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Fresh charges for former Croatian prime minister

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Fresh charges for former Croatian prime minister

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Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, whose trial on corruption charges opened last week, is to face a fresh indictment.

The court is already trying the 58-year-old for allegedly taking a commission for a bank loan to the Croatian government in 1995.

Now he is accused of taking bribes totalling 10 million euros from Hungary’s energy giant MOL.

Local media sources claim a wealthy businessman and former friend of Sanader has plea bargained and testified to the financial transaction.

Sanader and MOL have dismissed as false accusations that he agreed with a high-ranking official from the energy company to do everything necessary to secure MOL a dominant position in Croatian oil firm INA in exchange for the 10 million euros.

Tackling corruption is a key requirement of Croatia’s EU membership.