Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL) Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

Prime Minister Plenković told news agency Media Servis that he had heard about the arrests from a police report.

"This is an operation carried out by independent prosecutorial and police authorities, as it should be," Plenkovic said.

"If the investigation proves that someone has committed a crime, they must be held accountable, regardless of their name or party affiliation. No one is above the law and our message is clear: An end must be put to corruption," said Plenkovic.

He added that a continued and uncompromising fight against corruption was his government's and the HDZ's policy.

Social Democrat MPs Saša Đujić and Mirela Ahmetović commented on today's arrests in Rijeka. They pointed out that what all of the suspects have in common is that they are all members of the HDZ. Prime Minister Plenković's party is burdened by corruption and places personal interests above those of the public, they said

"We hope these investigations will be expanded and that this isn't just an election ruse to divert attention from all of the other things the HDZ has done with that company," Duić told a press conference.

(Source: HINA/HRT)