364 Arrested in Corruption Scandal in Croatia
The Croatian anti-corruption office USKOK has indicted 364 people and the pharmaceutical firm Farmal for conspiracy to commit crime, bribery, and abuse of office.
The indictment covers the largest number of the accused in the country's judicial history, the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office (DORH) announced on Friday night.
According to the indictment, Farmal's CEO Drazen Dedi and four other executives organized a network of doctors and pharmacists across Croatia to sell the company's products and in return offered them bribe, including money and travel, worth between 5-10% of the medicines prescribed. The indictment covers the period from 2009 to October 12, 2012.
The police detained nine suspects on November 13, 2012 as part of an operation codenamed Hippocrates, including Dedi and his closest associates. Farmal's executives hired 22 suspects who regularly visited doctors and pharmacists to reward them for prescribing the company products.
Among the accused are the chairman of the Management Board of Farmal, the executive director of Corporate Affairs, the director of Sales and the Regional Directors for the South and the North sectors.
Farmal is based in the northwestern town of Ludbreg.