Croatia: ex premier Sanader convicted of corruption

Six-year term for 10-million bribe from Hungarian energy giant

30 December, 20:00

    ZAGREB - Former Croatian premier Ivo Sanader, who led a conservative government from 2004 to 2009, has been convicted by a court of first instance in Zagreb to a six-year prison term on corruption charges. The case concerns the sale of shares in a Croatian oil company, Ina, to Hungarian energy giant Mol 10 years ago.

    The judge said that in 2008 Hernadi allegedly paid 10 million euros to Sanader to ensure that the Croatian government sold to Mol the majority stake in Ina.

    Sanader was also convicted in two other corruption cases, including one which was confirmed by the highest appeals court.

    A third trial is still ongoing.

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