MOST Spokesman Accuses Interior Minister of Spying on Božo Petrov

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No political intrigue would be complete without a good spy story. 

On Tuesday afternoon, MOST spokesman Nikola Grmoja gave a statement to the Office for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime, which is checking his claims that the police has been following MOST leader Božo Petrov. After giving his statement, he said that outgoing Interior Minister Ranko Ostojić might have abused his authority and powers but that he has no proof of that, reports and Jutarnji List on January 6, 2016.

“I said what I know about everything, that ten days ago I received information that the Parliamentary Committee for Internal Affairs and National Security had received a submission which states that Minister Ostojić was following Božo Petrov, his contacts via a mobile phone, in order to see what political decision he would make since he was the most important political player after the election”, Grmoja said to reporters.

He reiterated that he has only circumstantial evidence and suspicions that this might have happened. “I did not say that I have a proof. Parliamentary Committee has confirmed that the submission had arrived and now we should let the institutions do their job and determine whether this is true or not”, Grmoja said.

Outgoing Interior Minister Ranko Ostojić commented on the allegations. “Petrov was not followed nor wiretapped, and there is no evidence for that. I have no other option but to call on Petrov for the two of us to publicly discuss this issue. It is interesting that Grmoja does not want to give any names and does not provide any specific information. If someone is dealing with these sort of things, then they should present some documents and evidence and not try to disturb the public in this way”, Ostojić said. “I invite Mr. Petrov for the two of us to discuss publicly these issues, since they want to have the next Interior Minister and deal with security issues.”

Ostojić said that MOST should also explain why the post of Interior Minister is so important to them. “Petrov is now being protected by people who were at the top of security services at the time of the biggest problems there”, Ostojić added. He said that we all needed to wait and see how this will all end, because “we can see what happened with all the talks about reforms. It would be good that after all this time, long after the elections, this finally ends”, he added.

MOST leader Božo Petrov did not want to comment on whether the police followed him. “They have not called me in for questioning. I would not like to comment on whether someone has been following me”, said Petrov to journalists. HDZ president Tomislav Karamarko said that abuse of authority can happen. “I would not be too surprised, although I am not accusing anyone in advance. If this happened, then someone must be held responsible”, he said.


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