A Bridge party MP and member of its National Council, Miroslav Simic, said on Tuesday the party would look into the authenticity of documents and media reports according to which War Veterans' Minister Miro Crnoja falsely stated his place of residence and that, if the claims proved to be true, there was no place for such a person in the government.
Speaking to reporters, Simic said Bridge knew most of the things about the Crnoja case from the media. "We must also hear from Minister Crnoja but the general position of Bridge is that, if it transpires that those crimes are true and were really committed, such a person can't run any government department or be a member of the Croatian government."
Asked how long Bridge was willing to wait for the verification, Simic said, "We can't definitely say at this moment because we only have media reports. We have to see those land documents which have been made public." He said "it won't take long to verify the authenticity of those documents" and that Bridge would take a position as said earlier.
Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) said earlier today that it was in possession of documents about the false address and that Crnoja was given land by the town of Samobor to build a house under the law on the entitlements of Croatian war veterans. Under a contract signed in 2010, Crnoja had three years to build the house and if he did not, he had to return the land to the town, which Crnoja did not do. Based on the land contract, he was given a EUR 56,000 loan to build the house. The town said it would take legal action.
Two veterans' associations from Zagreb voiced their support to Crnoja, saying he was exposed to a media campaign and public lynching as part of an anti-government campaign.