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Cablegate: Croatia's 2007 End Use Monitoring Report

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SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/SCE, INL
JUSTICE FOR ICITAP/MHANSON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KCRM AFIN SNAR HR
SUBJECT: Croatia's 2007 End Use Monitoring Report

REF: State 07348

As requested Post is providing the following clarifications to the
End Use Monitoring Report:

1. In November, 2007 ICITAP donated a Volkswagen Passat to the
Office for the Suppression of Organized Crime and Corruption in the
State Prosecutor's Office. The vehicle has 90,000 km and is in very
good condition. The vehicle, the only one owned by the office, is
being used for prosecutors to travel to regional offices to
facilitate investigations.

2. Video-conferencing equipment that was stolen consisted of a 19
inch LCD monitor, video-conferencing camera, DVD recorder, digital
video mixer, microphone and accessories, and two channel
multi-effect processor. At the time of the donation, the equipment
was valued at about $29,000 (or $36,000 at the current exchange
rate.)

3. ICITAP-provided throw phones were used in 2007 in resolving two
hostage situations. In June immediately following the donation,
phones were used in a hostage/suicide situation in Petrinje. The
individual was holding his wife hostage and abusing her; he accepted
the throw phone after about 20 hours of negotiations with the
Special Police (similar to SWAT). Negotiations lasted another 20
hours with use of the phone, after which the individual surrendered.
On 29 December the phones were employed again in Beli Manastir. A
retired police officer had a hand grenade and threatened suicide.
He immediately accepted the phone and after 15 hours of negotiations
with police, he surrendered and accepted medical treatment.
BRADTKE

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