Milijan Brkić (Photo: Marko Prpic/PIXSELL) Milijan Brkić (Photo: Marko Prpic/PIXSELL)

Brkić is suspected of using the services of a former police IT specialist to monitor his ex-wife's emails without her consent. At the same time, it should be noted that his former wife has said the allegations are untrue.

HDZ Political Secretary Lovro Kuščević says the party's leadership plans to talk with Brkić and rejected claims that the party was using state institutions to resolve disputes within the HDZ.

"Neither the government nor the Croatian Democratic Union uses state institutions to settle any kind of dispute," said Kuščević.

Kuščević added that it was certainly not in the interest of the party for any of its members to face criminal charges. He then pointed out that he was not worried about how the complaint would reflect on the image of the party. "The HDZ has 220 thousand members," he said, "and a few individuals cannot tarnish its reputation."

Brkić has not been talking to the media since the news broke. He, his brother, and two other men who were named earlier are now all suspects in the probe which is related to the so-called text-messages investigation. The crime they are suspected of having committed is 'abuse of computer systems' - namely hacking - which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. The two other suspects are Franjo Varga, former police IT specialist, and Blaž Ćurić, a former government chauffeur.

Source: HRT