Split shipyard contract not harmful

27. Juni 2006, 00:00

Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader reiterated in parliament today that a contract on the sale of four ships by the...

Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader reiterated in parliament today that a contract on the sale of four ships by the Split-based shipyard "Brodosplit" to Cyprus was not harmful, warning Social Democrat Marin Jurjevic not to jump to conclusions with claims about the laundering of USD 6 million before the ongoing investigation was completed.

Jurjevic repeated his question about the Split shipyard, claiming that Interpol, the FBI and the Austrian police were investigating the case and that the Croatian Ministry of the Interior had informed the Austrian police of its suspicions about money laundering, with money following the route Split-Cyprus-Graz-Zagreb. He said that the PM had misinformed the public at the previous parliamentary sitting by stating that there was no suspicion regarding the contract.

PM Sanader said that the police were investigating all transactions regarding the contract, but that according to the governments information, the contract was not harmful.

An anonymous person reported members of the management and supervisory boards of the Brodosplit shipyard claiming that by signing harmful contracts they had caused at least USD 16 million of damage to the company. The Split County police department on June 3rd reported that an investigation had been carried out and that it did not establish any elements of criminal activity.
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