Sokol said earlier on Saturday that what was happening to Frka Petešić because of the state-owned flat in which he lives in Zagreb was a disgrace.
“We won’t run away from the topic so easily by denying reality and switching arguments. That is a criminal offence,” Milanović told the press in Sisak. “This is one elaborate impertinent fraud, committed with full awareness of its unlawfulness,” he said.
Sokol also said that if anyone thought a crime had been committed, they should report Frka Petešić to the authorities.
Milanović said Frka Petešić should be reported “because there’s not a chance that DORH (State Attorney’s Office) will do it ex officio.”
“Just as it’s impossible for DORH to understand that what was happening in the State Assets Ministry was a crime. A whistleblower had to file a criminal report of 37 pages in order to be heard,” he added.
The president said he would not report Frka Petešić, but reiterated that he committed a criminal offence and that attempts were being made to portray it “as an oversight.”
“It’s an elaborate process. Why doesn’t he keep his books on Dugi Otok (island) if he lives there?” he said regarding Frka Petešić’s claim that he keeps his books in a basement of a warehouse of the Državne Nekretnine state assets management company in Zagreb.
The president recalled that the Državne Nekretnine whistleblower had called out Defence Minister Mario Banožić for protecting one company.
“That company filed for bankruptcy. The state, because someone intervened, did not collect rent and came out the loser. Such favours don’t come without a fee because that’s a serious favour. If you allowed someone not to pay two or three million in rent, they will probably thank you. The company filed for bankruptcy, the state will get nothing. Who will be held to account?”
The president said that if anyone was embarrassing Croatia, “it’s the HDZ.”
“Where am I embarrassing it? In Moscow? In Kyiv? In Berlin? But yes, I surely get on some people’s nerves. Yesterday I was America’s man, today I’m Russia’s man, but somehow I believe I’m Croatia’s man.”
Asked to comment on Zagreb Jewish Community head Ognjen Kraus’s statement that he has still not met with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković about banning Ustasha insignia, although a meeting was promised. Milanović said Plenković was stalling Kraus again.
“He’ll trick him again. The law won’t be changed. Unfortunately, Kraus won’t get anything,” he added.
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