Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Tomislav Karamarko said on Saturday that he was proud of his time as head of intelligence services and policeman, and responded to Social Democratic Party (SDP) president Zoran Milanovic's indirect accusations of him, namely that the "intelligence underworld" was pressuring Mirko Raskovic of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), by saying that perhaps Milanovic had created an intelligence underworld.
"I'm proud of having been the head of the SOA (Security and Intelligence Agency), of having been chief of the UNS (National Security Office), of having been interior minister, Zagreb's police chief. We constantly worked for our country, for the security of our country. SOA is an institution which sees to the security of this state," Karamarko told reporters.
"Perhaps Mr. Milanovic created an intelligence underground because we don't know at this moment if SOA is counting the terrorists passing through Croatia or tampering with our phones. Is the police USKOK (anti-corruption office) being abused? What is its purpose? Is it prosecuting for political purposes? What is the purpose of the Tax Administration, which is politicised to the core, which is a repressive body in this state? That's the underworld."
Karamarko said that as interior minister he had launched the fight against crime and corruption, and that he was most proud of his time in the Homeland War. "Where was Mr. Milanovic then, who's talking about my CV? He should stop."
He also commented on SDSS leader Milorad Pupovac's indirect accusations that he was pressuring Raskovic, one of the three elected SDSS members of parliament who is not backing the SDP-led coalition to form the new government.
Karamarko said it was the SDSS leadership which pressured the national minority MPs "and they evidently failed. Some people jumped out of their system and would not be blackmailed... I'm constantly saying that the national minority representatives in parliament should see to the interests of the minorities which elected them and which they represent, and they can't tip the scales left or right."