The trial of former Janaf director Dragan Kovačević, who is 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 as part of the Janaf scandal, and his indictment includes several other individuals, including entrepreneurs Krešo Petek, Edo Seifried, Ivan Širić, and Vatroslav Sablić.
According to the indictment by Uskok, 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. 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 a 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 amending the Criminal Procedure Code in June 2022. Despite this amendment counting asset freezing until the indictment is filed