Sime (Simon) Juric has been involved in a ten year battle with one of Australia's major banks. He has lost his business and his home as a consequence of a titanic legal battle with this xxxx bank. He has now lost his freedom. Five weeks ago he was jailed for twelve weeks as he was found to be in contempt of an order by The Victorian Supreme Court regarding injunctions that were placed against him, regarding his ongoing public battle with xxxx, one of Australia's major banks.
Simon has spent four weeks in protective custody in Melbourne's Remand Centre and was transferred to HM Prison Ararat, two hundred kilometres from Melbourne, on Tuesday the 11th of June 2002. Mr. Juric a refugee from the former Communist Yugoslavia, made his home in Melbourne over 40 years ago. He is a devout Catholic and was jailed on the eve of a pilgrimage he and his wife were taking with a Melbourne based Croatian church to Lourdes. Mr. Juric is 61, he has lost ten kilograms in prison in the last five weeks and is waiting to have a major bowel operation.
Why have we chosen to highlight this man's plight when thousands of business people and home-owners are shut down by banks and financial institutions every year in this country? The answer is very simple, on the 11th