USKOK Takes Over Investigation of Agrokor Email Affair

By 16 May 2018

ZAGREB, May 16, 2018 - After criminal charges were filed against former Deputy Prime Minister Martina Dalić by the Free Croatia and Živi Zid parties due to the Agrokor email scandal, i.e. her email correspondence with the consultants and lawyers who worked on Lex Agrokor, the USKOK anti-corruption office is taking over that case, according to unofficial sources from the State Prosecutor's Office.

The charges were filed with the Zagreb Municipal Attorney's office. However, because they bring into question the actions of a state official, the charges will be investigated by USKOK, a special department within the State Prosecutor's Office, which will probably investigate the entire case of the ailing Agrokor food and retail conglomerate.

The State Prosecutor's Office is following the entire scandal since the first contentious e-mails were leaked and is also inspecting text messages that have been forwarded to it by the Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights and the President's Office.

The Security-Intelligence Agency (SOA) is also involved in shedding light on the scandal.

Dalić resigned on Monday saying that she had done so in agreement with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković because she had become too big a liability for the government because of Agrokor.