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A police investigation has not found any indication that the break-ins into the apartments of stage director Oliver Frljic and his partner were ethnically motivated or were a consequence of any pressure, but were rather motivated by gain, the Ministry of the Interior said in a report to the parliamentary Committee on Human and Minority Rights.

"The investigation so far has failed to show that the two criminal acts were ethnically motivated or that they were a consequence of some kind of media, political or social pressure," the ministry told the committee which wanted to know what the police had done about the two cases that received strong media coverage.

The ministry said that "the information collected so far... indicates that the motive of both criminal acts was gain."

It also said that the police had indications that the same perpetrator or group of perpetrators were possibly responsible for the two break-ins as well as for several other break-ins in the part of the city where Frljic's and his girlfriend's apartments are located.

"Since the crimes in question have not been solved, the investigation is continuing," the ministry said in the report of which the parliamentary committee took note.

The ministry also reported that in 2015 it recorded 24 criminal acts motivated by hate - 14 were motivated by hate towards Serbs, five were motivated by sexual orientation, two by anti-Semitism, and one each by hate towards Bosniaks, Slovenians and black people.

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