Grmoja says investigation results as expected

Spokesman for the Bridge party Nikola Grmoja said on Wednesday the findings of the investigation by which the anti-corruption office USKOK had determined Bridge chief Bozo Petrov had not been under any surveillance were entirely as expected.

"We welcome USKOK's quick investigation. Unfortunately, the media have only reported on the fact that USKOK conducted an interview with me as the person who made his suspicions public, but not on who else was questioned and what other measures were taken," Grmoja told Hina.

He stressed that the public needed to wait for the conclusion of the Parliamentary Home Affairs and Foreign Policy Committee which has received a complaint saying that Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic had Bozo Petrov under surveillance, namely that he had the calls Petrov made from his cell phone examined.

"Claims were already made in the past that there had not been any surveillance measures or examination of phone calls, but then new facts came to light. I have been claiming from the start that if the operation was off the books, it would be difficult to prove the truth. This case has only confirmed that. Experts and numerous associations agree on that. Croatia does not have a quality civilian monitoring of the police work and that needs to be changed immediately because it makes people doubt the apparatus," Grmoja said.

During the post-election negotiations with Bridge, neither the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) nor the Social Democratic Party (SDP) agreed to civilian supervision of the police, Grmoja recalled.

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