Herzegvina, discovering that he was a Serb, Vitomir Misimovic, who masqueraded in Australia as a Croatian nationalist having infiltrated the Australian Croatian Community as an operative of Communist Yugoslavia Secret Service (UDBa) whose main goal at the time was to destroy in any which way the Croatians abroad who were pursuing the idea of freedom for Croatia from communist Yugoslavia.

In the ABC TV Four Corners program on the Croatian Six in 1991 Chris Masters among other things said “…Tonight, the spy who came in from the cold… he disappeared from Australia 11 years ago after exposing a major terrorist plot. When Four Corners tracked him down, he confessed to perjury that cost six men a total of 50 years in prison… The man who used to be known as Vico Virkez was found in a farmyard in a very Serbian corner of Yugoslavia. This Balkan James Bond turned out to be a modest pig farmer with an immodest imagination…” Chris Masters said about the interview with Virkez:  “It was a long conversation, Virkez has not spoken English for some time but one thing he made clear as he had made clear in a letter to Malcolm Fraser (Prime Minister of Australia) before the trial was that the evidence in his three statements was not his own.” Masters asked Virkez: “In the court was the evidence you gave all of the truth?”  “No,“ Virkez replied. Masters: “Were you given any instructions by police about what to say?”. “I was told what I have to say there,” Virkez replied. “Did they make you tell lies?” Masters asked. “I did that because they say this is all true I didn’t know if it was true or not,” Virkez replied.   

In court, in the case against the Croatian Six, Virkez had evidently kept to a script written by police. None of the six were guilty of the bombing conspiracy yet they served long prison sentences for it.

Three years after the Chris Masters Four Corners broadcast, NSW attorney-general John Hannaford decided against a review of the Croatian Six case reportedly on advice of two senior state government lawyers, Keith Mason and Rod Howie — advice still not public because of claimed legal privilege.

In 1990’s the secrets that Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser’s adviser Ian Cunliffe discovered began to leak but it was not until 2007 that these secrets revealed had taken the Australian investigative journalist and author, Hamish McDonald, on a quest for justice for Croatian Six.

In 2007, in the case of the killing of five Australian television newsmen at Balibo, in Portuguese Timor, in 1975, Hamish McDonald “spent two months in the old coroner’s court on Sydney’s Parramatta Road listening to former officials, signals intelligence operatives, Timorese civil war veterans and even former prime minister Gough Whitlam testify to what they knew. One witness was Ian Cunliffe, a former federal government lawyer who’d served on Justice Robert Hope’s late-1970s royal commission into the intelligence services. He had seen an Indonesian signals intercept concerning the Balibo deaths that he felt had been covered up.

Asked by his lawyer if he knew of other instances of intelligence being withheld from the government, Cunliffe instanced ‘a criminal trial in Sydney involving six defendants.’ Canberra officials had agreed to keep material from the prime minister, he said, and had been willing to make intelligence material disappear if it was subpoenaed by defence lawyers.

During the court’s morning tea break, I asked Cunliffe which case he was referring to. ‘The Croatian Six,’ he replied cryptically,writes Hamish McDonald.

Framed – the untold story about the Croatian Six, by Hamish McDonald 2012 was Sydney Morning Herald’s first ebook, investigates the fate of six men jailed for up to a decade over plans to blow up a Sydney theatre in 1979 as part of a Croat terrorist plot.

Hamish McDonald spent months tracking down the surviving members of the Croatian six, the police and others involved in the case. His findings strengthen suspicions that these convictions are, as one former senior Australian official puts it, “a grave injustice”.  

McDonald also investigates the role in the case of the Yugoslav state security service, which used Australian police and intelligence services as tools to blacken the reputation of Croatian-Australians as extremists.

According to McDonald, vital evidence in proving the innocence of the Croatian Six and Indonesian culpability in the murder of the Balibo Five was suppressed by the Australian federal government on the grounds of “national security.”

In January 2018… I went to Canberra and found myself reading through two files on Virkez. They showed that he had been working with a UDBa handler in the Sydney consulate for six months before the arrests, speaking by telephone and meeting in Sydney, in all cases monitored by ASIO.

