The police directorate confirmed on Tuesday that after early morning raids were conducted, including in the city's administration offices, 12 people have been arrested in Split and that they are suspected of corruption, state agency Hina reported.
The police arrested 12 people in the early morning hours. Evidence is currently being collected and once the criminal investigation is over, the public will be informed of the details, Hina reported, citing a police press release.
However, citing “unofficial sources,” Hina listed the names of arrestees, which include businessmen Mario Jukic and Zvonko Kotarac, his brother Ivan Kotarac, architects Emil Sverko and Neno Kezic, a former councillor from the formerly ruling populist HGS party, Danijela Spalj, former head of the physical planning and construction department in the city administration, Lada Pocrnic-Mladinic, her husband Neven Mladinic, and assistant Ljiljana Poletti-Kopesic.
Kotarac and his architects are suspected of abuse of office and giving and taking bribes, Hina said. It is unknown what the others are suspected of.
Attorney Vinko Ljubicic confirmed for the media that he is representing Kotarac. Hina did not clarify which Kotarac he was referring to. Either way, Ljubicic did not wish to disclose any details of the investigation.
A spokeswoman in the city’s administration, Kristina Cuvalo, told Hina that the police arrived in the city council building this morning and that “the public would be informed later on.”
Neither Split Mayor Ivica Puljak nor his deputies have made any public statements regarding the arrests yet.