Zagreb County Court will hear the trial of Božidar Kalmeta, former HDZ minister, on Thursday, November 23, in relation to the Fimi media affair and the HAC-Remorker affair. The Supreme Court ordered a retrial after a previous acquittal was deemed illegal. According to the prosecution, Kalmeta shared large sums of money with his associates from road maintenance and construction companies.
The remorker affair also involved other individuals who admitted to wrongdoing. However, unlike claims made in the indictment, the prosecutor has argued that Kalmeta did not organize a group to extract money. Two of his associates, Stjepko Boban and Damir Kezele, were previously sentenced. Other individuals accused along with Kalmeta were found not guilty as well, although the prosecution appealed the decision in the Supreme Court.
Kalmeta has denied the accusations, labeling himself a victim of political persecution. Contrary to the assumption held by the prosecution, the defense argues that admitting guilt under the law is not equated with actual criminal wrongdoing.