Giving evidence this morning in the largest corruption trial to hit Croatia, the boss of Zagreb International Airport between 2003 to 2009, has testified saying that he was directed to make one of his check-in staff girls the Director of Traffic by the former treasurer of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party, reports Croatian daily newspaper Vecernji list.
“Mladen Barisic wanted me to make Ivana Akmadzic, who worked at check-in, the director of traffic. They gave me 24 hours. That position is for the most experienced people because it deals with the safety of people and we took care in making sure that the most experienced and competent people were in that position. Barisic said that Sanader had ordered it and there will be no further discussion,” said former boss Bosko Matkovic whilst giving evidence in the “Fimi Media” case, in which former Prime Minister and HDZ president Ivo Sanader, the HDZ, several former HDZ officials as well as Fimi Media company owner are charged with siphoning around 70 million kuna (9.3 million euros) from state institutions and companies.