The lawyer of the former Minister of Defense Mario Banožić withdrew the request for the activation and suspension of his parliamentary mandate due to personal reasons on Monday, following a submission on Friday. This information was revealed in the Croatian Parliament. The president of the parliamentary Mandate and Immunity Commission (MIP), which was supposed to discuss and decide on this request at the session on Tuesday, announced the cancellation of the session on Monday afternoon.
A few hours prior to the session cancellation, Jankovics stated that they would propose to the MFA to accept the request of Banožić’s lawyer in good faith, and that it remains to be seen how the remaining eight members of the Commission will vote. The expert services of the MFA have reviewed all the documentation related to the former Minister of Defense and concluded that all the submitted documentation was essentially legal. Additionally, it was noted that since the request for the activation of Banožić’s mandate was submitted to the MFA based on a power of attorney on Friday, three days have passed in which no one from the Banožić family objected to this power of attorney, solidifying the former minister’s intentions.
It was announced on Monday afternoon that the health condition of the former Minister of Defense, who was seriously injured in a traffic accident he caused and in which one person died, had improved. Banožić’s health condition has been improving, and he has been moved from the Intensive Care Unit to the Clinic for Neurosurgery, as reported by the Directorate of the KBC.