Retrial for Kornat fire tragedy begins

Former Sibenik fire chief Drazen Slavica's retrial began at the Zadar County Court on Monday, with the defendant again pleading not guilty for the death of 12 firemen and the serious injuries of one in a fire on Kornat island on 30 August 2007.

In late April, the Supreme Court quashed Slavica's acquittal because, during the original trial, the panel comprised three instead of five judges.

The prosecution charged Slavica with a crime against general safety because he sent two minors and firemen who had not completed training to put out a wildfire on the island. He was also accused of a belated rescue operation.

The first trial began in November 2000. Over 100 witnesses testified.

Last update: Mon, 19/09/2016 - 15:52


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