ZAGREB, April 17, 2018 – The Croatian government on Tuesday proposed that Deputy Chief State Prosecutor Dražen Jelenić be appointed the new Chief State Prosecutor, Justice Minister Dražen Bošnjaković said.
Addressing reporters outside Government House, Bošnjaković said that Jelenić had served as president of the State Judicial Council, municipal prosecutor and county prosecutor, and that the government was confident that he would be able to respond to the challenges of his new position.
The government will forward its proposal for Jelenić’s appointment to the parliament today. It expects the parliamentary Judiciary Committee to convene to discuss the proposal, after which the item will be put on the parliament’s agenda for a discussion and a vote.
“We think that we will be able to finish everything by April 24, when incumbent Chief State Prosecutor Dinko Cvitan’s term expires,” Bošnjaković said.
Asked about Cvitan’s performance, Bošnjaković said that his term was nearing its end and that it was the government’s right to propose a different candidate.
“We believe that this will bring new energy and a new approach,” he said, noting that his ministry would work on a new law on criminal proceedings to remove existing shortcomings and define new deadlines.