The Committee for Prevention of Conflict of Interest has unanimously decided to fine Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić 30 000 kuna for abuse of officials' special rights. At the same time they found that Independent Democratic Serb Party MP Milorad Pupovac violated the principles of actions by officials.
The committee decided to fine Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić because, after his lawyer Marijan Hanžeković secured 15 million kuna in bail for release from investigative custody, he signed a contract with the mayor's office on representing the city of Zagreb, worth 25 million kuna annually.
“By choosing and signing a contract with a legal entity that is in a dependent relationship with the official, he had significant financial gain, he abused rights that he has as the mayor of Zagreb and violated article 7, paragraph C, of the Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest. Thus I propose a sanction of 30 000 kuna in 10 installments,” said the President of the Committee for Prevention of Conflict of Interest Nataša Novaković.
The committee also found that MP Milorad Pupovac violated principles of public activity because at a session of the Council for National Minorities in 2016 he did not abstain from voting on the allocation of money for the work of the Serbian National Council, which he heads. Pupovac, who was at the session of the conflict of interest committee noted that he took part at the session in question but did not vote on the allocation of money, adding however that in 2016 there was, what he called, a government and governing majority that was led by anti-minority motives and funds were withheld from them.
The committee also decided that it will not initiate a procedure against President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović for allegedly accepting a gift of vacationing at a villa on the island of Vis owned by entrepreneur Hrvatko Šimunić. Procedures will also no be initiated against Minister of Defence Damir Krstičević, who was reported for hiring a party colleague, nor against Veterans Minister Tomo Medved for employing his son at the AKD company.
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