Zagreb - Former Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic and his
brother Zoran, the team's coach, were charged Tuesday with "abuse of power
and bribery" in a multi-million euro corruption case, prosecutors said.
A statement from the national anti-graft bureau USKOK said
the Mamic brothers were charged along with one of the club's former directors
and a tax inspector.
The alleged offences cost the Croatian champions nearly 116
million kunas (15.5 million euros, $17.5 million) and the state budget 12
million kunas, the statement said.
Most of the money -- more than 12 million euros -- was
illegally acquired by the Mamic brothers, according to the indictment.
The money was allegedly embezzled through fictitious deals
related to player transfers.
Also read: Dinamo Zagreb boss rearrested over bribery charges
Zdravko Mamic, considered the most powerful man in Croatian
football, stepped down as Dinamo Zagreb executive director in February but said
he would remain an advisor to the club.
The 56-year-old repeatedly argued that the probes against
him were politically motivated "to destroy Dinamo and the Mamic
Mamic became Dinamo Zagreb's executive president in 2011 and
he has held top positions in the club since the early 1990s.
With three more matches to be played in the national
championship, the team have 76 points -- four more than second-placed Rijeka.
Dinamo Zagreb have won 17 Croatian titles since the country
became independent in 1991, including the last ten in a row.For
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