Ex-Premier accused of abuse of power and financial gain from war.
Former Prime Minister of Croatia, former leader of the party HDZ, Ivo Sanader, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. Sanader is also being forced to reimburse the state $ 557 million.
This decision was made by the court in Zagreb.
Ivo Sanader was Deputy foreign Minister in 1993 -1995 years, that is during the war. Then he represented the Croatian government in negotiations with the Austrian Hypo Alpe Adria Bank, which the Bank granted the country a loan to buy premises abroad for diplomatic missions.
31 Aug 2011 the Office for combating corruption and organized crime, Croatia (USKOK) filed charges against Sanader, in which it was stated that in 1994-1995, he secured the signing of a loan agreement between the Croatian government and the Austrian Bank Hypo Bank in the amount of 140 million Austrian schillings and received a bribe from the Bank at 5% – 7 million shillings, or about 500 thousand euros.
Sanader has already served three years in prison, beginning in 2012, in this case, however, the constitutional court ruled that Sanader has restricted the right to a fair trial, and he was released. His lawyer said that his client had already served his sentence and will appeal.
Sanader is accused in several high-profile corruption crimes.
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