HDZ founders say Perkovic, Mustac weren't among them

The founders of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) said on Friday they "reject with abhorrence the lie uttered by SDP president Zoran Milanovic," after a Munich court convicted Yugoslav-era Croatian intelligence officers Josip Perkovic and Zdravko Mustac, that the two had been among the HDZ's founders.

Contrary to attempts by UDBA (Yugoslav secret service) and the "communist repressive apparatus" to ban the establishment of the HDZ, the HDZ was founded at a secret location on 17 June 1989, the Franjo Tudjman HDZ Founders Union said in a press release.

"It's worrying" that such claims come from the president of the SDP (Social Democratic Party), "the ideological, material and legal successor to the Communist Party whose activity, because it carried out state terror in the heart of Europe, was convicted" by the Munich court verdict earlier this week, the press release said.

The HDZ founders urged Milanovic to make public the archives of the Communist Party and the communist-era intelligence services in order to establish the historical truth and shed light on historical matters and the role of certain people in recent Croatian history.

Last update: Fri, 05/08/2016 - 20:30
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