Petrov says USKOK hasn't summoned him for interview

Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov said on Tuesday that the anti-corruption office USKOK had not summoned him for an interview, declining to comment on allegations that PNUSKOK anti-corruption investigators had him under surveillance, while Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party leader Tomislav Karamarko said that if the claims were true, someone should be held to account.

"USKOK has not summoned me for an interview. I would not comment on whether I was under surveillance. Certain people have been interviewed at USKOK and some things have been published on the Internet and the entire public can read about it," Petrov told reporters after talks with Karamarko at Zagreb's Sheraton Hotel.

Petrov also said that he did not talk with Bridge spokesman Nikola Grmoja, who earlier in the day gave a deposition at USKOK, because he was at talks with Karamarko.

Petrov also would not comment on claims that outgoing Minister of the Interior Ranko Ostojic had abused his office and powers, saying that that question should be put to Ostojic.

"I don't want to communicate that way. You will have to ask him if that is true and if so, why," said the Bridge leader.

When asked if abuse of police powers was realistic, Karamarko said that it could happen. "It would not surprise me much, although I'm not accusing anyone in advance. If it did happen, someone must answer for it," said Karamarko.

Bridge party spokesman Grmoja today gave a deposition at USKOK, which is investigating his claims that PNUSKOK anti-corruption investigators had Petrov under surveillance, saying afterwards that he suspected that outgoing Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic had abused his office, although he had no proof, only circumstantial evidence.

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