Internal Affairs and National Security Committee, SDP MP Ranko Ostojić (Photo: HRT) Internal Affairs and National Security Committee, SDP MP Ranko Ostojić (Photo: HRT)

The former adviser to President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Mate Radeljić, claims that he learned he was being fired from an SOA official, who also threatened his life if he did not go quietly. Lawmakers examined the allegations and the actions of intelligence officials on Tuesday, but found no evidence that the SAO overstepped its authority.

"We have not concluded that the Security and Intelligence Agency overstepped its authority. From the reports the agency submitted it is clear that such meetings had taken place several times at similar locations and had covered similar issues," said SDP MP Ranko Ostojić, the chairman of the committee.

Radeljić said he was not called to testify before the committee, a move that has been criticized by members of the opposition. According to Radeljić, the President had asked the head of SOA to tell her adviser he should step down. SOA chief Danijel Markić passed that assignment on to his chief of staff, Davor Franjić, who met with Radeljić at a café in Zagreb. That is when Radeljić claims Franjić told him that he would “run him over” if he made trouble for the President.

Ostojić says that if Radeljić wanted to, he could have taken the allegations to the State Prosecutor's Office. Responding to Radeljić's claims that he was not called to testify, Ostojić said the committee was charged with oversight of the intelligence services but did not have the authority that is granted to investigative commissions.