Real Madrid star Luka Modric is under investigation for perjury, the Croatia State Attorney Office has revealed.
The alleged offence relates to the trial of former Dinamo Zagreb chief executive Zdravko Mamic. A deeply unpopular man in Croatia for allegedly taking up to €20 million from Dinamo, Mamic called upon big stars to help him out.
Former Dinamo star Modric was one who showed up in his defence, a decision which wasn’t well received.
Modric was involved in the trial due to the unusual annex specifying that the fee Dinamo received for his transfer to Tottenham should be split on a 50-50 basis between the club and the player.
Modric initially said that the annex was only signed and backdated after he had already been sold. But he later changed his account of the process, claiming he got confused. He could be found guilty of perjury.
Those who are guilty of perjury in Croatia can face anything between six months and five years in prison.
State Attorney statement
The State Attorney’s Office released a statement saying: “State Attorney’s Office in Osijek opened the investigation against Croatian citizen (1985) due to the existence of reasonable doubt that when giving testimony before the County Court in Osijek committed a crime against justice by giving false testimony under Article 305, paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code / 11. (6th 19th 2017).
“There is a reasonable doubt that on 13 June 2017 at the Osijek County Court, during a hearing in a criminal case against the first accused Croatian citizen (1970) and others, for the criminal offence of abuse of position and authority in Article 291, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the CC / 11; although he was warned that a witness is obliged to tell the truth and that is giving a false statement offence; examined as a witness falsely testified that the annex to the agreement.”