Corruption investigators on Tuesday questioned a former secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister, Sandra Zeljko, who until now was the key witness in an investigation into Tomislav Saucha, a member of Parliament and chief-of-staff of former Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic suspected of the unlawful payment of travel expenses in the government.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Monday evening dismissed criticism from the Opposition and some NGOs who had said it was unusual that a premier and chief state prosecutor should hold a joint news conference.
The Office for Prevention of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK) has questioned all witnesses in the case of Ex-Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic's chief of staff Tomislav Saucha who is suspected of falsifying official travel orders, and Saucha, who was placed in investigative custody on 10 February, is likely to released on Friday afternoon.
Saucha is suspected of having verbally ordered his secretary - in his capacity as Milanovic's chief of staff in charge of ordering and approving travel orders and invoices for official trips - to make travel orders for trips by the former PM's special advisers that never took place, in order to acquire illegal gain from the state budget in the period from November 2013 to January 2016.
The Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK) is going to investigate the findings of the Office of the State Auditor about the reimbursement of bogus travel expenses in the Office of Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic in 2015.
President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Thursday that her presidential campaign in 2015 was impeccable and that it was not covered by an investigation into Danijel Artenjak of the Napredni Modeli company, which worked on her presidential campaign.
The USKOK anti-corruption office has launched an investigation into a Defence Ministry official and a Ukrainian overhaul company representative for bribery in the overhaul and procurement of MiG 21 aircraft.
The mayor of Zadar and former minister of maritime affairs, transport and infrastructure, Bozidar Kalmeta of the ruling HDZ party, said on Monday that the second indictment the anti-corruption office USKOK had issued against him was an attempt by Chief State Prosecutor Dinko Cvitan to curry favour with the HDZ's coalition partner, the Bridge party.
The Zagreb County Court on Wednesday upheld a war profiteering indictment against Djuro Gavrilovic, despite the claims of his defence attorneys that the statute of limitations has run out in this case.
The anti-corruption office USKOK has issued an indictment against businessman Djuro Gavrilovic, charging him with purchasing several meat-processing companies that were part of the Gavrilovic concern during the 1990s war in Croatia with money intended for the country's defence in the amount of two million German marks.
USKOK, the Croatian body that investigates serious or complex fraud and corruption, has launched an investigation against two Croatian nationals on suspicion of graft in the overhaul of MiG-21 aircraft, following charges pressed by the military police.
Former army commander General Mladen Kruljac, and former mayor of the eastern Croatian municipality of Sibinj, Ivica Batinic,pleaded not guilty to the charge of embezzling millions from the state budget and municipal budget at a retrial that commenced before the Osijek County Court on Monday.
Lovric Merzel and her attorney objected to shortcomings in the proceedings conducted by the Office for the Prevention of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK), insisting that the case against her constituted political persecution.
Two remaining suspects in the case of laundering HRK 630 million through fictitious gold sales were placed in investigative custody on Saturday after returning to the country from neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Zagreb County Court on Monday upheld an indictment against former Tax Administration chief Nada Cavlovic Smiljanec, former Osijek tax authority chief Ruzica Kovacevic, and entrepreneur Zeljko Bilos for defrauding the state of HRK 9.5 million.
The USKOK anti-corruption office has launched another probe into the executive director of the Dinamo Zagreb soccer club, Zdravko Mamic and six others suspected of siphoning almost HRK 70 million from the club.
"I am not a criminal and did not do what I am charged with. I am proud of my two terms as Prime Minister and of the results we achieved, from excellent economic results to the reforms we conducted," said Sanader.
Ostojic called on all those reporting such things to file criminal charges, so that he could defend himself from such charges but also to be able to prosecute them later, should evidence show that they were telling untruths.