(Sir, take your shirt off and come with us.)
According to a report from Fighters Only, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic was
interrogated questioned at length by Canadian immigration officials about his Croation military career and possible knowledge of war crimes committed during the Yugoslavian civil war that took place in the 90′s and was close to being deported for not cooperating with the group.
Cro Cop, a former soldier, who is now a member of Croation parliament says Canadian officials threatened to put him back on a plane and send him home for not answering a number of questions they asked him. Apparently they wanted him to give them the names of individuals he had served with and whether or not he was involved in or witnessed the torture or interrogation of civilians during the war, but when he refused to discuss what he knew, they tried to play hardball.
"The first day I was kept for four hours and two more the next day. Although they were not satisfied with my answers they let me go to the hotel in the city, to sleep. They asked me to think about the questions raised. I was threatened with deportation, but appealed to the Croatian Embassy. The Consul was urgently flown in from Ottawa, and the UFC hired the best lawyer for immigration issues,” Filipovic related to Net.hr in Croatia. “They obviously knew what would happen because my lawyer was on the runway at the airport! The inquiry was painful for me, but I must say that the Immigration Bureau officials very correctly performed their job. They used what they have to, but there are obviously very interested in the military and police matters from the former Yugoslavia.”
“Most of them were interested in my military service. I served in 1993-1994 as a conscripts, but I was not involved in combat activities. They asked me if I was involved in the torture of civilians, asking for names of command lines and tactical commanders,” Filipovic added.
“They were asking for details of my activities in Lucko ATJ [anti-terrorist unit] which I joined a few years after the war. They gave me a list of names for me to confirm, but I did not do it. I can not confirm one name because it is still a matter of dignity and principles. I said to myself, ‘If it comes to it I am ready to go home‘. They could have done what they wanted with me but [in the end] they let me fight.”
Whether or not the stressful situation accompanied Filipovic mentally into the Octagon, he didn’t show any signs of psychological weakness in his third round submission over Pat Barry, which earned him an $85,000 Submission of the Night bonus check.