Croatian police arrest judges accused of corruption by former Dinamo boss

MP Dalija Orešković of the Centre party on Wednesday commented on the arrests, saying that it was “alarming that a fugitive from justice is the one making key moves in the reform of the judiciary”. [Shutterstock/ BalkansCat]

Croatian anti-corruption investigators on Wednesday confirmed, without revealing the suspects’ names, the arrest of three judges on corruption charges. They are reportedly those accused by former Dinamo football club boss Zdravko Mamić, who fled the country and is now living in BiH.

MP Dalija Orešković of the Centre party on Wednesday commented on the arrests, saying that it was “alarming that a fugitive from justice is the one making key moves in the reform of the judiciary”. 

In March, after the Supreme Court upheld his six-and-a-half year jail sentence, Mamić accused Supreme Court President Đuro Sessa and judges Zvonko Vekić and Darko Krušlin of corruption and bribe-taking, and calling Osijek County Court president Zvonko Vrban “a criminal who will be dismissed sooner or later.” 

“The arrest of the judges definitely casts a bad light on the Croatian judiciary, however, the arrests prove that there are no untouchables and that all should be held to account for the criminal offences they have committed”,  Justice Minister Ivan Malenica said.

He said that the vast majority of 1,700 judges and 600 junior judges did their job responsibly and conscientiously. 

“It is our goal to eliminate from the system those who do not do their job,” said Malenica, adding that the competent authorities would review the work of the arrested judges. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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