Intelligence chief Lozancic resigns

Dragan Lozancic has submitted his resignation as chief of the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA), Hina learnt from official sources on Monday.

Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs and National Security is scheduled to convene on Wednesday when Daniel Markic is expected to be appointed new SOA chief.

Sources both from the Office of the President and from the government confirmed to Hina that Lozancic resigned.

In early February, President Kolinda Grabar signed a decision requesting Lozancic's dismissal and about a month ago Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic cosigned the decision.

The President requested Lozancic's dismissal claiming that he had violated the Security and Intelligence System Act, the President's Office announced in a press release then.

The President told the SOA Director no longer enjoyed her trust.

PM Oreskovic cosigned the decision at the end of March, saying he did not want to make a hasty decision before gathering all information.

On March 25, Grabar-Kitarovic and Oreskovic co-signed the nomination of Daniel Markic for the post of the director-general of the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA).

Their proposal will be put forward to the parliamentary committee on national security in line with the relevant procedure.

Last update: Sat, 09/07/2016 - 16:14
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