Former top spy for Yugoslavia charged with complicity in murder for 1983 slaying in Germany


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BERLIN — A former top spy in Yugoslavia's feared secret service has been charged with complicity in murder in Germany in connection with the killing of a political dissident 31 years ago.

German federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 72-year-old Zdravko Mustac was charged July 22, after his extradition in April from Croatia, whose citizenship he now holds.

Prosecutors said in a statement that, in his position as head of the Yugoslav secret service, Mustac likely gave the order to murder Yugoslav dissident Stjepan Durekovic, who was killed on July 28, 1983, near Munich.

The prosecutors wrote that Mustac probably ordered his subordinate Josip Perkovic to plan the murder. Perkovic was also extradited to Germany earlier this year.

Croatia initially refused to extradite Perkovic, but eventually bowed to German pressure.

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