ZAGREB, Sept 29, 2020 – Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said on Tuesday that parliamentary Domestic Policy and National Security Committee chair Niksa Vukas would receive a report on information leaks and that he could always contact the ministry and the police.
Speaking to the press, Bozinovic said Vukas “can ask and will receive an answer, probably to the effect that DORH (State Prosecutor’s Office) and the police are conducting preliminary investigations. They are doing that and they will inform the public about the results.”
Vukas said this morning that he would request Bozinovic’s comment on the situation in the system, surveillance breaches and information leaks, and that next week he would convene the Domestic Policy and National Security Committee over the JANAF corruption case.
Surveillance breaches are not good
Asked if he was concerned about surveillance breaches in big cases and if anything had been identified in that regard in the case of former state secretary Josipa Rimac, Bozinovic said that it was not good that those breaches were occurring.
“However, as far as I know, DORH is conducting preliminary investigations in coordination with the police which are aimed at uncovering the reasons and those who are illegally involved in surveillance breaches.”
The most important part of the criminal investigation, which is conducted by the police in cooperation with DORH and USKOK (anti-corruption office), was finished and charges have been filed, which means that they collected enough evidence, Bozinovic said.
“This isn’t good, of course. However, DORH and the police are working on it and I’m sure they will inform us when they have some results.”
Asked if the police were powerless about surveillance breaches, the minister said all criminal investigations were long, painstaking, and uncertain.
“When several months pass and result in the collection of enough evidence, it means… that a good job was done and that it was done as the law stipulates, which means keeping preliminary investigations secret.”
Emergency services are working
Bozinovic also commented on the HT telecom’s technical difficulties today due to which it is not possible to get 112, the number for emergency services.
“I’m sure someone will say what happened. When it comes to key communications and the communications of all emergency services, that shouldn’t be a problem as they all have their own line of communication, their own means of communication when it comes to civil protection services,” he said, voicing confidence that the system was working.
That was financed with European money and the Interior Ministry has made sure that those communications, based on TETRA devices, work in all emergency services, he added.
Police intensively working on finding those responsible for information leaks
Police Director Nikola Milina told the press the police were intensively working on finding those responsible for leaking police information while simultaneously working on the prevention of information leaks.
He said they reported police officers for information leaks in 15 cases over the past two years.
Commenting on surveillance breaches in the cases of Rimac and the recently arrested director of the JANAF oil pipeline operator, Dragan Kovacevic, Milina said the police “are intensively working on those cases… We are the least interested in having surveillance breached. However, each case is different.”
He said that in both cases the police pressed charges on suspicion that a number of persons had committed various white collar and corruption crimes.