President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has requested the National Security Council to launch an investigation into the leak of a document from the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) regarding the role of former member of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) Mirko Raskovic during the 1991-1995 war, spokesman for the President's Office Luka Djuric said on Monday.
The Telegram weekly has published an unclassified SOA document about Raskovic's role in the war, signed by the then SOA director Tomislav Karamarko, now the leader of the the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party. The HDZ condemned the publication of the document, calling on the state leadership to protect former employees of the intelligence system.
The HDZ says that the document in question was signed by the person who at the time had the authority to sign it. Raskovic had the status of a member of Croatian defence forces and disabled veteran holding the rank of major in the intelligence unit of the Service for the Protection of the Constitutional Order.
The HDZ said it expected the media to check facts thoroughly and not rush with conclusions based on imputations, wondering why and how such a document could have been published.
Elected member of Parliament Mirko Raskovic drew public attention when he had decided not to support the centre-left Croatia Is Growing coalition, which is backed by his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), and when he had asked President Grabar-Kitarovic to protect him from pressures he claimed he was exposed to. A few days ago, he resigned membership of the SDSS.
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