Albanian Drone Flyer Seeks Political Asylum in Croatia
Albanian Daily News
Published July 31, 2017
Albanian Ismail Morina, who Serbia wants to try for flying a drone bearing a flag of Greater Albania in Belgrade, is seeking political asylum in Croatia to avoid extradition.
His legal representative, Darko Butigan informed the journalists on Monday that his client has submitted a request for political asylum.
I can confirm that he applied for a political asylum in Croatia because he thinks he won’t get a fair trial in Serbia,” the lawyer said.
After a court in Dubrovnik, Croatia, ruled in favour of his extradition to Serbia last Thursday, Butigan appealed to Croatia's Supreme Court, which has no legal deadline by when it must decide on the appeal. The Justice Minister then confirms Supreme Court’s decision.
“Usually, it takes the Supreme Court two to three months to decide on an appeal, but now the request for asylum will postpone the extradition to a period between six and ten months,” Butigan predicted.
Croatian police detained Morina in June, acting on a Serbian arrest warrant, while he was heading to Italy where he has lived for years with his family.