Josip Perkovic, Zdravko Mustac.jpg
Josip Perkovic [L], Zdravko Mustac [R]
Photograph: Hina

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.

Related stories

Latest news

Russia's long-time UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin dies in New York

Russia's long-time ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died "suddenly" in New York on Monday, a day before his 65th birthday, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

French police raid National Front over European Parliament payments

France's far-right National Front Monday said that investigators had searched its offices in relation to allegations that it misused European Parliament funds.

Unhappy Presidents' Day: Trump still manoeuvring after Sweden comment

Donald Trump used his first Presidents' Day in office to continue trying to talk his way out of comments implying a terrorist attack in Sweden that never happened.

Croatia supports Kosovo's territorial integrity - Grabar-Kitarovic

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday expressed the support to Kosovo's territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations during her talks with the visiting Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj.

Petrov rules out early parliamentary election

Parliament Speaker and Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov on Monday dismissed speculation about a reshuffle of the parliamentary majority, saying an early election was likelier, but that right now he did not see "such a scenario."

First local elections in 20 years to be held in Nepal on May 14

Nepal's government announced the dates for forthcoming local elections on Monday, nearly 20 years after polls were last held for municipalities and village councils in the country.

US Defence Secretary: We are not in Iraq to seize Iraqi oil

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, in reference to comments made by President Donald Trump last month.

Bryan Adams to play Zagreb

Canadian rock star Bryan Adams, who has sold more than 100 million albums in his 40-year-long career, will perform in Zagreb on November 9, according to his website and Facebook account.

Two charged for racially insulting actor Jamie Foxx in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik police will bring misdemeanour charges against two men for disturbing the peace on Sunday night in a local restaurant when they racially insulted African American actor Jamie Foxx, who is currently in Dubrovnik filming "Robin Hood: Origins".

Film "Anka" starring Eric Cantona shown to reporters

The film "Anka" by Croatian actor and director Dejan Acimovic, a story about children, friendship and the quest for identity, filled with scenes of nature, magic and elves, based on one of the best known novels of Croatian writer Mato Lovrak, "Anka Brazilijanka", was shown at a screening for reporters in Zagreb on Monday.

Opposition youth leader arrested in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean police on Monday arrested an opposition youth leader on charges of inciting public violence against the government of President Robert Mugabe, the youth leader’s lawyer said.

Turkey dismisses 227 judges and prosecutors

Turkey's top judicial body on Monday dismissed 227 judges and prosecutors who are accused of having links to a cleric blamed for last year's coup attempt, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.