BREAKING NEWS: Reduced sentence to Djordje Prelic for the murder of Brice Taton!
The High Court sentenced Prelic in early 2011 to 35 years in prison, but the sentence was overturned by the decision of the Court of Appeal
After years of process, the court decided to reduce the sentence to Djordje Prelic, one of the main suspects in the murder of Toulouse fan Brice Taton, by three years, so instead of 15, he will serve a sentence of 12 years in prison.
The Higher Court in Belgrade sentenced to 12 years in prison today Partizan fan Djordje Prelic on charges of murder of French football fan Brice Taton in downtown Belgrade in 2009, which is three years less from the sentence that was determined to him in absentia.
Prelic was sentenced to 15 years in prison earlier in absentia but he was granted retrial after he was arrested and extradited from Spain in 2014 after years of flight.
Previous verdict was put out of force by today's verdict, although Prelic was found guilty of the same offense for murder.
Prosecution and Prelic's defense have rights to appeal also to this sentence to the Court of Appeal in Belgrade, which should make a final decision.
The sentence included his time in detention and extradition custody in Spain, and his detention was extended again today.
Prelic was convicted of aggravated murder as one of the organizers of the riots that led to mass fight of Partizan and the French Toulouse in Obilicev Venac on 17 September 2009, shortly before the game Partizan - Toulouse, where Taton died.
He was extradited to Serbia after years of flight in June of 2014 from Spain, but he was granted a retrial because of the final verdict was reached in absentia which sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
At the beginning of the trial, he denied any connection with Taton's death, claiming that he did not take part in the fight.
The High Court sentenced Prelic in early 2011 to 35 years in prison, but the sentence was overturned by the decision of the Court of Appeal to 15 years in prison.
In riots in Obilicev Venac in Belgrade shortly before the football match Partizan Belgrade and French Toulouse, group of hooligans has beaten Taton on September 17, 2009, who died from injuries on September 29th in the Clinical Center.
In the process of the murder of Taton, some of the convicts have already served their sentences.
The trial for this offense is repeated for Dejan Puzigaca who also pleaded not guilty and not participating in the fight.
He became a monk during flight in a Russian monastery in Thailand, and was arrested in September 2015 in Athens and then extradited to Serbia.
(Telegraf.co.uk / Tanjug)
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