Former deputy prime minister and leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Tomislav Karamarko was not available for any comments on Tuesday after a ruling by Zagreb Administrative Court on Monday upholding a decision by the Conflict of Interest Commission that he had been in conflict of interest due to his business and private relations with MOL adviser Josip Petrovic.
The spokeswoman for the court, Judge Tamara Bogdanovic, confirmed that the court had rejected Karamarko's appeal to have the commission's decision overruled.
The court concluded that the decision by the Commission was lawful, that is, that as deputy prime minister, Karamarko was in conflict of interest. Karamarko has the right of appeal to the High Administrative Court against this ruling.
Karamarko told Hina on Tuesday he would appeal the ruling claiming he was not in conflict of interest.
After the commission had delivered its decision in the Drimia scandal, and Karamarko stepped down from the government, he referred to the decision as grotesque saying that the decision had been "forced under pressure."
The Conflict of Interest Commission on 15 June decided that Deputy Prime Minister and HDZ leader Tomislav Karamarko was in conflict of interest when he had been expressing his personal views and suggestions that Croatia should abandon the arbitration proceedings with MOL over the Croatia's oil and gas company INA, and that this was evident when Karamarko expressed his opinions at the HDZ-Bridge Council for Cooperation in early May.