After the arrests (of Croatian Six), ASIO quickly concluded Virkez was the man working with the UDBa officer and circulated this information around state police forces through an intelligence channel. The reaction at NSW police headquarters was dismay. Assistant commissioner Roy Whitelaw contacted ASIO to say that if the men’s defence team became aware of this information, ‘it could blow a hole right through the police case.’

ASIO was initially inclined to let the NSW police reveal the information about Virkez as long as the source and wire-tapping involved were not revealed. It appears that Whitelaw opted not to pass it on, certainly not as far as crown prosecutor Shillington. With the court case set, ASIO then opted to throw a blanket around the evidence, persuading federal attorney-general Peter Durack to strenuously oppose the defence subpoenas during the trial and appeal.

Under its chief at the time, Harvey Barnett, ASIO tried to tone down its assessment of Virkez from ‘agent’ to mere ‘informant.’ Barnett wrote in the file that this reduced the likelihood of ASIO’s being accused of having been party to a miscarriage of justice. The Hawke government’s attorneys-general, Gareth Evans and Lionel Bowen, then signed off on moves to prevent Ian Cunliffe, by then secretary of the Australian Law Reform Commission, from raising his misgivings regarding the suppression of evidence about Virkez,” McDonald wrote in his March 5, 2021 article.

This cover-up was detailed in his book on the affair, Reasonable Doubt: Spies, Police and the Croatian Six, which was published in 2019.

2010 Australian White Paper on Counter-Terrorism Photo: page screenshot

What is also telling of a cover-up and miscarriage of justice for the Croatian Six is that when in 2010, Kevin Rudd’s Australian Federal Government released its White Paper on counter-terrorism (PDF here), it was curiously surprising to discover that it omitted to mention from its list of terrorist attacks and major foiled attempts in Australia over the past 40 years the acts that the Croatian Six spent a total of 50 years in prison for! Australia’s White Paper on Counter-terrorism omitted to list that NSW police were said to have stopped the imminent bombing of Sydney’s Elizabethan Theatre during an event attended by up to 1600 people, the bombing of several city businesses and the cutting of Sydney’s water supply!

This government White Paper explains the nature of the terrorist threat to Australia within Australia’s broader national security context, sets out the Australian Government’s strategy for countering terrorism, and details the policy settings by which the Government will implement its counter-terrorism strategy. Since it did not mention the Croatian Six, since it did not boast how its counter-terrorist operations stopped that large terrorist act no terrorism was attempted by the Croatian Six nor committed. One may indeed hope, then, that the current judicial inquest/appeal against the 1981 conviction of Croatian Six will find the same as the 2010 Australian White Paper on Counter-Terrorism and their convictions – quashed. Ina Vukic

UDBa and ORJUNA Are Destroying General Glasnovic

“It is better to die standing, than live on your knees”

 

Article by URBANI DESNIČAR

Translated by INA VUKIC

Let’s start with a fist to the head, and then we will return to the text later. Namely, a GREAT FRAUD, rigging, is being prepared by MOST’s orjunas (ORJUN= Organisation of Yugoslav Nationalists) and Dragan Covic’s udbas (UDBa=Yugoslav Secret Police). Their aim? To prevent General Zeljko Glasnovic from becoming a representative for the Diaspora in the Croatian Parliament. A group of young partisans, called Ćuprija, has nominated comrade Milovic to run as candidate for the 11th Electorate.  What does this have to do with the psychiatrist and the team (Psychiatrist = Bozo Petrov, leader of MOST party)? Nothing. But all this is well thought out in the the Yugoslav Covic’s workshop, with anaemic Tito’s obligatory blessing.

Who is this Milovic? Witnesses say that even Sejdo Komšić is an Ustasha for him. Little Tvrtko is a suitable Sarajevo SERB, whose grandfather Bogoljub (from the vicinity of Nevesinje) was a member of “General Draza’s (Mihailovic) guard”. After the war, he took off his cockade, put on a five-pointed star and became a high-ranking (communist) party official. Chameleon Milović was hired by his friend Čova on his portal Dnevnik.ba to glorify his character and work. Why did Uncle Tvrtko suddenly decide to be a “Croat”? Because for some, it has become a lucrative occupation. After the UDBA lost the exclusive right to represent almost 4 million Croats in the diaspora (General Glasnovic saw to this) in the last elections, they are now threatened with losing all 3 seats. And the worshipers of the lame must not allow that.

