Croatian police have arrested former deputy prime minister Damir Polancec over alleged malpractice at the country's top food group Podravka, police said on Tuesday.
Polancec is the most senior government official arrested in Croatia's anti-corruption drive since Jadranka Kosor took over as prime minister last summer. Croatia wants to complete European Union entry talks this year and the fight against corruption is one of the main requirements from Brussels.
"I can confirm that Polancec has been arrested in relation to the Podravka investigation," police spokesman Krunoslav Borovec told Reuters. Polancec has already denied any wrongdoing.
Polancec had been a manager in Podravka before joining the government in 2005. He stepped down last October amid a series of corruption scandals at the company, when police arrested several former and current Podravka managers and accused them of trying to buy the company using its own funds.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 30 Mart 2010, 11:28