Due to the request of the defense that the testimonies of witnesses for which they consider that the accused Croatian Collegiate Court of Appeals have been collected on Monday, did not issue a decision on the ground of indictment against the Zadar Mayor and former HDZ Minister of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of Bozidar Kalmeta with its associates split over 15 million and 850.000 euros from public road maintenance and road construction companies.

Kalmetin lawyer Krešimir Vilajtović explained that the defense of the two former HAC leaders demanded that testimonies of witnesses for which they consider Uskok to be unlawful examined should be extracted from the file. The Indictment Board rejected the motion for the exclusion of evidence, but the defense of that decision has the right to appeal, which will be decided by the Supreme Court.

"For Kalmeta, that does not mean anything, so we have not even put this suggestion," Vilajtovic said. He reiterated that he did not seek to seize any evidence because all the facts and evidence found in the investigation go in favor of them. Kalmeta is said to be mentioned only indirectly by former HAC leader Josip Sapunar. "All the other witnesses heard, no one mentioning Kalmeta, was not in contact with them. So everyone can be heard, "Vilajtovic said. He also reiterated that he considered that the proceedings against Kalmeta should therefore be suspended before the Accused.

Kalmeta did not come because his law left that possibility

To the journalist's question why Kalmeta did not come to the court, Vilajtovic said that law had left such a possibility.

Branko Šerić, lawyer of accused Igor Premilovac, whose confession was largely based on the Uskok indictment, said that his defendant's statement included a whole range of business events that were incriminated but only in relation to the first four suspects.

Nevertheless, he considered that the request for defense was not considered to be delayed because the law "was not defined as to how the witness testified before Usko". The defense, he recalls, is not allowed to attend the examination of the witness, and "the law at one point guarantees the procedural rights to the defendant to attend all the acts and later excludes this possibility in the specific examination of the witness".

In the Indictment filed with 5. June Uskok charged Kalmeta to link people from his ministry, Croatian Roads (HC) and Croatian Motorways (HAC) to withdraw multi-millionaires from these state-owned companies.

In addition to Kalmeta, the indictment included 12 defendants, including his closest associates from the ministry - the former state secretary and the president of the HAC Supervisory Board Zdravko Livaković and the state secretary Milivoj Mikulic, who was also in the HAC administration.

Among the defendants were former CFO director Josip Sapunar, who cursed Livakovic and Mukulić as persons who carried the money that the HAC subcontractors paid to the Austrian company of the Czech company Remorker International by Igor Premilovac. The indictment also mentions the former head of the HAC and the Croatian Roads (HC) Stjepko Boban, heads of construction companies Damir Kezele, Ivan Berket, Miroslav Bunić and Petar Peć, and people from HAC and HC Jurica Prskalo, Mario Lovrinčević and Sandro Vukelic.

Kalmeta from the beginning claims to be innocent

But Kalmeta dismissed all claims by Uskoka in media outlets, stating that he did not believe that the indictment would be raised because he "is nothing wrong" and that he does not plan to resign from the mayor's office. "I was deeply confident that this would not happen because I knew I did not hide anything or have anything to do with this subject," Kalmeta said after the indictment was filed.

Even before the HAC affair, which, after Fimi's media, became synonymous with spending money in the private pockets of the first HDZ in Zadar, was also linked to other affairs but he remained uncharted at the top position as explained by analysts by the fact that he has a strong electoral base in his constituency.

For all charges, such as the fact that in his six ministerial years, a mile of highways increased from 4,25 to 17 million, Kalmeta replied that he did not mean to resign because he was not held responsible. So in January, 2011. said he did not know anything about the allegedly high costs that the HAC paid to car dealers from Dugopolje to Ravča. Kalmet's name was also mentioned in the Fimi media trial in September 2012. when former HAC administration member Milivoj Mikulic testified at the HDZ and Sanader trial that the then minister Kalmeta sent him in cooperation with the Fimi media agency.

Several days after the indictment was filed for withdrawing money for road construction against Kalmeta, it became a legally valid investigation for abuses that, together with Livakovic, allegedly damaged the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure for more than 600.000 kuna, ordering through the marketing agency Fimi media propaganda film "Prometna renesansa Croatia ", which allegedly was neither needed nor used.

(Hina)