A majority of judges at the High Misdemeanour Court decided today that the salutation "Za dom spremni" or “For Homeland Ready”, which can be heard at the beginning of a song by Marko Perković Thompson, is not a violation of the law.
People are divided on the salutation with some noting that it was used by the Ustasha during the Second World War, while others claim it is an older Croatian salutation.
On the basis of the ruling Marko Perković Thompson can continue to begin his song, that was written during the Homeland War, with the salutation.
Before the ruling was adopted, Justice Minister Dražen Bošnjaković said that it is not good for there to be inconsistent court practices regarding the issue.
“We have about thirty cases where there is inconsistent court practice, some ban the salutation while others see no violation. I think that this decision will be good for equalizing practice in the future,” said Bošnjaković.
Lawyer Davorin Karačić believes the decision was completely expected.
“As a man and patriot I expected no less. I am surprised that a deliberation was even held on the song and the salutation, or the battle cry of the Croatian army, because it is an indisputable fact that it was a battle cry for not only HOS members, which are a component part of the Croatian Army, but in general for all soldiers during the Homeland War,” said Karačić.
The High Misdemeanour Court said that the decision, finding a violation is not in question, was adopted for two concrete performances in 2016, but it is also binding for all judges of that court.
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