ZAGREB, February 11, 2020 – The indictment panel of the county court in Velika Gorica did not decide on Tuesday on the merits of the charge against Damir Škaro, a former member of Parliament from the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and former president of the Siget Automobile Club, who had been charged with rape and sexual harassment of an employee.
Court spokesperson Ante Željko told Hina that the indictment panel’s session had been postponed following a request by the defence that all records of the examination of the victim and the witnesses should be declared inadmissible.
“The court has rejected the motion, but the defence has the right to appeal,” Željko said, adding that the session of the indictment panel, which can uphold the indictment, dismiss it or return it to the prosecution for improvement, would continue after a higher court’s decision on the admissibility of the evidence.
At the end of November 2019, the Velika Gorica county prosecutor’s office charged Škaro with sexual harassment and rape of a female employee at the Siget Automobile Club between June and August 9 last year.
Škaro, who did not appear before the court in Velika Gorica on Tuesday, was released from detention on October 24, 2019 pending completion of the trial. He had been in detention since September due to the risk that he could tamper with witnesses or repeat the offence.
The criminal complaint was filed by a doctor after the victim told her that Škaro had sexually assaulted her on the premises of the Siget Automobile Club early in August.
Following the allegations, the HDZ Zagreb branch launched a disciplinary procedure against its former memebr of parliament, Olympic bronze medallist in boxing and former president of the Automobile Club Siget.
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