Plenković Dismisses Todorić’s Insinuations of ”Political Persecution”

Lauren Simmonds

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The PM couldn’t manage to avoid questions about the ex Agrokor boss during his time in Brussels.

As Dnevnik writes on the 21st of October, 2017, Andrej Plenković highlighted the fact that any insituations of political persecution of Ivica Todorić are unfounded.

As we know, Ivica Todorić has spent a lot of time claiming those hunting him are politically motivated, and that the entire ”destruction” of Agrokor (in his own words) has been a political show, with an ”illegal” law (Lex Agrokor) which he was forced to sign under ”blackmail, threats and duress” unconstitutionally passed in order to legalise the looting, theft and ruination of Croatia’s largest privately owned company. 

These, among other things, have been the most frequent bold accusations and insinuations from the big boss himself on his very many accusatory blog posts, in which he slings proverbial mud at almost everyone in a position of political power, his favourite ”culprits” being PM Andrej Plenković himself, Deputy PM Martina Dalić, Agrokor’s government appointed extraordinary commissioner Ante Ramljak and most recently, HDZ’s Gordan Jandroković.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković was unable to avoid the numerous expected questions related to the Agrokor crisis and the formation of the Parliamentary Investigative Committee during his time in Brussels, Belgium.

“What’s happening with the Commission, as far as myself and many lawmakers from the academic community know, is ceasing to work. At the same time, as far as we’re concerned, we’re ready for discussions and any topics. I even suggested a joint session of the Committee on Economy and Finance. What is important is the substance, not the body. It isn’t about any of us having anything to do with this process, or wanting to turn it away from the public eye [interest]. It’s about respecting the law. They’re pretty clear to me. At the same time, the Parliament has a number of options to discuss everything thoroughly. There are laws in Croatia and Parliament brings them in. That topic is so potent without any real reason [for it to be],” Plenković said.

When faced with the uncomfortable question of will happen if Ivica Todorić manages to avoid extradition and calls for political persecution, the prime minister replied:

“I dismiss any kind of insinuation of any political persecution. That’s clear to everyone. As far as the mechanisms are concerned, there is the European Arrest Warrant at the EU level. There are [also] other conventions with other countries. [This is] the only legal and legitimate way,” concluded Prime Minister Plenković.


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