Fifteen more Croatian officers charged with corruption

ZAGREB, Jul 12, 2000 -- (AFP) Another 15 high-ranking Croatian army officers are to face corruption charges, only two weeks after similar charges were filed against 10 senior officers, the defense minister said in comments carried by the press Tuesday.

The ongoing investigation in the defense ministry will not spare even members of the army's secret police (SIS), Defense Minister Jozo Rados said.

The first 10 senior defense officials were charged with defrauding the defense ministry of 14 million kuna (1.3 million dollars).

The new charges were filed against 15 high-ranking officers, mostly for misappropriation of ministry funds, the Jutarnji list newspaper said, quoting unofficial sources.

Rados' clean-up of the ministry as part of his fight against corruption has been criticized as too slow by many, including Croatian President Stipe Mesic, according to Jutarnji list.

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