(FILES) In this file photograph taken on October 22, 2018 Croatia’s former prime minister Ivo Sanader attends a listening to throughout his trial in Zagreb, Croatia. STR / AFP
A Croatian courtroom on Monday sentenced former prime minister Ivo Sanader to 6 years in jail and the boss of Hungary’s MOL vitality group to 2 years for bribery.
Sanader — already serving time for a separate graft conviction — and MOL’s Zsolt Hernadi have been convicted for “receiving and giving a bribe” regarding a 2009 deal after the Hungarian agency bought shares in native oil and fuel group INA, the decide stated.
Judge Maja Stampar Stipic stated the deal allowed then-PM Sanader to pocket 10 million euros ($11 million) in alternate for granting the Hungarian agency management over INA.
MOL, whose major shareholder is the Budapest authorities, has a 49 p.c INA stake, whereas Zagreb holds a 44 p.c stake.
“As the top state official, Sanader … jeopardised Croatia’s vital economic interests,” prosecutor Tonci Petkovic stated in his last assertion.
Defence attorneys for CEO Hernadi, who was tried in absentia, argued that the prosecutors didn’t show an “incriminating tie” between the 2 defendants.
Both males pleaded not responsible and might enchantment the decision.
The former premier was already discovered responsible of the cost in 2012, however the nation’s prime courtroom overturned his eight-and-a-half-year jail sentence and referred to as for a re-trial.
Croatia has sought Hernadi’s arrest for years, however Hungary has refused to extradite him.
Sanader, conservative prime minister from 2003 to 2009, has confronted a number of different graft circumstances through which he’s suspected of embezzling tens of millions of euros.
In April he was jailed to serve a six-year sentence in one other corruption case.
In 2018 he was additionally sentenced to 2 and half years for warfare profiteering, however acquitted of abuse of energy expenses in one other trial.
Sanader is the very best official to be charged with corruption in Croatia since independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
Tackling corruption was key for the nation’s profitable bid to hitch the European Union in 2013.