USKOK looking into Grmoja's claims about Petrov surveillance

The claim by Bridge party spokesman Nikola Grmoja that PNUSKOK anti-corruption investigators placed Bridge leader Bozo Petrov under surveillance will be checked also by the Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK), USKOK said on Tuesday.

"Regarding a number of queries from the press, following Nikola Grmoja's interview with the N1 TV station on Monday night and his statements there, USKOK can say that it is checking his claims. The public will be informed of the findings in due time," USKOK said on its web site.

The parliamentary Home Affairs and National Security Committee has received a complaint regarding the case Grmoja spoke about. 

The Police Directorate would not comment on Grmoja's claims, and outgoing Minister of the Interior Ranko Ostojic said he would hold a news conference on Wednesday.

The head of the parliamentary public relations service, Marina Buntic Juricic, could not reveal details of the complaint or the identity of the person who had filed it after the inaugural session of the new parliament last week.

"We cannot reveal details of the complaint because the Committee has not been formed yet, but it will be dealt with as soon as the Committee is formed," she said.

The head of the parliament's outgoing Home Affairs and National Security Committee, Miroslav Tudjman, who confirmed receipt of the complaint, warned that the committee's powers in supervising police work were very limited because the legislation regulating that area was incomplete. 

Explaining in an interview with N1 on Monday why his party was seeking the top position in the Ministry of the Interior, a key department in combating corruption, Grmoja said that after the November 8 elections PNUSKOK had placed Bridge leader Bozo Petrov under surveillance as part of an operation of which no record was made.

Last update: Tue, 05/01/2016 - 15:14

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