The trial for the siphoning of more than HRK 70 million from state institutions and companies in the Fimi Media case resumed at the Zagreb County Court on Monday, when transcripts of former HDZ treasurer Mladen Barisic’s depositions were read out and tapes of them were shown.
Barisic admitted to bringing cash to former prime minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Ivo Sanader and filling the HDZ’s slush fund with state money.
At the last hearing, he would not state his defense, so the panel of judges decided to watch the tapes and read the transcripts of his earlier depositions to the anti-corruption office USKOK.
“Sanader called me and asked that I collect as much money in euros as possible. I took that as an order, as I did before, collected the money and took it to Sanader,” Barisic said in one of his depositions.
He said the money siphoned through the Fimi Media marketing agency was used to pay the hotel bills of Sanader’s brothers and that he had to give them cash as well until Sanader stepped down as PM.
He said that at Sanader’s request, he paid for the import of Mercedes oldtimers for Sanader’s friend Mario Zubovic, and that he favoured the partner of Sanader’s daughter in the purchase of a car.