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Croatia rejects extradition of suspect in Hamas engineer killing

Croatia top court blocks extradition of a Bosnian man accused of killing Hamas member Mohammed al-Zawari in Tunisia.

Fadi al-Batsh

Croatia's top court on Monday blocked the extradition of a Bosnian man to Tunisia over the alleged murder of an aerospace engineer, who the Palestinian group Hamas said was one of its members.

Mohammed al-Zawari, 49, was killed in a hail of bullets at the wheel of his car outside his house in the city of Sfax, 270km southeast of Tunis, in December 2016.

"The Supreme Court accepted the appeal of the suspect ... and rejected the request for extradition from the Republic of Tunisia," the court said in a statement.

At a hearing on May 8, the lower court said it had established that "legal preconditions" had been met for the extradition of Alen Camdzic, 46, who has been named by local media.

The final decision will be made by the justice minister.

The suspect was arrested at the airport in Zagreb, Croatia on March 13, 2018, on an international warrant and has been held in custody since, the court in Velika Gorica, near Zagreb, said in the statement.

Croatia's top court on Monday blocked the extradition of a Bosnian man to Tunisia over the alleged murder of an aerospace engineer, who the Palestinian group Hamas said was one of its members.

Mohammed al-Zawari, 49, was killed in a hail of bullets at the wheel of his car outside his house in the city of Sfax, 270km southeast of Tunis, in December 2016.

"The Supreme Court accepted the appeal of the suspect ... and rejected the request for extradition from the Republic of Tunisia," the court said in a statement.

At a hearing on May 8, the lower court said it had established that "legal preconditions" had been met for the extradition of Alen Camdzic, 46, who has been named by local media.

The final decision will be made by the justice minister.

The suspect was arrested at the airport in Zagreb, Croatia on March 13, 2018, on an international warrant and has been held in custody since, the court in Velika Gorica, near Zagreb, said in the statement.

Israel has assassinated many members of Hamas in the past, but hasn't responded to accusations that it was behind the murders.

In November 2017, al-Zawari's family denounced "silence" on the part of authorities and called on them to provide more details on the investigation into his killing.

Israel was also accused of being behind the assassination of Fadi al-Batsh in April in Malaysia. He was a member of Hamas scientist who was said to be a rocket-making expert.


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