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Croatia finds former PM guilty of graft

December 30, 2019

A court has jailed a former Croatian prime minister and the head of energy group MOL for corruption. The ruling marks another twist in the nearly decade-long legal battle.

Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader hears his verdict in court in Zagreb on March 11, 2014
Image: AFP/Getty Images

A Croatian court found the head of Hungarian energy group MOL and Croatia's former prime minister guilty of graft on Monday, marking the latest development in a nearly decade-long legal battle known as the Ina-MOL affair. 

Zsolt Hernadi was convicted of bribing former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader to make MOL the primary decision-maker in the Croatian energy firm, INA, for €10 million. MOL is the biggest shareholder in the company.

Croatia: The Sanader Case

Hernadi was sentenced to two years in prison while Sanader was handed six years, local media reported. The ruling can still be appealed.

Read moreCroatia court jails ex-PM Ivo Sanader for longer over graft

According to Croatian newspaper Novi list, the final part of the trial was conducted in his absence because he was recovering from surgery. Sanader has also been serving a prison sentence since April on another conviction.

Both Sanader and Hernadi were ordered to pay the total court costs of 60,000 Croatian Kuna (€8,056).

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lc/aw (Reuters, AFP)