Former Yugoslav and Croatian intelligence agent Josip Perkovic has been arrested in Zagreb.
He was taken from his home in the city for questioning after Croatia implemented the European Arrest Warrant – the EAW.
Perkovic was a senior official in the intelligence networks in the Tito-led Yugoslavia and is wanted in Germany for his role in the assassination there of Yugoslav dissident Stjepan Djurekovic in 1983.
The EAW should have been enacted when Croatia joined the European Union as a full member.
Several amendments passed in the country’s parliament shortly before Croatia’s EU entry made it impossible to apply the arrest warrant for crimes committed before 2002.
But a new ruling came into force on New Years Day removing a time limit when implementing the EAW, so allowing for Wednesday’s arrest of Perkovic.