One of Croatia’s key ministers was arrested on Saturday as part of a corruption probe, his lawyer said, in a serious blow to the conservative government.
Prosecutors brought construction minister Darko Horvat in for questioning after a morning raid of his home, the lawyer told state-run television HRT.
No further details were immediately released, but local media reported Horvat is suspected of handing out illegal subsidies while acting as economy minister in 2018.
The investigation might have even larger political consequences, since it also targets deputy prime minister Boris Milosevic and several former and current officials, according to Hina news agency.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic called on state prosecutors to explain the “dramatic urgency” of arresting a sitting minister and remarked that the timing of the move was “not neutral”.
“This move seems disproportionate to me, considering the case in question,” Plenkovic told a televised press conference.
While Plenkovic suggested the minister might be removed if he remained in detention, he underlined that parliamentary majority is stable and rejected the idea of a snap election.
Horvat, 51, faced strong criticism from the opposition and the media over a slow recovery from two earthquakes in 2020 and 2021.
The ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party has been accused of systemic corruption.
In November, a former minister was arrested under suspicion of fraud related to allocation of European Union funds.
The fight against corruption was key to Croatia’s successful bid to join the EU in 2013.
JUST IN: Benue assembly suspends four lawmakers
160 Nigerian youths get $1.2m grant for projects
CNG buses commence operations in Ogun
UK introduces tougher visa rules, limits dependent entry
FG funded 422 delegates to COP28 summit, says minister
DSS, NSCDC officials clash in Edo hospital
Army takes responsibility for air strike that killed 30 Kaduna residents
UNICAL students protest 100% tuition hike
Akwa Ibom closes Chinese firm over environmental pollution
Why FG delays electricity tariff hike – Minister
Tweeps react as 22-year-old Hijab sister rejects Alhaji’s proposals
EFCC arraigns 11 varsity students for internet fraud
EFCC arrests man for forging surety documents in Rivers
Oladips: Many Nigerian musicians are depressed, Idowest opens up
Mr Ibu is responding to treatment – Ex-manager Chochoo
Gov kefas reacts as Taraba student kills teacher
VIDEO: Thugs invade Osun APC secretariat
VIDEO: Strayed cow goes berserk inside NYSC orientation camp in Ogun
VIDEO: Are black cats bad luck?
VIDEO: Does COVID-19 only affect rich people?
VIDEO: Will I remain single if someone sweeps over my feet with a broom?
VIDEO: Gani Adams rallies Benin Republic monarchs for Sunday Igboho
FIDIO: Ǹjẹ́ Gbogbo Akitiyan Ìjọba Láti Mú Ẹ̀yìn Olóyè Sunday Ìgbòho Balẹ̀ Yìí Tọ́ Àbí Kò Tọ́?
VIDEO: Pastor Tunde Bakare declares National Movement
News18 hours ago
FAAN introduces ‘mystery staff’ to curb extortion at airports
News18 hours ago
Presidency criticized for ‘bloated’ delegation at Dubai climate summit
Politics18 hours ago
Kano govt official arrested over diverted palliatives
Metro16 hours ago
Fire razes Lagos building, one feared dead
Metro15 hours ago
Diesel tanker explodes in Lagos
Metro16 hours ago
Two landlords kidnapped in Abuja, abductors demand N20m ransom
News17 hours ago
1,197 Nigerian doctors japa to UK since May – Report
News16 hours ago
Spotify slashes 17% workforce amid economic slowdown