Attorney General Says Not Under Pressure From PM

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Image: Andrej Plenković/Facebook screenshot
Image: Andrej Plenković/Facebook screenshot

Speaking at a hearing, called to investigate possible political influence on the Office of the Attorney General (DORH), Hrvoj Šipek said that the prime minister only has the kind of information that under the law he is entitled to have.

“The prime minister does not have any information he is not entitled to have, and the same goes for the president of the republic,” she said, adding that there was only pressure “by certain lobbying groups” and people “who think they know everything about everything.”

Hrvoj Šipek said that she had thought about whether to respond to the council’s request for a hearing at all but that eventually she decided to come out of respect for state institutions.

“I had hoped that persons with information on the pressure would be here as well, but there is evidently no surprise,” Hrvoj Šipek said.

After her 30-minute introductory address, the attorney general was expected to answer questions from members of the anti-corruption council as well as other interested members of parliament.

Council chair Nikola Grmoja of the Bridge party told Hina earlier that he had requested the hearing so that Hrvoj Šipek could answer questions on possible government influence on DORH.

“I requested the hearing so that she could answer questions about Prime Minister Andrej Plenković’s phone calls to her and possible government influence on DORH,” he said, recalling that the prime minister had admitted to having phoned Hrvoj Šipek with regard to a possible investigation into Defence Minister Mario Banožić.

As an independent institution DORH must treat all citizens equally, regardless of their political status, influence or financial power and that is why it is important for the attorney general to answer questions that have been raised recently, Grmoja said.

For more, check out our politics section.


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