Since they do not compare with nor can they be measured at all by the quality of candidates on the “General Glasnovic’s Independent List”, their only way to somehow get into Parliament is FRAUD! First, they (unsuccessfully) tried to discredit Mrs. Ina Vukić, and now they are targeting our General. The only living LEGEND on the Croatian political scene. Not to go on and on. Don’t fall for UDBA provocations and think for yourself. “General Glasnović’s Independent List” is the only guarantee that BiH Croats and the Diaspora will have their 3 authentic representatives in Parliament for the first time. These candidates will really fight for their rights this time, not just keep quiet and turn up to pick up the paycheque. FULL STOP.

“Here’s the dawn, here’s the day, here’s Plenki and his bosom friend Bere …” The TV debate between the leaders of the two largest parties “from this area” was so important that I didn’t even watch it. Why? I had to take the rubbish out and paint my wife’s toenails. Joking aside; what’s the point of watching and listening to two assholes, lying to themselves and us? Secondly, what if anything is the purpose of such nonsense? So that the communists’ opinion doesn’t change the last minute and they vote for the “rigid right-wingers” from the HDZ? Or vice versa? Totally a show of missed opportunity and an unnecessary show. It would be better if had they broadcasted “Chapel bonfires” so that we can watch Prsan cursing the Germans’ mother.

What makes people betray their loved ones ideals? After Zdravka Bušić, who spat on everything her brother Zvonko, a TRUE CROATIAN HERO, fought for, the daughter of the First Croatian President, Dr. Tudjman spoke. “Plenković is following in the footsteps of my father Franjo!?”, said Nevenka. This should have been sent immediately for alcohol and drug testing. If the results were negative, she should have been urgently referred to Vrapče for observation (Vrapce=Psychiatric hospital in Zabreb). Because it is not possible that the majority of the nation is blind and does not see Plenki’s “successes”? Apart from the material and spiritual destruction of Croatia there are really no positive things to be seen. But we haven’t crushed ourselves with cleverness, either.  We chose Stjepan Mesic (twice), Squid (Ivo Josipovic) and Frenzied (Zoran Milanovic). Yesterday, comrade Ivo demanded the return of “the Bloody locksmith’s city squares” (bloody locksmith = Josip Broz Tito) in Zagreb? What the fuck is he … to demand something? I also demand that Red Rijeka change its name to Pavelic’s. What do we do now?

Mainly, I can see from the headlines that BiH Croats have again become a sought-after commodity. Even those two who stayed in Sarajevo. Comrade Bero, unprovoked, also mentioned the “third” (entity). Our mothers grieve because of such Delilahs. And the mothers of those who trust them are ever sadder. Well, out of 151 MPs, there will be a lot more old faces than new ones. Pupi (Milorad Pupovac) is the only one safe for now. He has been sitting in Parliament for so long that he now represents BLM, sorry Serbs, and he has become part of the furniture. So, when the cleaners wipe the benches, they remove some cobweb from the “beautiful” Milorad with a little “powder” as well. Our Pupi is tricky, fu..ed by duck Daca. If asked, I would clone General Glasnovic in 150 copies. And I would leave one MP. Mr. Stazic. Purely out of a joke, to make him uneasy.

It is noticeable that YUGO TV companies (and they are all like that) do not differentiate between candidates and treat them all equally. But in penises. Thus, the guest of Dnevnik was the “smart” Puljak, for whom, as a rule, women, children and dogs vote (if he promises them a bone). This still belongs in comedy but could become a tragedy in a couple of years. It should be borne in mind that this strange beakman and his wife are publicly funded by the “Open Society” of Soros George. So, nothing is ruled out. Not even that the big-nosed boy may one day become President. Ah, the Frenzied! He is our best example that we are living in a wonderland.

