The chief executive of the Dinamo Football Club, Zdravko Mamic, and four other persons were arrested on Wednesday on an order issued by anti-corruption prosecutors, sources close to the police and the state prosecutor said.
According to unofficial information, among those arrested were also Mamic's son Mario, Croatian Football Federation chief executive Damir Vrbanovic and two other persons who had allegedly been involved in illegal transfers of money through off-shore companies.
Mamic has been under investigation before on suspicion that he, his brother Zoran, Vrbanovic and tax official Milan Pernar embezzled at least HRK 117.8 million of the club's money and defrauded the state budget of at least 12.2 million kuna in unpaid taxes.
The Office for the Prevention of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK) claims that Zdravko Mamic illegally earned at least 52 million kuna and his younger brother Zoran 38.1 million. The two brothers were released from investigative custody on July 15 after posting bail.
Zoran Mamic was also charged in July with threatening the manager of footballer Robert Muric.
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