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Three Years After Arrest, Trial of Kovačević and Co-Defendants in Janaf Scandal Begins on Friday


Nov 21, 2023

The trial of former Janaf director Dragan Kovačević, accused of receiving and giving bribes and arranging deals in the state-owned company, is set to begin at the Zagreb County Court on Friday, November 24. Kovačević was arrested three years ago in the Janaf scandal, and now he will face charges with several other individuals including entrepreneurs Krešo Petek, Edo Seifried, Ivan Širić, and Vatroslav Sablić, as well as two former employees of Janaf.

According to the indictment, Uskok claims that Petek paid Kovačević and his associates a million euros in a scheme related to jobs worth almost HRK 65 million for Petek’s company. Kovačević is also accused of receiving two apartments from an entrepreneur whose companies he arranged deals worth millions of dollars. Dozens of witnesses are expected to be heard during the procedure for arranging deals worth HRK 100 million.

Kovačević and Petek are also involved in a second part of the Janaf affair related to arranging jobs for Elektrocentra Petek. The Uskok launched a new investigation against Kovačević and Petek, suspecting him of taking money from Petek in exchange for arranging jobs in Janaf; and Petek of buying clothes for Kovačević and his family and friends.

In his statement before the indictment panel, Kovačević claimed that the indictment is “completely fabricated and false” and urged for a “quick and fair trial.” He also attempted to maneuver before the Constitutional Court to save his substantial assets but his efforts were unsuccessful. His assets had been frozen by Uskok prior to amendments made to Criminal Procedure Code in June 2022 which count asset freezing period until indictment is filed but it’s still unclear what will happen with his assets moving forward.

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