SOCIETAL CAPTURE III: Can the Ministry of the Interior, engaged in business contracting with the suspect (Pripuz), impartially conduct the criminal procedure against him!?
Translation: Fairpress
Authors: M. Podumljak, A. Hećimović
In the previous sequels we covered the story of how due to the sluggishness of USKOK (Office for the Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime) and the judiciary, Bandić, Ljubičić nad Pripuz were allowed to continue doing business for which they were suspected and arrested at the beginning of the AGRAM affair due to suspicion of abuse in awarding contracts for waste management and the damage which was created for the public company Čistoća in the amount of over 2 million HRK (you can read the article here). We also wrote about how the acrobatics in switching positions in the Management of Zagreb Holding between long-time close associates, Slobodan Ljubičić and his deputy Ana Stojić Deban, ensured “management continuity”, i.e. influence on the outcome of the decision-making in Zagreb Holding – which you can read more about here. To recall, first Ana stojić Deban was the deputy of Slobodan Ljubičić in the Freight Station since 2003 and then at Zagreb Holding, when he became president of the Management Board. After the spectacular arrests and  coming out of custody, Ljubičić became deputy of the newly elected president of the Management Board of Zagreb Holding, Ana Stojić Deban; and contracts between the C.I.O.S. group and Zagreb Holding were still being signed. Only this time, in a much larger amount, which in just one year, reached value of over 50 million HRK.

However, to understand the whole story it’s important to recall how today’s C.I.O.S. group was established. Because in the beginning there was the word, (C.I.O.M.), which is important for apprehending today’s story.

The Limited liability company “C.I.O.M. – TRGOVINA” was founded by a Memorandum of Association of a joint company in February 1991. The founders of the company were Marijana Cigić, Zoran Pripuz and Berislav Leko. In February and November of 1994 contracts of assignment of shares in the company without a fee were concluded, by which Marijana Cigić transferred her shares in the company to Ante Pamuković, Zoran Pripuz transferred his shares to Petar Pripuz, and Berislav Leko transferred his to Ivan Leko. Although you probably already know Ivan Leko from some other stories, the person important for understanding the history of C.I.O.S. is Zoran Pripuz, brother of Petar Pripuz who would later on be tried for participating in the famous trial to “Criminal organisation”, after an even more spectacular arrest of suspects, some of whom, at the time, the police even tied to poles and carried them to the police vehicles. As in some earlier and later cases, Zoran Pripuz was unavailable to the prosecuting authorities because he got away from the place of residence on time. Later on, accompanied by his lawyer, as it was always before and afterwards, he would appear before the competent authorities. These spectacular arrests, just like the ones we recalled in the Agram case, also ended with stretching and prolonging the procedure, which in the end completely died out. However, the story doesn’t stop here.

A year later, in October 1995, a II. Annex Memorandum of Association was concluded, in which new founders of the company were stated, the founding stakes per founder were at the time 2 HRK, and the name of the company changed to “C.I.O.S.” d.o.o (Ltd), as did the address of the company’s headquarters. According to the

data from the Company registry of the Commercial Court in Zagreb, today the only founder of the company “C.I.O.S.” is Petar Pripuz. So, the first founder of C.I.O.S. was Zoran Pripuz, and today this company is extracting tens of millions of HRK from the state budget, as we’ve seen from public sources.

Considering the article started off with public procurement, procurement is still the topic of this article. All of the earlier mentioned contracts were being signed after the arrest of the key actors in the City of Zagreb, Zagreb Holding and C.I.O.S.. A justified question is being raised – did the management of Zagreb Holding know or could’ve, i.e. must’ve known that the ones mentioned were arrested (even if in that case their boss, Slobodan Ljubičić, was also arrested), and why didn’t USKOK nor the court prevent the continuing of actions for which this group was charge for upon arrest? If Zagreb Holding didn’t know, then there is an institution which must’ve known. Namely, during the months after the Agram affair broke out and the spectacular arrests, the then Ministry of the Interior (MUP) was also signing public procurement contracts with Pripuz, i.e. the companies he manages!

According to the data from PSD’s public procurement database in Croatia, integrityobservers.eu, the Ministry of the Interior (MUP – Police department) concluded 2 contracts with the company Metis d.d. (JSC – joint-stock company) in the total final values of 3.897.689 HRK.

The first contract was concluded on 16 March 2015, during SDP’s (Social Democratic Party) government (rule) for the procurement of a system of automatic reading of registration plates of vehicles in the value of 1.68 million HRK; the second contract was concluded on 28 February 2016, during the rule of Tomislav Karamarko (HDZ), for the procurement of hand-held speed-detection devices in the value of 2.21 million HRK. Both contracts were concluded after a conducted open public procurement procedure; three tenderers competed in the first procedure, and four in the second one. Metis d.d. (JSC – joint-stock company) is also part of the C.I.O.S. group of Petar Pripuz; namely, the company C.I.O.S. d.o.o. (Ltd) owns 3.755 ordinary shares in the Metis d.d. (JSC – joint-stock company) company which represents 53,13% of the stock capital, and which makes Pripuz the majority owner of this company.

So, our plates are being read by devices from the C.I.O.S. group, and the devices delivered by the same group are also charging us with fines for speeding!?  If it weren’t tragic, it would almost be funny and amusing. A key question is also being posed here – if in fact Zagreb Holding “didn’t know” about the arrest of its boss along with Pripuz in the affair connected to public procurement, a justified question is being posed of how come the police officers, who had been depriving Pripuz of his freedom in that case, didn’t know? Because, here it is, they too were buying from him. Some would wonder can MUP, engaged in business contracting with the suspect, impartially conduct the procedure against him? Perhaps this fact also reveals the reason for USKOK’s long-drawn-out indictment writing, i.e. the absence of its confirmation even until this day, three years after the arrests.

Enclosed:
Memorandum of Association of C.I.O.M. – TRGOVINA d.o.o. dating 4 February 1991
I. Annex to the Memorandum of Association of C.I.O.M. – TRGOVINA d.o.o. dating 8 April 1991
Company Share Transfer Agreement Free of Charge dating 29 September 1994 (M. Cigić transfers to A. Pamuković)
Company Share Transfer Agreement Free of Charge dating 14 February 1994 (B. Leko transfers to I. Leku)
Company Share Transfer Agreement Free of Charge dating 14 February 1994 (Z. Pripuz transfers to P. Pripuza)
II. Annex to the Memorandum of Association of C.I.O.M. from 10 October 1995
Historical excerpt of C.I.O.M
Notice on a concluded Public Procurement Contract MUP – METIS from 16 March 2015
Notice on a concluded Public Procurement Contract MUP – METIS from 29 February 2016
Connected articles: AGRAM affair I: USKOK and the County court of Zagreb allowed Bandić, Ljubičić and Pripuz to continue their lucrative business and 50 million HRK of income despite the spectacle arrestsAGRAM affair II: “Business as usual” for Bandić, Pripuz and Ljubičić and 50 million HRK of income before the eyes of criminal justice

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