And for all those who lean to the right, the only space for promotion is FB and Twitter. Of course, only if the “reputable” Faktograf allows them to do so? When we add to this the fact that the “independent” Apis is counting the votes, there is no need to doubt the regularity of the elections. But it doesn’t matter. Let us be alive and healthy and everything else can stuff itself. Because Grunf concluded long ago, “If you want to win, you can’t lose.”

If you’ve had problems with blockages, deletion of profiles and postings on FB, get ready for much worse things. Namely, about a hundred large companies withdrew their ads from FB, due to “hate speech”. But watch this now, OURS and not theirs!? Translated into Croatian, so far, we have been able to freely express our views, and in the future, they will punish us!?  I cross myself with both the left and the right hand. What to do? We can freely share recipes and pictures of our pets. And let’s forget about politics. Unless you have Tito’s picture on your profile. This is a time of absurdity, injustice and minority terror over the silent majority. For the average, normal people, in this “advanced”, technocratic and censored world of theirs, there is no more room.

Every realistic and reasonable person is aware that we cannot expect a miracle in this election. The maximum we can get is the entry of several exceptionally high-quality people and patriots into the Parliament. But, that is something, also. Because change doesn’t come overnight. Our basic problem is lack of time. Because some things (like the election law) MUST change as soon as possible. Not today, not tomorrow – but yesterday. And then again we come to the famous 2/3 majority, which unfortunately we can only dream of.

Alternative? Referendum. I have already written about this but I am intentionally repeating it, because it is extremely IMPORTANT. We know in advance that they will rob us, but we have no other (legal) means left. This time let’s not target the number needed, because they will make fools of us again. If they say they need 400,000 signatures, let’s raise the bar to 600,000 at the start. Surely there are that many of us left? Whatever tricks they use, they can’t theoretically steal 200,000 signatures. Even if the shrunken George counts the votes alone. Since I proudly enjoy my marginal status, I can’t do more than this. Because to achieve something like this, we need strong people with a name and a surname and as many associations as possible, who are still working for the benefit of this country and people.

I can’t brag that I have followed the campaign regularly, but I haven’t noticed that someone has shattered themselves dealing with today’s main problem, GLOBALISM? Or have we already been sold (of which I am convinced), so there is no point in even mentioning that plague? What’s next? The invasion of Jihad warriors in our beautiful country, under the slogan TLM (Terrorists Lives Matter). This time I’m dead serious. When I see what HERD is doing with impunity across America, why would we be an exception? Because the Marxist-Islamic revolution is underway. For now, we’re still watching it on TV. And maybe tomorrow from the balcony? Never say never. Especially today, when nothing living has any meaning or logic.

Amazing things are happening in America and something is definitely wrong. Republicans look more and more like the HDZ. And betrayal is present at every step. Just three words on Twitter explained it all. “The lone warrior!” (LONELY WARRIOR), Trump wrote. Abandoned and abandoned by all. CIA, FBI, Pentagon…He was even betrayed by some Republicans, who are afraid to oppose the red-black gang. The question is, does this great man have any authority left?

Just a few months ago everything looked ideal. So, if someone thinks that the virus and the protests are “spontaneous”, let them think again. Pity, because with Trump’s departure, the last straw of salvation would go. One needs to prepare for the worst, because SATANS (globalists) are the worst thing humanity has ever encountered. Exaggerating? Let’s wait a year or two so we can recapitulate the events. If we survive…

I watch Infowars regularly, and Alex Jones is right when he says the Civil War has already begun. The only country in the world without police, where street law is in force. I watch, in disbelief I hit myself on the head with a glass Coke bottle. Hell, it’s a tragedy…

Klapa songs came to my mind. Stone, rock, bread crust, drop of oil…There is a lot of truth in that. But again, it all depends on the person. Are her eyes hungry or not? I remember when after the war I did some intellectual work (unloading trucks, passing on gas cylinders to manual workers…). Because you had to eat something and pay the bills. The boss was normally a private individual and cracked like slipper. In addition to 3 houses, a new Mercedes and who knows how many millions in the “box”, his favourite saying was: “Poor me, I won’t even have enough money to buy salt!”. And we worked from 7 in the morning until we finished. Sometimes until midnight. Luckily, the joke among “working people and citizens” was top notch. And we didn’t miss out on beer either. You come home all soiled and dead, and you don’t even have the strength to take a shower. But on every first day of the month, 2000 kuna in the pocket. Like a gentleman. And again, I was more optimistic then than I am today. For F sake. The ways of the Lord are mysterious.

