SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) Controversial former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic was shot and injured in Bosnia on Monday, police and media reported.
Croatia’s state TV said Mamic was shot in his leg and taken to a local hospital on Monday. It said the injury was not life-threatening.
Police were searching for two possible assailants.
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Bosnian media said Mamic was attending a memorial for his father at a graveyard near the town of Tomislavgrad when two people fired at him from a nearby forest. Another report said it was a drive-by shooting.
Croatia’s TV said Mamic voluntarily left the hospital in Bosnia after doctors managed to stop the bleeding, and he went to the Croatian capital, Zagreb.
Bosnian police declined to confirm the identity of the victim by name, but said a man with the initials ZM and born in 1959 in the Croatian city of Bjelovar, just like Mamic, was shot and injured.
Mamic, known for his fiery temper, has been on a high-profile embezzlement and tax fraud trial in Croatia.
Prosecutors accuse Mamic, his brother, and two others of embezzling 15 million euros of the club’s money since 2008 and not paying 1.6 million euros in taxes.
Mamic, who remains Dinamo’s adviser, is still considered the most powerful man in Croatian football despite the charges.
Dinamo issued a statement, calling the attack a “murder attempt.”
It said the attempted “liquidation” of Mamic was not a surprise amid a “lynching campaign” against him by the Croatian media.
He was recently knocked off his yacht into the sea by an attacker believed to be a fan of rival Hajduk Split.
AP Writer Dusan Stojanovic contributed from Belgrade, Serbia.