Ivica Todoric Convenes Press Conference on Agrokor Affair

Lauren Simmonds

The former Agrokor is now Fortenova. It has gone from a collapsing empire of sand threatening to take down the entire Croatian economy with it, to a stable company generally operating with profits under Fabris Perusko. Its new name may help to remove it from its difficult past, and its new CEO may help to dull some of the stains left on it from the Todoric family reign, but Ivica Todoric is still sticking to his guns when it comes to the multitude of accusations he has thrown out over the last two or three years.

Life has taken a dramatic turn for the former Gazda (boss) of Agrokor. From private islands, yachts and helicopters to a fundraiser for his family who are apparently struggling to survive, one thing nobody can accuse Ivica Todoric of is being boring.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 16th of January, 2020, Ivica Todoric convened a press conference at which he spent the time talking about new evidence he has of apparent crime in the Agrokor affair and new findings about the now infamous Borg group.

He says he is the only one who really knows the whole truth, but it’s ironic that despite much time spent on it, he has had no evidence to back up that truth to this day. He thinks that it is the Croatian political system that has stopped the truth from coming to light, Vecernji list writes.

Although DORH rejected his criminal charges against Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and former Economy Minister Martina Dalic, both of whom are HDZ, he announced that he would continue a private lawsuit.

He showed five emails of the so-called correspondence with the Borg group and claimed that their goal was to spread the falsities about Agrokor.

He is convinced that the majority owners of Agrokor should have become Croatian banks and Croatian creditors because they had the highest claims. He added that he had been forced to transfer ownership of the company to foreign banks.

He believes that the Borg group had long since prepared to rob a large part of Agrokor and was the one to finally throw Agrokor to its knees. “Today, the processes they conduct are criminal, the settlement is no longer beind done in the way they agreed,” Todoric explained.

“We all know that three years ago, one of the most important topics was the Agrokor affair, which influenced events in this part of Europe politically, socially and economically. There was a lot of talk about Agrokor, and a lot was written. During all those years, I never held a press conference, nor did I come before the public in this way,” said Ivica Todoric at the beginning of the conference.

“It all started when [Martina] Dalic said there would be a new assembly. I was shocked, it was clear to me that Plenkovic was behind it all. I made the decision for it to be the least damaging for me and the other participants. I withdrew, up until the 16th of March, I had no idea that something like this could happen.

I had no documentation, no papers. I was sure that I could cetainly prove what had happen to me and that I’d win the whole Agrokor affair because I knew the whole truth, only my problem was that I had no evidence for that truth. I had to patiently build my own tower of maps that would eventually create a picture of everything, and then I needed to be able to present it in a quality way,” said Ivica Todoric.

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