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The Rijeka County Court on Tuesday upheld an indictment charging Rijeka tax inspectors Mirjana Grijak and Silvo Jelencic with having recognised as legal income, based on forged documentation, the property of Mirko and Vinka Cetinski in the amount of close to HRK 25 million.

The two tax inspectors and the Cetinskis are charged with abuse of office and authority, incitement to abuse of office and authority, and document forgery.

The indictees attended today's court hearing at which the indictment was upheld and in their written submissions pleaded not guilty.

A date for the start of the trial is to be announced in due course.

Under the indictment, filed by the anti-corruption office USKOK, in the period from 29 August 2011 to 12 July 2013, in Rijeka and Rovinj, the two tax inspectors, acting at the request of the Cetinskis, "while carrying out an inspection in line with the Income Tax Act, accepted false statements and inauthentic and forged documents on the origin of property and source of income", provided to them by Mirko and Vinka Cetinski.

Without checking the authenticity of the statements and documents, the two inspectors accepted the inauthentic and forged documents to show that the origin of the Cetinskis' property had been proven and that there was no difference between the value of their property and the proven amount of money needed to acquire it, reads the indictment.

Mirko Cetinski, a singer, and his wife, a former deputy tourism minister, have also been charged, in a separate case, with having defrauded businessman Danko Koncar of some HRK 150 million while buying for him property in Istria.

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