Serbia protests annulment of Blessed Stepinac’s conviction
July 27, 2016
Serbia’s foreign minister, Ivica Dacic, has lodged a formal diplomatic protest following a Croatian court’s decision to annul the conviction of Blessed Alojzije Stepinac, the Croatian cardinal who was convicted of treason in a show trial under Communist rule in 1946.
The foreign ministry stated that “the UN and the EU explicitly forbade restoration of fascism and fascist ideologies,” according to a report from a Serbian television broadcaster. The complaint assumes the accuracy of the charges lodged against Cardinal Stepinac by the Communist regime; the Croatian court had ruled that the cardinal's conviction was invalid because he was not given a fair trial.
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