Pardons Commission chair says businessman pardoned due to poor health

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Acting in line with her powers arising from the Constitution and the relevant laws and at the proposal of the Pardons Commission, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has granted pardon to 25 persons, including a former owner of the Croatia Bus transport company, Leon Sulic, who has been pardoned primarily due to his poor health, Commission chair Davor Derencinovic said on Tuesday.

In a statement issued by the Office of the President, Derencinovic says that the decision to pardon Sulic does not mean that the 68-year-old businessman will be freed from the obligation to pay damages for defrauding Croatia Bus.

Sulic was sentenced in 2007 to seven years in prison for defrauding his company of HRK 15.5 million, and the Supreme Court reduced his sentence to five years.

He served the sentence in full, and in March 2014 he was given a final verdict of one year and ten months in prison for defrauding his company of funds which he used to buy an apartment worth more than HRK 589,000. The presidential pardon he has been granted now refers to that crime, namely to the part of the sentence which he has not served yet.

According to the statement from the Office of the President, which was issued following media queries as to why Sulic was pardoned, the main reason is the fact that Sulic has a heart condition and has suffered a heart attack and a stroke.

Pardons Commission chair Derencinovic said that the pardon in Sulic’s case referred solely to the prison sentence handed down on him for abuse of confidence in business affairs and did not mean that he would be freed from the obligation to pay claims and damages in the case referring to the Croatia Bus company.

(Hina) rml

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