After the war, most of us thought positively, and after the battlefield, everything seemed easy to you. We were once ordered to walk over a hill and take up a new position. At night, of course, so that the Chetniks do not see us. Just as we descended, dawn broke and an old man was walking towards us. “Children, how did you get here?” He asks. “Through this forest, Grandpa.” “Well, all that is a minefield.” We just looked at each other, crossed ourselves and continued on…

Each of us has experienced something inexplicable in life. “Happiness,” some would say. “Coincidence,” others would say. And is that really so? For atheists, yes, because they don’t believe in anything. But I would never change places with them. Because they are afraid of death, and I am not. I don’t think about it at all and I don’t know what waits me there. But I know there is “something.” By nature, I am a hard realist and logician, so I am not able to describe that “something” in words. Few people have that gift. The first person that comes to mind is Mr. Ivica Ursić. His texts heal the soul, and in a few sentences, he explains EVERYTHING. That is that natural gift, which cannot be learned in any school.

It’s still dark outside, the normal world is asleep and I talk to myself over coffee and a cigar. I’m afraid I’ve gone a bit overboard, because my basic rule is: “Write as short and as substantively as possible and don’t bother people.”

Because, as Winston Churchill said, (while in the toilet at the bus station in Čapljina (BiH)): “The three most important things we need to do every day are:”

  1. Wake up
  2. Survive
  3. Go to sleep

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Croatia: The Treason In Kreso Beljak

Today many countries’ laws forbid acts that are called treason, including insurrection and attempted coups (internal treason) and cooperating with foreign powers and enemies abroad. More loosely, people use the word to mean any serious betrayal of trust. Dictionaries define a traitor as a person who betrays someone or something, such as a friend, cause, or principle.

It is incredulous, gut-wrenching and above all improper that the Croatian Parliament has not, even after more than a week, found a way to suspend (pending inquiries) its Member Kreso Beljak from sitting in Parliament; from speaking in Parliament! Had a member of parliament of a truly democratic and statehood conscious parliament come out with such vitriol, blatant lies and hate speech against own people, against own country, as Kreso Beljak has in the past nine days, that member of parliament would be suspended immediately and investigations/discussions about the intent and effects of his/her statements undertaken with view to considering appropriate measures against that member of parliament.

Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) president and member in the Croatian Parliament, Kreso Beljak’s treasonous, shocking, depraved, reprehensible recent Tweet is not, by a long shot, a Tweet that is clumsy and unfortunate as he, in his unconvincing and cold apology Monday last, called it. His Tweet was yet another demonstration of the psychological violence and communist taunting against Croatians who rejected communism during and after World War II in Croatia and after WWII. This psychological violence continues to this day and is part and parcel of communist terror methods in their efforts to devalue and vilify, indeed, make life difficult in what the victorious Croatian Homeland War of 1990’s brought to the Croatian nation – independence and democracy.

What is equally reprehensible is the fact that “official Croatia” appears to have settled for Beljak’s apology for the Tweet and gives no indication of any plan to take Beljak down, suspend or remove him from Parliament pending investigation into the damage and inflicted offence his words have upon Croatian people.

Such suspension/removal would be, if for nothing else, justified for Beljak’s suggestion that the war in Croatia between 1991 and 1999 was waged and caused by Fascists in ex-Yugoslavia and those in other countries who escaped UDBa and Yugoslavia’s communist purges!

The truth is that the Yugoslav Army with Serbia and Croatian rebel Serbs attacked Croatia in 1990/1991(from Serbia and from within Croatia via rebel Serbs) when Croats showed intention to secede and then voted overwhelmingly in referendum to secede from communist Yugoslavia. The consequent war of aggression against Croatia (and Bosnia and Hercegovina) was indeed brutal, genocidal, bloody and merciless.

Beljak’s words are treasonous, against Croatia and its fight for sovereignty and democracy.

