The chairman of the parliamentary committee on home affairs and national security, Social Democrat MP Ranko Ostojic, warned on Thursday that the national security system had been left without a leadership, noting that those in charge of national security did not contribute to but rather jeopardised national security.
"The council in charge of coordinating the security system is not functioning because it has not been appointed and the report by the head of the Military Security-Intelligence Agency was not adopted owing to the votes of the Patriotic Coalition and its partners. Following the replacement of the national chief of police, the chief of the general crimes department and the head of the Police Office for the Prevention of Corruption and Organised Crime (PNUSKOK), we now have a situation in which the security services, which should be dealing with security threats, are not led by anyone," Ostojic told a news conference.
He said that ten days ago he wrote to President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, asking for a clarification of their proposal that Daniel Markic be appointed the head of the Security-Intelligence Agency (SOA).
Stressing that there was still no decision on the replacement of Dragan Lozancic as SOA chief, Ostojic said that legislation on the security-intelligence system envisaged that if an official was being relieved of their duty early, a decision should be made on their replacement, stating reasons for it.
Ostojic said he still had not received any reply to his letter, and that he would not consider himself responsible in any way for possible obstruction of the appointment of the new SOA chief.
A decision on Lozancic's replacement, stating the reasons for it, should be submitted to the parliamentary committee, which can then invite Markic to an interview and give its opinion on him, which is not binding on those who propose candidates for that position, he said.
"Otherwise, the only way I can interpret the proposal to relieve Lozancic of his duties is that Markic should be appointed SOA chief after Lozancic's term expires in October 2016. That is no reason why we should not discuss the new candidate already now," Ostojic said, stressing that the public still did not know which law Lozancic had violated that warranted his dismissal.