ZAGREB — A Zagreb court Wednesday handed down jails terms of up to 40 years to six men for the car bomb murder of one of Croatia’s top journalists, whose mafia-style killing shocked the fledgling Balkan nation.
Judge Ivana Krsul pronounced the six guilty of committing and aiding first degree murder after the killing of Ivo Pukanic in 2008, describing it as an “unscrupulous manifestation of organised crime”.
The jail terms ranged from between 15 and 40 years.
Pukanic, the founder and editor-in-chief of Croatian political weekly Nacional, was killed alongside his publication’s marketing director Niko Franjic, when a car bomb went off near its Zagreb offices in 2008.
Known for his in-depth reporting on organised crime, Pukanic was a controversial figure who had close ties both with high-ranking Croatian politicians and leading criminal figures.