“Today, after more than 20 years, a member of the Croatian government has been arrested. A minister who is in office has been arrested for something that he did as a member of the government. Not just any minister, but the one who hasn’t done anything to help the people in Zagreb and Banovina to reconstruct their houses. A minister to whom Andrej Plenković evidently owes something if he keeps him in the government after everything,” Grbin told reporters.
He believes that this is the time to act promptly and that the situation needs to be resolved today already.
“How is it possible for a minister who is at the police and giving a statement to do anything his job requires in the days to come without any problems? Instead, we have an arrogant prime minister, we have a man with the manners of a dictator who is bothered because his excellent week has been ruined and someone disturbed him on Saturday morning,” said Grbin.
He warned that to top it all the HDZ, “a party from which we have seen this before,” is now trying to implicate the State Attorney’s Office (DORH) and the judiciary in the whole story.
“That is diverting the focus, that is what Plenković tried to do today and we will not allow it. Next week already the Judiciary, Domestic Policy and National Security Committee will be convened. The HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) has to say whether it agrees for the committee to be convened and there DORH has to respond to all the questions put to it,” added Grbin.
He added that he expects Attorney General Zlata Hrvoj Šipek to make a statement on this case, but not in a phone call or tete-a-tete with the prime minister, but before the legislature, media and citizens.
He believes that if Horvat will fall, the whole government should fall too and after that citizens will choose who they want to lead the country.
Horvat should not be allowed to continue in his office as a minister even if he is released from custory later today, he said. “This needs to end as soon as possible and this is Andrej Plenković’s responsibility.”
Commenting on the extension of the deadline to use EU funds for post-earthquake reconstruction, Grbin said Plenković “crawled in Brussels” to fix what Horvat “mucked up.”
“This is the moment when all this has to end and it is left up to citizens to decide in which direction we should continue. If it’s true that this case involves another minister, a deputy prime minister and a former minister, a state secretary and the director of a department… literally half the government is under investigation for committing crimes. Who can say at the moment that they are running this country?”
“We have a debate on a vote of no confidence in Minister Horvat (in the Sabor) on Wednesday. There is also the situation with (Economy) Minister Ćorić where documents exist, not just depositions, on his deep involvement in corruption, as a result of which all of us have dearer electricity bills,” Grbin said.
As far as Plenković is concerned, it’s business as usual, and if that’s the case, then Croatia is no longer a state but a failed project, yet it has never been that and never will be, he concluded.
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