Finance Ministry says It Helped in Investigation into Gas Trading Wrongdoing

By 28 August 2022

ZAGREB, 27 August, 2022 - The Croatian Finance Ministry said on Saturday it had actively participated in an investigation into a case involving abuse of trust in doing business and money laundering in gas trading, which resulted in the arrest of several persons on Saturday.

Investigators of the USKOK anti-corruption office earlier in the day arrested Damir Škugor, an executive in the INA oil company, and his father. Also arrested were owners of the OMS Upravljanje company, businessman Goran Husić and Josip Šurjak, president of the Croatian Bar Association.

Marija Ratkić, management board chair at the Plinara istočne Slavonije gas company, whose supervisory board includes Damir Škugor, was arrested as well for alleged wrongdoing in gas trading, which, according to available information, has caused damage to INA in the amount of more than HRK 100 million.

In a statement issued on Saturday afternoon, the Finance Ministry said that its services - the Money Laundering Prevention Office and the Tax Administration's financial investigations division - played an active role in the case.