Todorić’s Other Son Returns to Croatia, Court Confirms Decision to Free Agrokor Suspects

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After arriving in Croatia, Ivan Todorić was questioned by the State Attorney’s Office.

Ivan Todorić, a son of Agrokor owner Ivica Todorić, has arrived in Croatia and this morning gave a statement to the State Attorney’s Office. His lawyer Jasna Novak told the media in front of the prosecution offices that her client had been charged with the same criminal offences as the other defendants in the Agrokor affair, reports on October 23, 2017.

Asked if her client would stay longer in Croatia, she replied that his wife is supposed to give birth soon and that therefore Ivan Todorić would probably quickly leave the country again. “His wife is near the end of her pregnancy and should give birth in just a few days, so he will probably leave Croatia but will cooperate with all inquiries from the authorities in the future,” the lawyer said. She added that her client had handed over all the necessary documents to the prosecutors. Asked where Ivan Todorić was at the time she was giving the statement to reporters, she said she did not know, but assumed he had gone to visit his mother.

Ante Todorić, the other son of Ivica Todorić, returned to Croatia on Friday and he also gave a statement to the State Attorney’s Office denying any wrongdoing. His lawyer Fran Olujić confirmed on Friday that Ante Todorić gave a statement defending his actions and denied everything he is accused of. “He did not respond to prosecutors’ questions, but he gave a statement,” added the lawyer.

According to his lawyer, Ante Todorić has again left Croatia in the meantime. “My client lives and works in London and has gone there for business reasons. But, if there is a need for him to be present here, he will return as soon as possible,” Olujić said.

He also briefly commented on today’s decision made by the Appeals Chamber of the Zagreb County Court, which decided on an appeal filed by the State Attorney’s Office against the last week’s decision by a judge that 14 of the 15 suspects should be freed from remand prison. The lawyer said they were satisfied with the outcome, but that they would have respected the decision even if was different.

On Friday, the State Attorney’s Office filed an appeal against the Court decision, which earlier last week rejected its request to keep 14 suspects in the remand prison. The Appeals Chamber today dismissed the appeal. According to Krešimir Devčić, a spokesperson for the Court, the motion was denied, and all 14 suspects will stay out of prison until the investigation and trial finish. The Chamber concluded that the appeal was not founded.

The 15th suspect and the only one who is supposed to be kept in remand prison is Agrokor’s owner Ivica Todorić, Ivan’s and Ante’s father, who remains at large and whose whereabouts are not known.


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