 

Photo: Twitter screenshot

On 10th of January 2020 a certain “Renato” published a Tweet that said: “My family was targeted as well but we lived in NY! Yugo-nostalgics fail to realize that there were over 100 political assassinations outside of Yugoslavia from 1945 to 1990. The UDB-a was active in every Croatian immigrant community in the USA, Germany, Canada and Australia.”

Kreso Beljak on 11th January 2020 tweeted a reply: “Over 100?? Obviously not enough. We sow (saw) who did the shit and who made all of the wars from 91 to 99. Fascist in ex-YU and in other countries who unfortunately escaped UDBa.” (UDBa being communist Yugoslavia Secret Police)

On 14 January 2020 Beljak published an apology: “In relation to my clumsy and unfortunate tweet. That tweet is a part of a wider discussion, filled with insults and lies. But, not important. I am sorry if my tweet was construed as my support for political assassinations. That, of course, is not true. I am sorry If I insulted anybody. I made a mistake.”

Further proof of Beljak’s treasonous mind and action is evidenced in his statement in publicly televised Croatian Parliament session on 15 January 2020. When Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic reprimanded Kreso Beljak for his tweeted statement and called upon him to apologise more, Kreso Beljak replied: “…I understand the gravity of what I said (regarding UDB’s killings of Croats)… I wish that you had repeatedly asked for such an apology as you heard from me from those who supported terrorists who killed people for Croatia, instead of letting such people on your official site support your candidate… ” (meaning 2019 Presidential candidate Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic who was HDZs (Croatian Democratic Union’s candidate).

When and what terrorists killed people in the name of and for Croatia after the Second World War (the period to which Beljak’s words are related)!? The truth is that there were no terrorist killings from the Croatian side for Croatia and factual history has not recorded any. Indeed, the terrorist killings that did occur in relation to Croatia were the murders and assassinations of Croats by Serbs and UDBa (Yugoslavs), never the other way around!

When did terrorists after WWII kill people for Croatia? NEVER!

When did terrorists after WWII kill people to stop Croatia’s independence? ALWAYS!

Even if one looked into a number of court judgments from the West (e.g. Australia from late 1970’s to early 1980’s re the Croatian Six; in the USA 1970’s re Zvonko and Julienne Busic and others plane hijacking/aircraft piracy) etc. there were no convictions for terrorism, let alone for killing people! One may find in these judgments the words “attempted terrorist acts” (such as in the case of Croatian Six/ which attempts were a fabrication by Serbs) BUT, likewise, one will find that terrorist acts were not proven nor evidenced by any acts the accused had performed. Aircraft piracy was at the centre of Busic case in New York. In the case of Croatian Six there was no deaths in question and in the Zvonko and Julienne Busic case there was an incidental related death of a policeman, however that death was not brought about or caused by Busic’s hands nor had they intended for the death to occur (official US court judgments and documents show this). The death of the NY policeman was reportedly and evidently caused by the policeman’s failure to follow procedure in deactivating a bomb to which Zvonko Busic had alerted, in a timely manner, the NY police.

It is utterly unacceptable to permit a member of parliament to get away with such hateful, treasonous speech and profound lies about Croatia’s path to independence with a “please apologise” slap on the wrist as it is happening currently in Croatia. These statements by Beljak are treasonous and hateful. A government that fails to protect the honour and good name of the country it leads, like Croatian government and Parliament has done in the past week, is a government and Parliament that are not fit to lead a nation!  We must not forget that the very same Parliament was inaugurated on 30th May 1990 and that soon after, in August, the Log Revolution (Balvan revolucija), an aggressive insurrection by ethnic Serbs in Croatia had announced the bloody war of Serb aggression to come. Croatians, both those living in Croatia and abroad, defended Croatia’s independence from communist Yugoslavia in the Homeland War of 1990’s. It is due to that very courage and suffering that Croatia is today a member state of the European Union; it is, thanks to the victorious Homeland War that Croatia currently presides over the Council of the European Union. It is the duty of Croatia to deal swiftly and decisively with those like Beljak who continue running the nation down, distressing its people with lies, psychological violence and political taunting.

What are you waiting for Croatian Parliament, Croatian Government!?

Your duty of care towards your people and your State is evident!

Ina Vukic

 

 

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