Josip Petrovic, a former member of the INA Management Board and present consultant for the Hungarian oil company MOL, told Nova TV on Thursday that he had never discussed the INA-MOL arbitration with anyone in Croatia, adding that this was in the focus of the Croatian government and MOL.
Commenting on the alleged contentious contract which his company signed with a company owned by the wife of First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko and Karamarko's alleged conflict of interest, Petrovic said he had hired Ana Karamarko's company several years ago because he was in need of media consulting services which his own company did not provide.
He claims their cooperation was terminated by agreement, in accordance with European regulations, as soon it became obvious that Ana Karamarko's husband had a chance to form a government.
"I have not used my friendly connections with Mr Karamarko to help my business. I have never discussed the arbitration with anyone in Croatia. This is in the focus of the government and MOL. I don't see how I could have harmed INA and Croatia and I refute accusations that I have betrayed national interests. If they ask me, I will submit all necessary documents to the Conflict of Interest Commission, Petrovic said.
Nova TV reported that according to unofficial sources, the Conflict of Interest Commission will decide on Tomislav Karamarko next week.