ZAGREB, Croatia – The Croatian government accepted Thursday the resignation of the country’s attorney general after being forced to resign as a Freemason.
The government said it would ask lawmakers to confirm the resignation of prosecutor Drzen Jelenic, who came under fire after acknowledging his membership in a Masonic lodge.
Aerial view Croatian wave flag in Korcula, Croatia
Jelenic initially refused to resign, saying that membership in the fraternal organization did not affect his independence. However, the prime minister and other Croatian officials insisted that he step down as the country’s top prosecutor.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at a cabinet meeting on Thursday that membership in an organization or order like a Masonic Lodge could undermine public confidence in the integrity of the people who run the highest institutions.
“I would like to emphasize that this does not mean that the prosecutor violated the law or did not perform his duty objectively and independently,” said Plenkovic. “This duty leaves no doubt about independence or objectivity.”
Jelenic became a public prosecutor in 2018. Plenkovic said the government had no prior knowledge of his masonry affiliation.
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