Presidential Office Dismisses Claims by Fired Adviser Mate Radeljić

By 22 December 2018

ZAGREB, December 22, 2018 - Following claims by former presidential adviser Mate Radeljić that the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) was involved in his dismissal, the Office of President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović said on Saturday that no pressure had ever been exerted on anyone to resign.

"The Office of the President of the Republic most resolutely dismisses the malicious claims that pressure was ever exerted on anyone, either directly or indirectly to resign. In practice, only one signature is enough for an official to be dismissed or appointed at the Office, which makes the claims that it was necessary to inappropriately involve any third party all the more absurd and untrue," the President's Office said in a statement.

It added that the President chooses her aides in accordance with her policy goals and in the belief that they will perform their duties professionally and honourably, both during and after their term in office.

The President said she also expects all relevant services to follow the rules, laws, guidelines and professional standards in their work.

The President's Office announced in a press release on Friday morning that Mate Radeljić had been relieved of his duties as domestic policy adviser.

On Friday evening, Radeljić said in a press release that he had been threatened by the SOA and that he had been told by the President that he did not fit into her plans because he was an obstacle in her relations with the Prime Minister.

The SOA promptly dismissed his statement, saying that it operates in accordance with the constitution, the pertinent laws and the annual guidelines on the operation of the security and intelligence agencies adopted by the National Security Council.

More news on the so-called Mate Radeljić affair which has been in the media focus in recent days can be found in our Politics section.