Croatia's former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader gives a statement to the media after leaving a prison in Zagreb December 16, 2011. REUTERS/Nikola Solic
Croatia sentences ex-PM Sanader to 10 years in prison for graft
Posted : Tuesday, 20 November 2012 04:23AM
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for taking bribes from two foreign companies, becoming the highest state official to be convicted of corruption in the future European Union member state.
A Zagreb county court found Sanader guilty of taking payments from Austrian Hypo Alpe Adria Bank in 1995 and from Hungary's energy group MOL in 2008. Sanader has denied wrongdoing, dismissing the trial as politically motivated.
Croatia is due to join the EU in July 2013. Its efforts to fight crime and graft will be carefully monitored before then. (Reporting by Zoran Radosavljevic; Editing by Andrew Osborn)
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