The Bridge party on Friday strongly condemned the lack of action by state institutions in the case of Josip Vresk, a member of the State Election Commission (DIP), noting that there was no room for people with a criminal past in DIP.
As part of a trial that is being conducted by a court in Klagenfurt, Austria, against former Hypo Alpe Adria Bank executive Josef Kircher on the charges that he misappropriated EUR 1.7 million, Vresk admitted to Austrian investigators that he took bribes from Hypo Alpe Adria Bank for certain projects in Croatia and influence peddling involving the Croatian National Bank (HNB), Bridge says in a statement.
The party quotes media as saying that Vresk took the last bribe instalment in May 2007 and that he became a member of DIP in March that year.
Also worrying is the fact that Davorin Mlakar, until recently a member of Parliament from the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and now a Constitutional Court judge, was involved in the affair and that he falsely identified himself at the time, says Bridge, recalling that Mlakar was appointed a Constitutional Court judge in line with an agreement between the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the HDZ and describing this as evidence of the parties' duopoly in running the state.
"For the first time the Constitutional Court is composed of a large number of judges who are politicians from the two political camps, which directly enables interest groups to exert influence on the court," Bridge says, calling on Vresk to step down as a member of DIP.