ZAGREB, October 29, 2019 – Interior Minister Davor Davor Božinović said on Monday evening that offences such as those committed by senior police officials Josip Ćelić and Darko Car could not be tolerated and that the consequences were clear.
“Since the very first day when we assumed responsibility for this system, we said that we would always stand behind police officers and the job they performed in line with the law… These offences cannot be tolerated and the consequences are clear,” Božinović said at a news conference he held after it was reported that a deputy police director and two more police officials resigned after traffic offence scandals.
Deputy Police Director Josip Ćelić, who recently made headlines after it was reported that he drove at 166 km/h on a road where the speed limit was 50 km/h, tendered his resignation as soon as an expert police team was sent to the Zadar County Police Department in whose area this traffic offence was committed seven months ago.
The Interior Ministry said on Monday afternoon that apart from Ćelić, Darko Car, the head of the Krapina-Zagorje County Police Department, resigned due to a similar traffic offence which he committed in the area within the jurisdiction of the Zadar County Police Department. Apart from these two officials, the head of the Zadar traffic police, Anton Dražina, also stepped down after an inspection team was sent to Zadar at the proposal of chief police director Nikola Milina.
Commenting on the latest developments and inspection findings, Minister Božinović said that “this is the way we run the system. I have said on several occasions that the Interior Ministry is a system that consistently and swiftly responds to irregularities in its ranks.”
“They (those officials) tendered their resignations and that’s what we expected of them to do,” said Božinović.
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