The Zagreb County Court on Thursday upheld an indictment against former Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) chair Nadan Vidosevic, charged with having siphoned 39 million kuna from the Chamber at whose helm he had been for years.
Commenting on the decision of the court's panel of judges, Vidosevic said today he was innocent.
Iin November 2015, four people, who were indicted together with Vidosevic in this case, admitted to the charges, plea-bargained with the anti-corruption office USKOK and were sentenced to community work or received conditional sentences.
The key people in a corruption scandal called Remorker - the owner of the Czech-based Remorker company, Igor Premilovac, and marketing expert Davor Komericki, who connected Vidosevic with a ring that siphoned money from the HGK, were sentenced to one year in prison each and will do community work instead.
Premilovac was ordered to pay into the state budget HRK 2.9 million, which is the value of commission he earned from money he took out from bank accounts abroad and returned laundered to Croatia.
The owner of a real estate company and Vidosevic's real estate advisor, Vesna Rodic, too, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a suspended sentence of 11 months, with a four-year probation period. The court also imposed a suspended sentence on Jasna Mrakovcic Grubic, who was indicted for having siphoned money from the HGK with Vidosevic through feigned purchases of works of art. She will not serve a year-long prison sentence if in the next three years she does not repeat the offence, but she will have to pay 50,000 kuna in fines and pay back 750,000 kuna to her company that sustained financial damage due to her wrongdoing.
(EUR 1 = HRK 7.5)