The leader of the Bridge party, Bozo Petrov, said on Tuesday that media reports about new Veterans' Affairs Minister Mijo Crnoja having reported to be residing at a false address and about his having been imprisoned for violence should primarily worry Crnoja.

"If the reports are true, I think they should primarily worry Crnoja. I'm not a state service, I do not have all the information on people in advance. Frankly, I don't like it, but I can't comment on it before I have obtained all the relevant information," Petrov said in an interview with Media Servis when asked about media reports that Crnoja reported as his address a ramshackle cottage in Samobor near Zagreb, as well as that he was once placed in custody for knocking down a bus driver.

Asked if Crnoja should resign if those reports proved true, Petrov said that it was up to Crnoja. "What would happen to a Bridge member in such a situation is a different matter," he said, adding that he would discuss the case with Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko.

The HDZ said on its twitter account this morning that it would wait for Crnoja to respond to the media reports.

As for Crnoja's announcement that a register of traitors should be published, Petrov said that making announcements before agreeing on them was not a good thing.

"A register of traitors is not something that would change the climate in society for the better. If someone has a problem with some traitors, they know how it should be dealt with, but it definitely cannot be done by a public media lynching campaign or compilation of a register of traitors," said Petrov.

As for yesterday's takeover of ministerial duties at the Veterans' Affairs Ministry, at which insulting things were said to former minister Predrag Matic and former social policy and youth minister Milanka Opacic, Petrov said that he "never agreed with lynching" and that possible criticism should be civilised and diplomatic.

Petrov also said that he did not see anything wrong about Sisak Bishop Vlado Kosic consecrating the offices of the Veterans' Affairs Ministry and that one should not make a media show of it.

He added that he also did not see anything wrong about Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic's plan to have the government offices consecrated.

"I don't believe the Prime Minister said it to make a media show of it... I think it means something to him personally. If I am (in Zagreb) when it happens, I will attend. On the other hand, I don't agree with making a spectacle of such events," said the Bridge leader.

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