As they stated in the letter, according to a report submitted to CJFE, the Croatian Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) uncovered the identity of the perpetrators behind the assault, but after this was reported to the Ministry of the Interior Police Department, they failed to pursue an arrest. An anonymous source within the police force reported that an arrest was almost initiated but never carried out. Concerned for this and similar cases in Croatia, the CJFE called on the Government of the Republic Croatia and the State’s Attorney Office of the Republic of Croatia (DORH) to do everything in their power to ensure the protection of and justice for Miljuš and to arrest the people behind the attack. They called upon the Croatian Government to support an immediate, transparent and impartial investigation into the attack on Miljuš and guarantee his security during the proceedings. They asked for an initiation of a transparent and impartial investigation of the handling of his case by the State’s Attorney Office. In the letter, the CFJE also asked for other cases where journalists have been attacked with impunity to be critically examined, and asked for the fulfilment of the obligation to protect journalists and media workers, and for the end of impunity when they are attacked.
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To recall, in an interview for Fairpress UNCUT, journalist of Jutarnji list, Dušan Miljuš, stated some details of the investigation that were unknown until now, especially regarding the events that preceded the attack and the notions that the police knew the identity of the two men who attacked him that same night after the attack. In the interview, Miljuš told us that a few years ago a police officer came up to him at the Municipal court and told him that he was working that night when they beat him up and that they were supposed to “pick up” the attackers that night, but that some strange things started happening.
Almost nine years ago (2 June, 2008) Miljuš was brutally attacked in front of the building he lived in. On that occasion he was severely injured, but he survived due to “lucky” circumstances and a reaction from a witness. Despite the evidence available at the time, the investigative bodies and prosecuting authorities didn’t act accordingly with the information that was available to them and didn’t investigate deeper into who ordered the attack. This resulted in the failure of the whole case before the judiciary, and the attackers were released. Considering that since the initial threats from 2007 the association Partnership for Social Development has monitored the events regarding Dušan Miljuš (the case of threats in Klaićeva street, the publication of a warning directed to Miljuš and his name among the obituaries in Večernji list), at that time MUP was asked to provide protection for Dušan Miljuš, i.e. to investigate all of the circumstances of the stated threats. However, MUP was deaf to our demands.