Zdravko Mamic steps down as Croatian football federation vice president

Six months after he informed the public that he would no longer be the executive director of the Dinamo Zagreb soccer club, Zdravko Mamic stepped down as the first vice president of the Croatian Football Federation (HNS).

"I no longer want to be the reason for some individuals to downplay the success of my colleagues from the Football Federation and Dinamo," said Mamic, who is considered to be the most powerful person in Croatian football.

After a number of investigations, the anti-corruption office USKOK in April issued the first indictment against Mamic, who is charged, together with his brother Zoran, former Dinamo chief executive Damir Vrbanovic and tax official Milan Pernar with defrauding Dinamo of just under HRK 116 million, and of tax evasion in the amount of at least HRK 12.2 million. On 26 April, the first indictment against Mamic and the other indictees was confirmed by the Osijek County Court instead of a court in Zagreb where the investigation was carried out. There have been frequent speculations about connections between Mamic and some Zagreb judges, particularly after he was released from custody on bail.

The prosecution charges Zdravko Mamic of having siphoned at least HRK 52 million from Dinamo, and his brother Zoran of having defrauded the club of at least 38.1 million.

USKOK has moved the confiscation of the unlawfully gained money from the Mamic brothers in the amount of more than HRK 90 million, as well as the confiscation of bribes received by Pernar, an inspector at the tax authority in the Zagreb district of Sesvete.

The indictment is a result of a criminal report filed by the Finance Ministry's Tax Fraud Department.

Zdravko Mamic is under investigation in a number of other probes in which he is suspected of defrauding Dinamo of more than HRK 270 million in total.

Zdravko Mamic and the other suspects in those investigations are believed to have conspired to siphon money from transfers of Dinamo players through companies registered abroad. Zdravko Mamic resigned from his position in Dinamo in February.

Zdravko and his son Mario Mamic, businessmen Sandro Stipancic and Igor Krota, and Croatian Football Federation executive director Damir Vrbanovic are suspected of having siphoning more than 10 million euros and 500,000 pounds sterling from Dinamo through off-shore companies since 2004. USKOK alleges that Mario Mamic, Stipancic and Krota were in charge of those operations.

Last update: Mon, 25/07/2016 - 18:44
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