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05.24.16

Documents Show Zagreb Police Department in Investigation of Vice-President of the European Patent Office

Posted in Europe at 1:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

FIFA may turn out to be small nuggets compared to the EPO…

Željko Topić and FIFASummary: Željko Topić’s troubles in Croatia, where he faces many criminal charges, may soon become an extraordinary burden for the EPO, which distances itself from it all mostly by attacking staff that ‘dares’ to bring up the subject

“Hot new document from Croatia,” as our source put it, landed on our lap today. At the moment, this redacted document [PDF] is only available in Croatian, but we at least have the gist of it. Things aren’t getting any better for Topić and the EPO. The EPO is silent and inactive on the union-busting front, but people carry on speaking about it. It’s also on national TV channels.

“Remember that Topić’s shenanigans led to a lot of legal chaos, resulting even in suicide in Croatia (before the same thing began happening at the EPO, after Topić had come aboard).”Earlier this month we wrote about Željko Topić, EPO Vice-President under Battistelli, dodging judges and courts as though he was above the law. Remember that Topić’s shenanigans led to a lot of legal chaos, resulting even in suicide in Croatia (before the same thing began happening at the EPO, after Topić had come aboard).

“According to our information,” said our source, “the document is a request from the Office of the Public Prosecutor to the Zagreb Police Department carry out investigations and to gather evidence in relation to a criminal complaint filed against Željko Topić. The request from the Public Prosecutor was issued on the 10th of March and the police were supposed to respond within 30 days. We are trying to get a translation and obtain more information about the current state of the proceedings.”

There must be some more (newer) documents where this came from.

“We are going to publish more information (and perhaps a translation) once we have it.”As we noted here before, Topić is a well connected person in Croatia and he hired some expensive lawyers with powerful connections, but can these connections thwart legal actions at reasonably high levels? Is the system rife with corruption? Time will tell, but one sure thing is, in the lawless Eponia things aren’t any better (autocracy, mass surveillance, overt nepotism and controversial interrogation to name just few among many abuses).

We are going to publish more information (and perhaps a translation) once we have it.

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