USKOK

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Croatian State Prosecutor's Office for the Suppression of Organized Crime and Corruption
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Logo of the Bureau for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime
Bureau overview
Formed December 3, 2001; 15 years ago (2001-12-03)
Jurisdiction Special body of State Attorney Office of Republic of Croatia specialized in fighting corruption and organized crime
Headquarters Gajeva 30a, Zagreb, Croatia
Bureau executive
Website www.dorh.hr

USKOK (Croatian: Ured za suzbijanje korupcije i organiziranog kriminaliteta, English: Croatian State Prosecutor's Office for the Suppression of Organized Crime and Corruption) is a body of the Croatian criminal justice system. USKOK is attached to the State Attorney office and specializes in investigations related to corruption and organized crime.

USKOK was formed in December 2001 and its headquarters are located in Zagreb.[1] The bureau's name is a bacronym from "uskok", a term used for a type of Croatian militia men, who had fought against the Ottoman Empire between the early 16th and 17th century.

Since 2009, USKOK has a counterpart in the Criminal Police Directorate which has an (intentionally) very similar name - the Police National USKOK (Croatian: Policijski nacionalni USKOK), as well as in the judiciary - the Court Departments for Criminal Cases in the Jurisdiction of USKOK (Croatian: Sudski odjeli za postupanje u predmetima kaznenih djela iz nadležnosti USKOK-a).[2] Described as "one of the world's most formidable anti-corruption outfits", the agency has prosecuted 2,000 individuals and achieved a 95% conviction rate (2012), including former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader.[3]

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