HNS says president, PM jeopardise functioning of intelligence system

The opposition Croatian People's Party (HNS) on Wednesday said that by failing to resolve the issue of the appointment of the new heads of the Security-Intelligence Agency (SOA) and the Office of the National Security Council, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic had jeopardised the functioning of the intelligence system, which it said had made the country vulnerable considering the current terrorist threats in Europe.

A statement signed by HNS member of Parliament Goran Beus Richembergh said that the president signed a decision to relieve SOA chief Dragan Lozancic almost two months ago, which he said proved that it had not been only a hasty decision but an irresponsible one as well, because it has still not been co-signed by the prime minister.

"This sets a precedent because the president's move has jeopardised the functioning of the intelligence system and the entire intelligence community. Instead of having agreed on the matter with the prime minister far from the public eye and in line with the relevant laws, they have jeopardised the entire community at a moment that is very sensitive for our country," Beus Richembergh said in the statement, adding that those developments testified to a lack of coordination among the main state institutions and of a single state policy.

Last update: Wed, 23/03/2016 - 13:16

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