Bridge spokesman gives deposition about Petrov surveillance

Bridge party spokesman Nikola Grmoja on Tuesday gave a deposition at the USKOK anti-corruption office, which is investigating his claims that PNUSKOK anti-corruption investigators had Bridge leader Bozo Petrov under surveillance, saying afterwards that he suspected that outgoing Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic had abused his office, although he had no proof, only circumstantial evidence.

"I said everything I know about it, that about ten days ago I received information that a complaint was filed at the parliamentary Home Affairs and National Security Committee called 'Bozo Petrov's political octopus', which said that Minister Ostojic, via (PNUSKOK chief Mario) Bertina, had Mr. Petrov under surveillance, monitoring his cell phone communication, I guess to control the political decision he would make, since he was the most important political figure after the election," Grmoja told reporters.

"I didn't say I had evidence. The parliamentary committee confirmed that the complaint arrived. Institutions should now do their job and establish if that is true or not," he added.

Grmoja said he also expected a probe into the possibility that Ostojic had abuse his office. "I didn't say that was certain nor that I have evidence of that. I want that apparatus to be in the service of national security and the fight against corruption and crime, not to be used for political showdowns."

Grmoja said he did not know who reported the suspicions that Petrov had been under surveillance to the parliamentary committee. He would not reveal the name of the person who informed him about it, but said he did say it to USKOK. "That man received that information and reported it to me. He was informed by the intelligence community that that had been happening."

Last update: Tue, 05/01/2016 - 18:11

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