Croatian army commander removed from post

08:57, July 11, 2011      

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Croatian President Ivo Josipovic has decided to remove Lieutenant General Mladen Kruljac from the duty of the country's army commander, the Presidential Office said on Sunday.

"President and Armed Forces' Supreme Commander Ivo Josipovic has decided to remove General Mladen Kruljac from the duty of Army Commander" following the proposal by the armed forces' chief-of-staff and the agreement by the defence minister, said a statement from Presidential Office.

According to the statement, the decision took effect on Sunday.

Kruljac was arrested Friday on charges of illegal sale of real estate and land following a warrant issued by Croatia's Office for the Suppression of Corruption and Organized Crime.

Kruljac and five other suspects then have been under police custody, and an investigation has been under way.

Kruljac has been Army Commander of Croatia since March 2007. He is the highest-ranking military officer arrested in Croatia since the country declared independence 20 years ago.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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