Friday, 07. March 2014 - 08:03
10. 12. 10. - 17:00
The Ministry of Interior (MUP) has issued a warrant for the arrest of former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader on suspicion of involvement in the Fimi-Media fraud and several other affairs.
According to the Croatian daily Jutarnji List, almost four million Euros taken from public firms and state institutions ended up in the hands of the former PM. Fimi-Media had been the "go to" firm for numerous state companies and institutions dealing with public relations work. Many of these jobs had been handed over to the PR firm through rigged public bidding.† A lot of the firmís profits then went back into the hands of officials who used the money for funding the Croatian Democratic Unionís (HDZ) election campaign, amongst other things.
Various suspects incriminated in the affair spoke of the government meeting in April 2007 during which Sanader recommended working with Fimi-Media. HDZ treasurer Mladen Barisic Ė a personal friend of Fimi Mediaís owner, Nevenka Jurak Ė also supported this collaboration.
In her testimony, Jurak said that she had given 35 million kunas (4.74 million Euros) to Barisic, who then handed over a large part of the money to Sanader.
The daily writes that charges specify that Sanader must have kept the money for himself or spent it on pieces of art and other collectibles. He is also alleged to have used part of the money for campaign financing, including purchasing a news outlet in Zadar.
Added to the charges are further accusations of abusing his position and power in securing cheap electricity for Robert Jezicís company Dioki Group. In USKOKís indictment Sanader is named together with the Jezic and two former state electrical company HEPís officials, Ivan Mravak and Ivan Mrljak.
Mravak is said to have additionally lowered the price of electricity in 2008 and 2009 for Jezicís firms without consulting HEPís board, causing HEP 6.3 milion kunas (853,000 Euros) worth of damages.
In 2009, the company approved a 15 million kunas credit for Jezic, postponing the deadline for paying it back several times.
In his defence, Mravak said that he acted according to Sanaderís instructions.
Sanader is also implicated in the procurement of cheap electricity for another company, Sibenik TLM, or Aluminijum Mostar. With these actions, HEP suffered damages totalling 600 million kunas (81 million Euros).
The Croatian Parliament received a request from the State Attorneyís Office yesterday (Thu) to strip Sanader of his parliamentary immunity. The former PM has since left Croatia, but has contacted one of the local newspapers in a text message, announcing his intention to return and face USKOKís charges. An international warrant against the PM could be issued based on the courtís detention request.
Around 410 million Euro to be invested in Croatian tourism
Investments in Croatian tourism in 2014 will be worth 410 million Euro, the Croatian Tourism Minister Darko Lorencin has revealed.
Croatia ranked in the middle of World Justice Project
Croatia ranks 36th globally and 23rd among 24 Western Europe and North American countries in overall 'rule of law' performance, according to the World Justice Project's WJP Rule of Law Index 2014.
Niko Kovac wants his team to be more aggressive
Croatian national football team coach Niko Kovac was in the end happy with the result of the friendly match against Switzerland in St. Gallen on Wednesday.
Rijeka to host Impulse Festival
Impulse Festival will take place in western Croatian city of Rijeka from 17 to 26 March.
Policeman arrests the girl who refused his love
The 25-year-old police officer wearing an official uniform tried to seduce the attractive 26-year-old girl in a coffee shop in Savska Street in capital Zagreb.
Croatia reaches unemployment record figures while PM travels to New Zealand
Croatia has 385,147 unemployed people living in the country according to figures released this week.
Rajko Magic takes over Malaysian club
Croatian football coach Rajko Magic is taking over the bench of Malaysian side Johor Darul Ta'zim.
Kazakhstan names new ambassador to Croatia
Aslan Musin has been named the new ambassador of Kazakhstan to Croatia.
An earthquake shakes Rijeka
An earthquake has hit the area of northern Adriatic port of Rijeka in early hours of Wednesday.
Actress Maja Petrin dies
She was mostly known from the TV series Zabranjena ljubav (Forbidden Love) and Villa Maria.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Croat MIG airplanes stuck in Ukraine|
|Gary Kasparov given Croatian citizenship|
|Monika Jakisic rumoured to be dating Prince Andrew|
|Business Insider suggests Dubrovnik as top destination|
|Dog owners have assistance when travelling to Croatia|