MP: Money Stolen from INA Could have been Used to Pay Bills for Every Household

By 1 September 2022

ZAGREB, 31 August, 2022 - Commenting on the INA gas trading scam, MP Nino Raspudić said on Wednesday that in any democratic country, the ruling party would be directly responsible for such a crime but that that was not the case in Croatia, even though the billion kuna stolen would be sufficient to pay households' winter energy bills.

Raspudić, an MP of the opposition Bridge party, recalled that after the final corruption verdict against the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), its president and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that the HDZ he was leading had nothing to do with the HDZ led by Ivo Sanader, but that now it was clear that the then HDZ was nothing compared to Plenković's HDZ.

"We are facing a difficult winter. It will be difficult to convince citizens, when they face enormous energy costs, that there is no money, so the possibility of social unrest cannot be ruled out because in this scam alone, the amount of public money stolen would be enough to pay one bill for every household," Raspudić said.

He added that the past and present members of the INA supervisory board, Damir Vanđelić, Davor Filipović, and Tomislav Ćorić, who were now publicly accusing each other, should "start talking and blowing the whistle as much as possible."