Constitutional Court president Jasna Omejec on Saturday issued a statement on media reports about attempts to influence the Constitutional Court regarding a decision on whether the Sports Act is in line with the Constitution, underlining that attempts to politicise and abuse the Constitutional Court are absolutely forbidden and that nobody is above the law and the Constitution.

"In a number of papers issued today (Telegram, Jutarnji List, Vecernji List), articles were published about attempts to influence the Constitutional Court in relation to a complaint challenging the constitutionality of the amendments to the Sports Act of 2015. The articles were published at the most sensitive time of election campaign, when the Constitutional Court is obliged to refrain from addressing the public," Omejec said, noting that despite of that, the court "considers it necessary to warn again that attempts to politicise and abuse the Constitutional Court are absolutely forbidden. That ban applies to all equally."

"Croatian citizens can be calm - if a law is unconstitutional, it will be quashed, just as any law complying with the Constitution will be upheld by the Constitutional Court. Nobody could and can ever have any influence on those facts," Omejec said.

Jutarnji List today reported that the anti-corruption agency USKOK a few weeks ago launched police surveillance of Dinamo football club executive director Zdravko Mamic, Pasko Dodic, Croatian Football Association vice-president Damir Vrbanovic, and a judge and an advisor at the Constitutional Court on the suspicion that they had tried to lobby the Constitutional Court to abolish sections of the Sports Act.

A week later, the persons who were being secretly investigated learned that they were under surveillance, Jutarnji List claims, adding that eventually the suspicion that Mamic and Vrbanovic had tried to persuade the said Constitutional Court judge to vote against the law was not proven to be founded.

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