Croat deputy premier resigns

2009-10-30 17:34

Zagreb - Croatia's deputy prime minister said on Friday that he has resigned after media implicated him in a corruption case.

Damir Polancec, who also was economics minister, said he had filed his resignation two days ago.

He said he will prove that he was "honest and truthful."

Croatia has stepped up efforts to crack down on corruption, a condition for joining the European Union.

Polancec has recently been linked, by local media, to a corruption case against the managers of the food company Podravka, including former and current CEOs who were arrested last week. They are suspected of embezzling money from the company to buy its shares for themselves and take control of it.

Polancec was a member of the firm's supervisory board at the time and opposition parties requested his removal, claiming that he "actively organised and participated" in the scheme.