Controversial football manager Zdravko Mamic. an official of the Croatian Football Federation and a former executive director of the Zagreb-based Dinamo club, on Thursday dismissed media reports that he has commissioned the assassination of the Chief State Prosecutor Dinko Cvitan.
Earlier on Thursday, Mamic gave a statement to the Croatian Serious Fraud Office (USKOK) that he had not been behind threats sent to Cvitan, and the prosecutorial authorities declined to comment on the case.
Mamic has written on his Facebook account that he will hold a news conference about those media reports at 13hr Thursday.
The weekly Nacional" has alleged in its latest issue that "a powerful Croat" has commissioned the killing of the Chief State Prosecutor Cvitan after he carried out a clampdown on Mamic's businesses and thwarted his criminal plans, including the continuation of money laundering through offshore accounts.
Mamic told the Dnevnik.hr that he believed that the weekly newspaper alluded to him and therefore he wanted to deny those accusations.
After a number of investigations, the anti-corruption office USKOK issued this April the first indictment against Mamic, who is charged, together with his brother Zoran, former Dinamo chief executive Damir Vrbanovic and tax official Milan Pernar with defrauding Dinamo of just under HRK 116 million, and of tax evasion in the amount of at least HRK 12.2 million. On 26 April, the first indictment against Mamic and the other indictees was confirmed by the Osijek County Court instead of by a court in Zagreb where the investigation was carried out. There have been frequent speculations about connections between Mamic and some Zagreb judges, particularly after he was released from custody on bail.
The prosecution charges Zdravko Mamic of having siphoned from Dinamo at least HRK 52 million, and his brother Zoran of having defrauded the club of at least 38.1 million.
USKOK has moved the confiscation of the unlawfully gained money from the Mamic brothers in the amount of more than HRK 90 million, as well as the confiscation of bribes received by Pernar, an inspector at the tax authority in the Zagreb district of Sesvete.
The indictment is a result of a criminal report filed by the Finance Ministry's Tax Fraud Department.
Zdravko Mamic is under investigation in a number of other probes in which he is suspected of defrauding Dinamo of more than HRK 270 million in total.
Zdravko Mamic and the other suspects in those investigations are believed to have conspired to siphon money from transfers of Dinamo players through companies registered abroad. Zdravko Mamic resigned from his position in Dinamo in February.
Zdravko and his son Mario Mamic, businessmen Sandro Stipancic and Igor Krota, and Croatian Football Federation executive director Damir Vrbanovic are suspected of having siphoned more than 10 million euros and 500,000 pounds sterling from Dinamo through off-shore companies since 2004. USKOK alleges that Mario Mamic, Stipancic and Krota were in charge of those operations.