Two remaining suspects in the case of laundering HRK 630 million through fictitious gold sales were placed in investigative custody on Saturday after returning to the country from neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Pejo and Antonio Ivic, father and son, were arrested after crossing the border at Slavonski Brod and were transferred to Zagreb's Remetinec prison. Their lawyers claimed that they had not been on the run but had visited their family in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The two are believed to be members of an international crime ring that laundered money from South American drug cartels through fictitious gold purchases in Croatia.
The Croatian police and organised crime prosecutors launched a major operation on Thursday, investigating 15 persons on suspicion of laundering over HRK 630 million (EUR 84 million) through fictitious gold sales. The father and son Ivic were not at their registered address in Zagreb at the time, and after learning that they were wanted by the police they said they would return soon.
After Zagreb County Court ordered 30-day investigative detention for 13 suspects in the case on Friday night, it has come to light that the money laundering operation was masterminded by the prime suspects, father and son Ante and Luka Gale.