22.07.2004 FERAL TRIBUNE
  Brotherhood and murder

Feral investigates: what is the Croatian Revolutionary Brotherhood (CRB) that is signing the newest series of death threats to several public figures and State officials

Through the whole time of its existence, the core of the CRB was in Australia, so it is not surprising that police investigators, after the newest series of threats to domestic traitors, found the server from which these Internet threats are being sent, in Australia. The most spectacular operation attributed to the CRB is sending of the so-called Bugojno Group, that – in the summer of 1972. – managed to get through to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where on the slopes of the Raduša Mountain they tried to start an all-out uprising against the Tito regime.

After keeping silent for almost 4 years, the CRB and a certain «commandant Domagoj» who is signing death threats on behalf of the above-mentioned organization are speaking again. The reason for this newest series of threats is the action started by the Jerusalem SWC headed by Efraim Zuroff, which is aimed at reporting about and bringing to justice remaining Nazi criminals in Croatia. The most and most violent threats are directed against Zoran Pusic, chairman of the Civic Committee for Human Rights, that is coordinating the action of the already mentioned Center and who recently gave to the State Prosecution documents showing that Milivoj Ašner, pensioner form Daruvar, was in the times of WW 2 Ustasa police chief in Pozega and that he is responsible for the liquidation of local Jews.
Apart from Pusic, death threats were received by film director Nenad Puhovski, Justice Minister Vesna Škare Ožbolt, threats were sent to several high-ranking police and State Prosecution officials, and indirectly to President Mesic to whom the message was conveyed that he would go «visit Milan Levar».

General Hopp

The very same organization, CRB, and the very same person, commandant Domagoj, were threatening Mesic in September 2000. already. Then the motive was his decision to send into retirement seven notorious wartime generals and the arrest of the «Gospic group», led by Tihomir Oreškovic. At that time Ivica Racan, Stipe Šuvar, Ivan Zvonimir Cicak, Davor Butkovic, Jasna Babic, Vesna Pusic, Djurdja Adlešic and Dobroslav Paraga were subjected to deaths threats too. In September 2000. CRB was not threatening alone, but was seconded by the Croatian People Liberation Movement and by the commander of this non existent formation, «general Hopp», whose plan it was to liberate Croats from the traitors and communists yoke. Interior Ministry under Minister Lucin announced at that time an investigation aimed at establishing who is anonymously threatening State officials and public figures, but – of course – nothing came out of it.

« After the murder of Milan Levar in Gospic I got a threat, in the form of a death sentence and signed by general Hopp on behalf of the CRB» says Dobroslav Paraga, president of the Croatian Party of Rights 1861., continuing: «I gave this to the police, together with a lot of material evidence about very similar threats I am receiving since 1992., but as they did nothing, either then or at any other occasion, and they did not return this material to me, I am convinced that general Hopp enjoys the support of certain Para structures in the Interior Ministry. About «general Hopp» I can reveal now that he is a certain Boris S., former officer of the JNA (Yugoslav Peoples Army) and former friend of Franjo Tudjman, member of the HDZ, now retired. Today’s government cannot be freed from any responsibility for protecting such criminals. Let me remind you that the Speaker of the Parliament, Vladimir Šeks, stated at the time of the Levar murder and threats addressed to me, that we can expect new similar cases, if HDZ will be connected with crimes in the future too.

As far as the CRB, to which commander Domagoj is referring, is concerned, Paraga stresses that this emigrants organization decided to cease existing in 1996., after concluding that by the creation of the Croatian state their goals were transformed into reality. CRB was formed in Australia in the early 60-is of the last century and was, until the dissolution of Yugoslavia, seen as the most radical emigrant organization, specialized in terrorist activity. The sending to Yugoslavia of the Tolic – Oblak group in 1966. with the task of interrupting with explosives the railway connection between Zagreb and Rijeka at Delnice, as well as the railway between Zagreb and Belgrade, was the first major action of the CRB. But both were arrested and Tolic was sentenced to 13 years in prison, while Olic got 12 years sentence.

« Bugojno Group» and liquidations

The most spectacular action attributed to the CRB is sending of the so-called Bugojno Group that in the summer of 1972. managed to get through to Bosnia and Herzegovina and tried, on the slopes of the Raduša mountain, to start an all-out uprising against the Tito regime. The group was composed mainly from Croatian emigrants from Australia and its leaders were brothers Ambroz and Adolf Andric, born in the vicinity of Tuzla, as well as Pavao Vegar from Varoševic near Ljubuški. Members of the group were either killed in action or taken prisoners and sentenced to death, with the only exception of Ludvik Pavlovic, who was a minor and who got a 20-years prison sentence. He was killed in 1991. near Posušje in a clash with the units of the JNA, that was never fully explained.
CRB was responsible for the liquidation of the Yugoslav ambassador in Swede, Vladimir Rolovic, in 1971. (killers were Miro Barešic and Andelko Brajkovic), for bombing of the JAT (Yugoslav Airlines) office in Frankfurt in 1972. (perpetrators were Mirko Radoš and Ivan Andabak, the later being today retired general of the Croatian Army) and for the attempt to kill the Yugoslav consul in Germany (just 2 consular officials were killed in this action). Yugoslav secret services paid back to the leaders of the CRB: its founder Geza Pasti disappeared in France in 1965., Marijan Šimundic was killed on 13. September 1965. near Sttutgart, Josip Šenic was killed on 10. March 1972. near Wiesloch and Stjepan Ševo – on 24. August near Venice . . .

All the time the core of the CRB was in Australia and it is no surprise that police investigators, after the newest series of threats addressed to domestic traitors, found the server through which these Internet death threats, signed by commandant Domagoj and the CRB, are being sent - in Australia. It was however not possible to track the threatening SMS messages, because it is practically impossible to find out who bought and, most probably, soon afterwards disposed of the prepaid VIPme and HT-Mobile cards.

Dissidents at work

« As threats from somebody who took over the brand of the CRB are still coming, it is possible that we are dealing with some dissidents who, like the parallel IRA, are not accepting the retreat of the organization and who would like to signal that they are still present», says Dobrosalv Paraga, adding: «But, one should not forget the fact that the HDZ in the 90-this installed numerous people belonging to secret services to important posts in Croatian embassies throughout the world and it is quite certain that all activities of the Croatian Peoples Liberation Movement and the CRB are being supported by certain political and spy circles.»

Today in Croatia live and work at least 4 persons very close to the CRB, who were during Tudjmans rule important people in the military-secret service circles: Franjo Goreta was active with the secret service of the Croatian Navy in Split, retired colonel Nediljko Vegar, brother of the Bugojno Group member Pavo Vegar, was active in the military secret service in Zagreb, Andjelko Brajkovic, Barešics companion in crime, a retired colonel too, was serving with the Croatian Army in Šibenik, while Ivan Andabak, former lieutenant of Mladen Naletilic Tuta lives quietly in Dalj, near Osijek. The one million dollar question is: has the police checked recently if some of these people are behind the deaths threats to those who supported the uncovering of remaining Nazi-fascist criminals in this country?

(Ivica Djikic)